Dr. John Noakes

Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement and Student Learning

As Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement and Student Learning, John Noakes has primary responsibility for working with faculty on all aspects of their professional careers including, but not limited to, their classroom teaching and for working with programs and departments to assess student learning. 

His office sponsors numerous programs for faculty and staff, including the Faculty-to-Faculty Lunch Discussion series, and coordinates, with the Office of International Affairs (OIA), the Global Faculty Development Program (GFDP). During its inaugural year, the GFDP coordinated a trip for an interdisciplinary group of 20 faculty, including 12 from Arcadia, to Cuba to meet with faculty from the University of Havana and to learn more about this island nation on the brink of significant changes.

As chair of the Curriculum Assessment Team (CAT), Noakes coordinates efforts to assess student learning in the Arcadia Undergraduate Curriculum (AUC) and he works with individual departments and programs to assess student learning in the majors and degree programs. In Arcadia’s most recent Middle States accreditation review, Noakes chaired the committee responding to Standard 14 on Learning Assessment.

As a charter member of The College of Global Studies (TCGS) program review team, Noakes has participated in reviews of TCGS study away programs in Spain, Scotland, and New Zealand.

Noakes earned his BA in Sociology from Bard College and his PhD in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to Arcadia, he has taught at Bryn Mawr, Wellesley and Franklin and Marshall Colleges, and the University of Pennsylvania. His scholarly work focuses on the relationship between the state and political dissent. This includes research on the origins of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), FBI surveillance of Hollywood in the 1940s and 1950s, and, most recently, on changes in how police respond to political protests.

Recent Publications and Presentations

  • Gillham, P., Edwards, B &Noakes, J. (2013), “Strategic Incapacitation and the Policing of Occupy Wall Street Protests in New York City, 2011,” Policing and Society.
  • Cunningham, D. &Noakes, J.  (2008). "'What if She's From the FBI?' The Effect of Covert Forms of Social Control on Social Movements." In Mathieu Deflem, ed., Surveillance and Governance: Crime Control and Beyond, Sociology of Crime, Law, and Deviance, Volume 10: 177-200. Amsterdam: Elsevier (Spring 2008).
  • Gillham, P.F., &Noakes, J. (Winter 2007). "More than a March in a Circle: Transgressive Protest and the Limits of Negotiated Management." Mobilization 12(4): 341-358.
  • Noakes, J.&Gillham, P. (2006). "Aspects of the New Penology in the Policing of Recent Mass Protests in the US," In D. dellaPorta, A. Peterson, & H. Reiter (Eds.), The Policing of Transnational Protest, Ashgate Press.
  • Noakes, J.,Klocke, B., &Gillham, P. (2005). "Whose Streets? Police and Protester Struggles over space in Washington, DC," September 29-30, 2001. Policing and Society, 15(3):235-254.
  • Johnston, H., &Noakes, J. (Eds.) (2005) Frames of Protest: Social Movements and the Framing Perspective. Rowman& Littlefield Press.
  • Noakes, J.,& Johnston, H. (2005). "Frames and Framing: A Road Map," in Johnston H., &Noakes, J. (Eds). Frames of Protest: Social Movements and the Framing Perspective, Rowman& Littlefield Press.
  • Noakes, J. (2003). "Racializing Subversion: The FBI and the depiction of race in early cold war movies." Ethnic and Racial Studies, 26(4):728-749.
  • Noakes, J.,& Wilkins, K.G. (2002). "Shifting frames of the Palestinian Movement." Media, Culture, and Society, 24:649-671.
  • Noakes, J. (2001). "From water cannons to rubber bullets: how the policing of protest has changed and what it means." The Long Term View, 5(2): 85-94.
  • Noakes, J. (2000). "Official frames in social movement theory: The FBI, HUAC, and the Communist threat in Hollywood." The Sociological Quarterly 41(4):639-656. [Reprinted in: Johnston H., &Noakes, J. (Eds). Frames of Protest: Social Movements and the Framing Perspective, Rowman& Littlefield Press, 2005].
  • Noakes, J. (1998). "Bankers and common men in Bedford Falls: How the FBI determined that It’s a Wonderful Life was a Subversive Movie." Film History, 10:311-319.

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