Sociology at UC Merced

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December 12, 2017
Professor Nella Van Dyke and grad student Bryan Amos have published an article on social movement coalitions in the journal Sociology Compass.  Social movements rely on coalitions to help mobilize the mass numbers of people necessary for...
December 11, 2017
As a teenager in Merced, Marcus Shaw lived a life marked by poverty, poor choices and indifference to education. The idea of college — especially at the new UC Merced campus — seemed like an opportunity for someone else. Yet on Dec. 16, Shaw will...
December 11, 2017
Edward Flores was recently named as one of Faith in Merced's "Partner of the Year" recipients. He was recognized for working with a local community organizer conducting research for PICO's (People Improving Communities through...
November 27, 2017
With race, immigration, rising inequality, gender discrimination and collective mobilization grabbing current headlines, the work of the UC Merced sociology unit — always relevant locally — is gaining wider recognition across the country. “The unit is...

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

Graduate Studies in Sociology Poster

 

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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