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 success.  In this article, we review the literature on social movement coalition formation, longevity and success. We identify five factors...
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 Organizing) Live Free campaign. Faith in Merced is an affiliate of the PICO National Network.
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 participate in the university’s first Fall Commencement ceremony and celebrate his dream of earning a Ph.D. in sociology. Crediting UC Merced with much...
Professor Paul Almeida, sociology unit chair, teaches and researches social movements among other topics. 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...
15 UCM undergraduate Sociology majors attended the California Sociological Association annual conference in Sacramento this past Friday and Saturday. They attended half a dozen talks, networked with peers, grad students, and faculty from other campuses, and toured the state capitol building. Four of the students from the UROC program presented research in which they served as assistants this past...
The Bias Incident Response Team at UC Merced presents sociology Professor Nella Van Dyke, speaking on “Hate Speech and the Limits of Free Speech,” from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 29 in the California Room on campus. The United States has seen an alarming increase in hate crimes since the 2016 election, coupled with concerns over freedom of speech on college campuses. What ties these issues...
Yesterday the UCM sociology undergraduate program was accepted as a chapter in the Alpha Kappa Delta (AKD) national sociology honors society under the chapter name: Alpha Psi of California.  Alpha Kappa Delta seeks to acknowledge and promote excellence in scholarship in the study of sociology, the research of social problems, and such other social and intellectual activities as...
Outstanding contributions in service to professional organizations, academic institutions and the advancement of criminal justice have earned Graduate Dean Marjorie Zatz the Julius Debro Award from the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime. She will be honored at a luncheon ceremony today in Philadelphia as part of the ASC’s annual conference, where she will also...
Sociology professor Charlie Eaton's research was cited today in a major New York Times investigative report on the use of off-shore accounts by wealthy colleges to avoid taxes on endowments. Professor Eaton has studied how elite private colleges have maintained small and mostly wealthy student bodies despite increasing public subsidies for private endowments. He is quoted in the Times saying...
Professor Tanya Golash-Boza and Graduate Student Yajaira Ceciliano published a chapter in the book After Deportation: Ethnographic Perspectives edited by Khosravi Shahram and published by Springer (2017). This chapter analyses the experiences of isolation, precarity, and resilience of Dominican deportees. They argue that the ability of Dominican deportees to re-...


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