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Judy Van Wyk

Associate Professor


Ph.D., University of Tennessee

Violence, White Collar Crime

Judy A. Van Wyk earned undergraduate degrees in Sociology from Connors Junior College (A.S.) and the University of Oklahoma (B.A. Summa Cum Laude). She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Tennessee. She is currently a tenured Associate Professor at the University of Rhode Island in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, and teaches general courses in sociology, research methods, and criminology as well as topics courses in terrorism, family violence, and white-collar crime. She is faculty advisor for Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society and co-chairperson for URI’s Multicultural Center Diversity Week on campus.

Professor Van Wyk’s research centers on violence and white-collar crime, and her work is published in some of the most highly respected journals in criminology and criminal justice. She investigates both victimization and the perpetration of crime and tests multi-level cross-disciplinary explanations for crime.

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Carlos Garcia-Quijano was selected to receive the 2013 Early Career Faculty Reseach Award in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities.Kudos to him!

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