Professor and Chair of Sociology
School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts
Classroom Office Building 317
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, factors that influence variation in the incidence of hate crimes on college campuses, and the factors influencing Tea Party mobilization. She is currently conducting research on building social movements through connective events like the US Social Forums, the factors that have influenced changing representations of and attitudes toward LGBT people, and how ballot initiatives may sometimes inspire increased hate crime activity.