Wayne State University

Faculty and Staff Biography

Peter  A. Hook
Peter A. Hook
Assistant Professor
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Prior to joining the faculty at SLIS, Peter practiced law for two years and worked ten years as an academic law librarian at the University of Illinois and Indiana University.  His primary research and teaching foci are data analytics, information visualization, and domain mapping.  As to research, Peter enjoys enhancing data infrastructures by making explicit their latent structures and revealing relationships that would not be apparent otherwise.  His dissertation is titled The Structure and Evolution of the Academic Discipline of Law in the United States: Generation and Validation of Course-Subject Co-Occurrence Maps.  In this work, Peter demonstrates that course-subject co-occurrence analysis, the aggregate of the same professor teaching multiple, different courses, produces accurate topic maps of an academic discipline that are consistent with multiple external indicators of the topical similarity of the same course-subjects.  Peter's goal is to prepare the next generation of librarians and information professionals by utilizing his experience as an academic librarian, legal training, and research in information visualization and data analytics.  Peter has experience teaching Reference, Computer Based Information Tools, and Online Searching.  He aspires to teach these same courses again as well as courses such as Information Policy/Privacy, Legal Information, Legal Issues for Librarians, and Information Architecture.  Peter enjoys travel, photography, history, and spending time with his wife and baby daughter.

Degrees and certifications

  • Ph.D., Information Science, Indiana University (2014).
  • M.S.LIS, University of Illinois (2000).
  • J.D., University of Kansas (1997).
  • B.A., English, Literature, University of Kansas (1994).


Recent publications

Hook, P. A. (2017). Using Course-Subject Co-Occurrence (CSCO) to Reveal the Structure of an Academic Discipline: A Framework to Evaluate Different Inputs of a Domain Map. Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, 68(1), 182-196. [Journal Website]. [Digital Commons]. 

Hook, P. A. (2016). A Longitudinal Metric Analysis of Course-Subjects to Reveal the Evolution of a Discipline: Changes in the Teaching Frequency and Ratio of Courses in Law Schools in the United States Over 80 Years. Journal of Scientometric Research, 5(1), 13-24. [Journal Website]. [PDF].

Hook, P. A. (2014). Evaluating the work of judges. In B. Cronin & C. R. Sugimoto (Eds.), Beyond bibliometrics: Harnessing multidimensional indicators of scholarly impact (pp. 345-364). Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press.

Hook, P. A. (2007). The Aggregate Harmony Metric and a Statistical and Visual Contextualization of the Rehnquist Court: 50 Years of Data. Constitutional Commentary, 24(1), 221-264.

Hook, P. A. (2007). Domain Maps: Purposes, History, Parallels with Cartography, and Applications. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference Information Visualisation (IV '07), Zurich, Switzerland, July 4-6, pp. 442-446.

Hook, P. A. (2007). Visualizing the Topic Space of the United States Supreme Court. Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Scientometrics and Informetrics (ISSI 2007), Madrid, Spain, June 25-27, pp. 387-396.

Hook, P. A. and Börner, K. (2005). Educational Knowledge Domain Visualizations: Tools to Navigate, Understand, and Internalize the Structure of Scholarly Knowledge and Expertise. In Amanda Spink and Charles Cole (eds.) New Directions in Cognitive Information Retrieval. Springer-Verlag.

Hook, P. A., (2002). Creating an Online Tutorial and Pathfinder. Law Library Journal 94:2, 243-265.

Hook, P. A., (2002). Law Librarians Can Help You Save Money and Do Better Research. Illinois Bar Journal 90, 373-375.

Awards and honors

(2012). 2nd Place, ALISE (Association for Library and Information Science Education) Doctoral Student Research Poster Competition, 2012 ALISE Annual Conference, Dallas, Texas, January 18.

Academic interests

Data Analytics; Information Visualization; Legal Information; Reference, Information Policy; Online Searching; Legal Aspects of Librarianship; Academic Libraries; Bibliometrics/Scientometrics; History of Information; Information Infrastructures