Associate Professor of Sociology
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
Classroom Office Building 358
Office Phone: (209) 228-4106
UC Merced Sociology webpage: sociology.ucmerced.edu
Research Interests: Political Sociology/Social Movements; Hate Crime; Gender and Sexuality.
Professor Van Dyke’s research focuses on social movements and hate crime, with an emphasis on how characteristics of the social environment influence levels of collective action. Recent projects include studies of the AFL-CIO's Union Summer student internship program and how it has inspired student anti-sweatshop protests, how political threats inspire social movement coalitions, and the factors influencing right-wing mobilization. She is currently conducting research on the factors that influence variation in the incidence of hate crimes on college campuses, same sex marriage as a protest tactic, and a meta-analysis of the factors that facilitate coalition formation.