Assistant Professor, Sociology
Dr. Dirks teaches courses on punishment, crime and American racial and ethnic relations.
- Email: email@example.com
- Office: Swan Hall 235
- Phone : 323-259-2758
Education: B.S. Psychology, B.A. Sociology, M.A. Sociology, University of Florida; Ph.D. The University of Texas at Austin
In her second year at Occidental, Dr. Dirks was awarded the campus-wide Donald R. Loftsgordon Memorial Award for Outstanding Teaching. Her research and teaching
Dirks, D. (In progress). Punishment in the Age of Google: The Mark of a Digital Criminal Record. [working title]
Dirks, D. (2015). Confronting Campus Rape: Legal Landscapes, New Media, and Networked Activism. New York: Routledge. [Amazon]
Ekland-Olson, S., & Dirks, D. (2011). How Ethical Systems Change: Lynching and Capital Punishment. New York: Routledge. [Amazon]
Dirks, D., Heldman, C., & Zack, E. (Forthcoming). “She’s Hot and She’s White So She Can’t Be Guilty”: The Construction of Criminality and White Womanhood. Contemporary Justice Review.
Dirks, D., Troshynski, E., & Heldman, C. (Forthcoming). International Violence Against Women: Prevalence, Outcomes, Prevention. Women, War, and Violence: Topography, Resistance, and Hope. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Dirks, D., & Zack, E. (Forthcoming). From Lynching to Life Without Parole: Race and Capital Punishment in America. In S. Bowman (Ed.), Race, Ethnicity, and the Prison System – Critical Perspectives. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.
Worthen, M. G. F., & Dirks, D. (Forthcoming). Gender and Deviance. Handbook of Deviance. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.
Dirks, D. (2011). American Capital Punishment and the Promise of "Closure." Doctoral Dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin.
Mueller, J. C., Dirks, D., & Houts Picca, L. (2010). Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Other. In E. S. Adler, & R. Clark (Eds.), How It’s Done, An Invitation to Social Research (4th Ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth. [reprint] [link]
Rice, S. K., Dirks, D., & Exline, J. J. (2009). Of Guilt, Defiance, and Repentance: Evidence from the Texas Death Chamber. Justice Quarterly, 26(2), 295-326. [pdf]
Dirks, D., & Mueller, J. C. Racism and Popular Culture. (2007). In J. Feagin, & H. Vera (Eds.), Handbook of Racial and Ethnic Relations (pp. 115-129). New York: Springer. [pdf]
Mueller, J. C., Dirks, D., & Houts Picca, L. (2007). Unmasking Racism: Halloween Costuming and Engagement of the Racial Other. Qualitative Sociology, 30(3), 315-335. [pdf]
Peña, M., Hernández, E., Sotelo-Turner, C., & Dirks, D. (2007). Balancing School with the Call to Community Service: Hispanic MA Students in U.S. Theological Schools. Journal of Hispanic Higher Education, 6, 284-296. [pdf]
Moradi, B., Dirks, D., & Matteson, A. V. (2005). Roles of sexual objectification experiences and internalization of standards of beauty in eating disorder symptomatology: A test and extension of objectification theory. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52(3), 420-428. [pdf]
Dirks, D. (2004). Sexual Revictimization and Retraumatization of Women in Prison. Women’s Studies Quarterly, 32, 102-115. [pdf]
Dirks, D., & Rice, S. K. (2004). “Dining while Black”: Racial Rituals and the Black American Restaurant Experience. In R. Coates (Ed.), Race and Ethnicity—Across Time, Space, and Discipline (pp. 255-277).Leiden, The Netherlands: Brill Publishing.