Dean Kyne serves as Assistant Professor of Environmental Sociology at Department of Sociology and Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He is a core faculty member in MA Disaster Studies program which was newly launched in Fall 2016.


Current Publications

Dr. Kyne recently published Emerging Environmental Justice Issues in Nuclear Power and Radioactive Contamination in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13, 700. Doi: 10.3390/ijerph13070700 (2015 Impact factor 2.471).


Current Research Projects

Dr. Kyne's current research projects cover environmental justice, environmental disasters, emergency and disaster management, urban and non-urban risks, and public health.


Dr. Kyne teaches Environmental Sociology, Environmental Disasters and Society in undergraduate and graduate degree programs. In addition, he also teaches introduction to sociology course in undergraduate programs.

Deformed Daisies Growing Near fukushima Nuclear Plant; Source:  NEONNETTLE

Deformed Daisies Growing Near fukushima Nuclear Plant; Source: NEONNETTLE

Media Contribution

Located just 55 miles west of Phoenix, the Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station has never incurred the slightest damage from earthquakes. After last November’s rumblings, can we still rest easy?
"Dr. Dean Kyne, a professor of environmental sociology at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley who has extensively studied the potential risks associated with Palo Verde, believes Arizonans may have become a bit too complacent about the dangers associated with having a highly volatile, 80-million-gallon-a-day water-guzzling nuclear power plant in the middle of the desert."

Online GIS Maps

Dr. Kyne published online GIS Maps, which display risks and demographics surrounding nuclear power plants and toxic release inventories.

Google Scholar

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