Professor Bob Van Dyk

Bob Van DykProfessor
Department of Politics and Government


Contact information

Office: Marsh Hall 233
Phone: 503.352.2709
Fax:  503.352.3195


Ph.D. University of Washington, 1995, in political science
M.A.  University of Washington, 1989, in political science
B.A. Duke University, 1986, in history
National Endowment for the Humanities, Summer Institute on the Civil Rights Movement, Harvard University, Summer 1995


Professor Van Dyk’s teaching interests include constitutional law and civil liberties, environmental politics, and social movements.  He often uses a case-based approach in his classes.  Recently, he has developed coursework that includes the use of GIS technology to analyze political problems, particularly in relation to environmental policy.  Professor Van Dyk has won two awards for his teaching: one from the students and one from the faculty.

Fall 2012 Course

POLS 498 – Senior Seminar and Thesis

Winter 2013 Course

POLS 222 – Civil Rights Movement

Spring 2013 Courses

POLS 326 – Civil Liberties

POLS 499 – Senior Seminar and Thesis

Publications and Professional Work

Professor Van Dyk’s recent professional work has focused on environmental politics and forest policy.  He has received approximately $100,000 in grants and contracts over the last five years to support curricular innovation and develop environmental restoration projects.  He is currently the project coordinator for two restoration projects in the Forest Grove area.  In addition, he is involved in state forest policy.  He has served on several Oregon Department of Forestry committees, including the State Forest Advisory Committee, the Committee on Sustainability Indicators, and the first annual Board of Forestry Issue Scan Group.

Professor Van Dyk is currently working on a manuscript on the scope and bias of the pressure system in Oregon forest policy.

Recent Media Appearances

Professor Van Dyk’s work is described in the media here.

Extracurricular Activities

Professor Van Dyk lives in Forest Grove and enjoys drinking coffee, sitting on his porch, chasing his kids, tramping through the woods, and driving around in his old truck.  Here is his favorite sign:
Favorite road Sign