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Dr. Diane Bates

Bates 2 Phone: (609) 771-3176


Office: Social Science Building 337

Spring 2023 Office Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 12:00-1:30pm


Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. 2000 Rutgers University, Sociology
  • M.A. 1997 Rutgers University, Sociology
  • B.A. 1992 Humboldt State University, Sociology

Courses Taught

  • FSP 122:  The Vanishing Amazon
  • FSP 124:  New Jersey’s Urban Environment
  • SOC 101:  Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 227:  Political and Historic Sociology
  • SOC 302:  Quantitative Research Methods
  • SOC/ANT 340:  Social Change in Latin America
  • SOC 345:  Inequality, Pollution, and Environment
  • SOC 402:  Survey Research Methods
  • SOC 403:  Socio-Spatial Analysis

Recent Research and Activities

Dr. Bates has primary research interests in environmental sociology with dual research projects centered on development in Latin America and in New Jersey. She has published multiple articles that document the social impacts of environmental change in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and on environmental controversies in New Jersey.

She is also one of the principal investigators involved in the NSF-funded TCNJ Advancement Program (TAP), which has studied gender equity across disciplines at TCNJ.  Research from this project is featured by the Association for Women in Science.  Dr. Bates is currently working with colleagues at TCNJ and nationwide to determine if work-family balance and/or the promotion process varies by gender, discipline, or cohort.

She has served as the lead writer and academic consultant for the Trenton Prevention Policy Board, which seeks community-based solutions to curb juvenile delinquency.  She serves as the academic consultant for the health working group.

Research work with TCNJ students has focused on local environmental issues, including how the state’s communities and organizations are recovering from SuperStorm Sandy.

Dr. Bates is a strong advocate of community engaged learning, and has worked for the many years to establish programs that engage students in the Trenton metropolitan area, such as the Community and Environmental Transitions program, funded by the National Council for Undergraduate Research (NCUR), and the Bonner Summer Fellows Program.

Dr. Bates currently serves as the Coordinator for the Environmental Studies Interdisciplinary Concentration at TCNJ and as the Faculty Advisor for the Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta.


  • Bates, Diane C. Forthcoming [Fall/Winter 2015]. Superstorm Sandy: The Inevitable Destruction and Reconstruction of the Jersey Shore. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press.
  • Malerba, Holly and Diane C. Bates. 2014. “Does Participation in Enrichment Activities Affect Overall Performance of Elementary and Middle School students?: An Evaluation of the Relationships between TCNJ Bonner Center and Hedgepeth-Williams K-8 School.” Undergraduate Journal of Service Learning and Community-Based Research 3.
  • Borland, Elizabeth and Diane C. Bates. 2014. “Emerging Gender Parity and Persistent Differences: Cultural Shifts among Faculty Cohorts at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution.” Pp. 109-129 in Advances in Gender Research Volume 19: Gender Transformation in the Academy, ed by Catherine White Berheide, Vasilikie Demos, and Marcia Texler Segal. Bingley, UK: Emerald Publishing.
  • Bates, Diane C. and Elizabeth Borland. 2014. “Fitting in and Stalling Out: Collegiality, Mentoring and Role Strain among Professors in the Sciences at a Primarily Undergraduate Institution”. Polymath: An Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Journal 4, 2: 50-68.
  • Bates, Diane C. 2014 [2009]. “Population, Demography, and the Environment.” Pp. 107-124 in Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology, 2nd ed. by Kenneth Alan Gould and Tammy Lewis. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Bates, Diane C.  2009.  “Population, Demography, and the Environment.”  Pp. 107-124 in Twenty Lessons in Environmental Sociology, ed. by Kenneth Alan Gould and Tammy Lewis.  New York:  Oxford University Press.
  • Harker, Dave and Diane C. Bates.   2007.  “The Black Bear Hunt in New Jersey:  A Constructionist Analysis of an Intractable Conflict.”Society and Animals:  Journal of Human-Animal Studies 15, 4: 329-352.
  • Bates, Diane C.  2007.  “The Barbecho Crisis, la Plaga del Banco, and International Migration:  Structural Adjustment in Ecuador’s Southern Amazon.” Latin American Perspectives 34,3: 108-122.
  • Bates, Diane C.  2006.  “Urban Sprawl and the Piney Woods:  Deforestation in the San Jacinto Watershed.”  Pp. 173-184 in Energy Metropolis:  An Environmental History of Houston and the Gulf Coast, ed. By Martin Melosi and Joseph A. Pratt.  Pittsburgh, PA:  University of Pittsburgh Press.
  • Rudel, Thomas K., Diane C. Bates, and Susan L. Golbeck.  2006.  “How do Poor, Remote, Rural Places get Child Care Centers?:  Patriarchy, Out-Migration, and Political Opportunities in the Ecuadorian Amazon.”  Human Organization 65, 1:  1-7.
  • Bates, Diane C. and Thomas K. Rudel.  2004.  “Ascendiendo en la ‘escala agricola’:  movilidad social y motivaciones migratorias.” Ecuador Debate Diciembre:  103-120.
  • Bates, Diane C. and Thomas K. Rudel.  2004.  “Climbing the ‘Agricultural Ladder’:  Social Mobility and Motivations for Migration in an Ecuadorian Colonist Community.” Rural Sociology 69, 1: 59-75.
  • Bates, Diane C. and Joanne Ardovini.  2004.  “Victims in Developing Countries.” Pp. 194-208 in Victimizing Vulnerable Groups:  Images of Uniquely High-Risk  Crime Targets, ed. by Charisse T.M. Coston. Westport, CT:  Praeger Publishers.
  • Bates, Diane C.  2002.  “Environmental Refugees?:  Classifying Human Migration caused by Environmental Change.”  Population and Environment:  A Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies 23,5:  465-477.
  • Rudel, Thomas K., Diane C. Bates, and Rafael Machinguiashi.   2002.  “Ecologically Noble Amerindians?:  Cattle Ranching and Cash Cropping among Shuar and Colonist Smallholders in Ecuador.”  Latin American Research Review 37, 1:  144-159
  • Rudel, Thomas K., Diane C. Bates, and Rafael Machinguiashi.  2002.  “A Tropical Forest Transition?: Agricultural Change, Out-migration, and Secondary Forests in the Ecuadorian Amazon.”  Annals of the Association of American Geographers 92,1: 87-102.
  • Bates, Diane C. and Thomas K. Rudel.  2000.  “The Political Ecology of Conserving Tropical Rain Forests:  A Cross-national Analysis.” Society and Natural Resources 13:  619-634.
  • Rudel, T.K., K. Flesher, D. Bates, S. Baptista, and P. Homgren. 2000.  “The tropical deforestation literature:  historical and geographical patterns.”  Unasylva 203,51: 11-18.