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James Baker

Communication Studies
(408) 855-5411
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Office Location: SEC 248N

During his Ph.D., James focused on research examining the nature of student motivation, cognition, and learning in and outside of the classroom - and how this may or may not be influenced by instructor behaviors. Also, he was interested in investigating the dark side of interpersonal relationships, such as conflict, relational turbulence, jealousy, among others.  

James loves sharing these theoretical and research-based practices in his Communication Studies classes.


  • Ph.D., Instructional Communication, West Virginia University
  • M.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento
  • B.A., Communication Studies, California State University, Sacramento

Courses Taught

  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Small Group Communication
  • Communication in the Workplace
  • Communication Theory
  • Public Speaking
  • Persuasion
  • Organizational Communication
  • Undergraduate Research Methods
  • Introduction to Communication

Fast Facts

ames grew up in the Bay Area and enjoys exploring all that California has to offer. When not teaching, he loves traveling and training his awesome Australian Shepherd mix dog, named Indy. James enjoys hiking, traveling, skiing (both snow and water), cooking, spending time with family and friends, and the outdoors.

Favorite Quotes

“Not all those who wonder are lost” - J.R.R. Tolkien

“I want a life I can live, not just a life I can live with” – Zachary Kale