Prof James Côté

Professor, Department of Sociology, Western University
  • Ph.D., Sociology, York University, Toronto
  • M.A., Sociology, University of Western Ontario
  • B.A., (Hons) Sociology/Psychology, Trent University

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James Côté is a Full Professor of Sociology at the University of Western Ontario, and regularly contributes to three fields of research: sociology of youth, identity formation, and higher education studies.

He is the founding editor of Identity: An International Journal of Theory and Research , served as President (2003-2005) of the Society for Research on Identity Formation (SRIF), and currently serves as Past-President (2014-18) of the International Sociological Association’s Research Committee (34) on the Sociology of Youth. He has served as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Adolescence since 2009.

Dr. Côté has authored or co-authored ten books and dozens of journal articles and book chapters in his three research fields. His recent books include Identity, Youth, and Development: A Simplified Approach (2016), Youth Studies: Fundamental Issues and Debates (2014), and Lowering Higher Education (2011).

Current research involves cross-cultural studies of identity formation (extending North American findings to Japan and Finland), testing the cross-cultural validity of his identity capital model and the various measures he has developed to operationalize concepts in the model.

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