Sociology at UC Merced

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June 15, 2018
June 15, 2018 Sociology Professor and Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz was interviewed by the Phoenix NPR station, KJZZ, about the origins of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, how it has changed since its creation in the early 2000s, and...
June 12, 2018
Abstract: Unlike U.S. citizens, deported immigrants often face multiple layers of punishment for committing a single crime. But Dominican nationals face another hurdle post-deportation: discrimination from the government and in their home communities...
May 3, 2018
By Lorena Anderson, UC Merced Professor Whitney Pirtle recently became the first researcher to win the prestigious Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship while employed at UC Merced — a grant that will help her finish writing a book...
May 1, 2018
Professor Irenee Beattie and graduate student Melissa Quesada have been awarded a $40,000 research grant from the California Teacher Education and Research Improvement Network (CTERIN) to study the factors associated with teacher retention in underserved...

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Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Edward Flores
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Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Edward Flores
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Marjorie S. Zatz
Authors: Irenee Beattie

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Welcome

Sociology at UC Merced emphasizes the areas of social stratification/inequality, immigration, race/ethnicity, gender studies, education, political and collective empowerment, and globalization. With 11 faculty members, sociology registers some of the highest course enrollments on campus. At the undergraduate level, we offer a major and a minor in sociology. At the graduate level, we offer a Ph.D. degree. Our nationally recognized faculty are affiliated with several graduate training initiatives on campus and frequently involve graduate and undergraduate students in ongoing research projects. Indeed, in a recent external program review by outside experts, the final report concluded that the sociology "program is very well aligned with the institutional priorities of UC Merced. UC Merced’s focus on teaching, research, and public service – is directly connected with the Sociology unit’s priorities and mission. The faculty members in this unit appear to be deeply engaged in their teaching, as evidenced not only by their stated commitment to students, but also from the perspectives of the graduate and undergraduate students we interviewed. Their research is well-renowned; this is a group of faculty members who are making path-breaking and essential contributions to sociological knowledge."

 

Sociology Department Chair
Paul Almeida, Professor
 
Sociology Graduate Chair
Zulema Valdez, Associate Professor
 
Sociology Undergraduate Chair
Irenee Beattie, Associate Professor
 
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5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
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