Faculty Profile

Erik Love

Assistant Professor of Sociology (2009; 2012)

Contact Information


Denny Hall Room 105


Erik Love teaches courses on social movements, race and racism, and qualitative methods. He studies civil rights advocacy organizations in the United States. His first book, Islamophobia and Racism in America, was published in 2017. He has presented his research on the efforts of Arab, Muslim, Sikh, and South Asian American advocacy organizations at several academic conferences, in peer-reviewed journals, and he has contributed to a wide range of popular publications. His work has won the support of the National Science Foundation, the Richard Flacks Fund for the Study of Democracy, and Emory University's James Weldon Johnson Center for the Study of Race and Difference. Originally from Detroit, he has traveled widely, including stints studying and working in places like Jerusalem, Cairo, and Kyoto. Erik holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where he was a Regents Fellow.

Curriculum Vitae


  • B.A., Albion College, 2001
  • M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006
  • Ph.D., 2011

2017-2018 Academic Year

Fall 2017

FYSM 100 First-Year Seminar
The First-Year Seminar (FYS) introduces students to Dickinson as a "community of inquiry" by developing habits of mind essential to liberal learning. Through the study of a compelling issue or broad topic chosen by their faculty member, students will: - Critically analyze information and ideas - Examine issues from multiple perspectives - Discuss, debate and defend ideas, including one's own views, with clarity and reason - Develop discernment, facility and ethical responsibility in using information, and - Create clear academic writing The small group seminar format of this course promotes discussion and interaction among students and their professor. In addition, the professor serves as students' initial academic advisor. This course does not duplicate in content any other course in the curriculum and may not be used to fulfill any other graduation requirement.

SOCI 400 Technology and Society
How many times today have you checked your phone to see if you had a message waiting? It's likely that your answer to that question will probably be "too many to count." In the past two decades, rapid development of communication technology has transformed how Americans relate with one another. However, recent research questions whether the overall level of social connection in America has actually decreased over the past twenty years. This seminar will consider sociological theories about technology, and look at empirical research on contemporary lived experiences during rapid technological development, with a particular focus on communications technologies.

Spring 2018

SOCI 225 Race and Ethnicity
This course explores the historical and contemporary significance of race and ethnicity in the United States. Students will examine how racial inequality has become a pervasive aspect of U.S. society and why it continues to impact our life chances. We will address race and ethnicity as socio-historical concepts and consider how these “social fictions” (in collusion with gender, class, and sexuality) produce very real material conditions in everyday life. We will develop a theoretical vocabulary for discussing racial stratification by examining concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, systemic/institutional racism, racial formations, and racial hegemony. We will then look closely at colorblind racism, and examine how this dominant ideology naturalizes social inequality. With this framework in place, students will investigate racial stratification in relation to schools, the labor market, the criminal justice system, neighborhood segregation, immigration, etc. Finally, we will discuss strategies of anti-racism that seek to eliminate enduring racial hierarchies. Offered every two years.

SOCI 270 Soc Mvmts, Protest & Conflict
The study of protest politics and social movements is the study of collective agency. Social movements arise when people act together to promote or resist social change. Movements represent not only grievances on a particular set of issues, but also frustration with more established political forms of making claims in societies. In this course, we will engage with some of the large theoretical debates in the study of social movements, reading both empirical treatments of particular movements and theoretical treatments of key issues. The featured case studies will include civil rights, feminism, ecology, the antinuclear movement, the New Right and the alternative globalization movement. We will be particularly concerned with the social and political context of protest, focusing on basic questions, such as: under what circumstances do social movements emerge? How do dissidents choose political tactics and strategies? And, how do movements affect social and political change?

MEST 272 Islam and the West
Cross-listed with SOCI 272-01.

SOCI 272 Islam and the West
Cross-listed with MEST 272-01.