Research

Selected Publications

Ekland-Olson, S., & Dirks, D. (2011). How Ethical Systems Change: Lynching and Capital Punishment. New York: Routledge. [Amazon]

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.

Under Review or In Progress

Dirks, D., & Rice, S. K. Homicide Survivorship, “Closure” and the Impacts of the Death Penalty in Texas.

Dirks, D., Chen, W., & Duncan, M. Allowing Victims’ Loved Ones to View Executions: An Institutional Fad? (In Preparation with Intellectual Entrepreneurship Undergraduates)

Rice, S. K., Dirks, D., & Exline, J. J. Faithful Departed: Assessing Desires for Atonement in Death Chamber Narratives.

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