Dianne Sykes

Dr. Dianne Sykes

Associate Professor of Sociology


  • 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.


  • Social Theory
  • Social Change
  • Gender
  • Minority Groups
  • Criminal Justice

Selected Books and Articles

“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