Photo of Dianne SykesDr. Dianne Sykes

Associate Professor of Sociology

Specializations: Social Theory, Social Change, Gender, Minority Groups, and Criminal Justice

(704) 406-3915


Education: Ph.D., Texas A&M University; MAT, Pacific University; B.A., George Fox University


Professor Sykes' research has focused on a variety of areas, including multicultural education, media and children, telecommunications, and most currently animal rights and rescue organizations.  Professor Sykes is an active faculty advisor and student-centered professor.


Selected Books and Articles by Dr. Sykes

“Multicultural Education and Mexican Americans,” Latino Studies Journal


“Finding Ourselves in Each Other: Barney and the Other-Directed Child.” Free Inquiry in Creative Sociology. 


“Food as pleasure: Other Directedness in Food Ads.” Food and Society. 


Selected Presentations:

“Finding Society in Survivor: Teaching Social Concepts with Reality Television,” American Society of Humanistic Sociology.


“To All Who Come to this Place, Welcome: Postemotionalism and Its Discontents,” American Sociological Association, Washington, DC.


“The Little Girl was Saved: Organization Stories and the Adoption and Diffusion of Telemedicine,” American Sociological Association, San Francisco.



American Sociological Association

North Carolina Sociological Association


Curriculum Vitae