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:
She is currently conducting research on:
Nella Van Dyke is a key source for stories involving hate crimes and social movements. Specifically, she studies how collective action (such as union movements) influence social environment. Rather than examine what has occurred, Van Dyke delves deeply into the factors that lead to results related to protests, hate crime and social movements in general.