Professor Edward Flores’ book, Jesus Saved an Ex-Con: Political Activism and Redemption After Incarceration, is an examination of the efforts of faith-based community organizations to expand the rights of the formerly incarcerated. Read more:
Congratulations to Sociology Professor Laura Hamilton, whose co-authored book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality, has been chosen as one of the most influential books of the past 20 years by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Read more:
UC Merced Sociology graduate Amalia Perez Martin recently published an article in NACLA analyzing the new Cuban constitution. In this article, Amalia argues that the legal loopholes in the draft of the new constitution have political consequences. They may leave certain basic rights vulnerable, permit the rollback of the state’s social responsibilities, and facilitate arbitrary state...
UCM Sociology graduate student Hyunsu Oh recently published a sole-authored paper in the American Sociological Association journal SOCIUS entitled, “Institutional Supports and Life Satisfaction: The Case of Cross-border Marriage Migrants in South Korea.” In the article he demonstrates the relationships between social networks, marital migration choices, and individual well-being....
Maria Duenas has been appointed as a Student Advisory Editor to the editorial board of the journal, Social Problems. Social Problems is the official journal of the Society for the Study of Social Problems and one of the top journals in sociology.
Professor Eugenio Sosa, a sociologist from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), visited campus the week of September 24. He met with students and faculty on multiple occasions, offered a guest lecture in an immigration course, and gave a talk on social movements and democratic crisis in Honduras on September 28. The events were sponsored by the UCM Center for the Humanities and...
Two of UC Merced’s newest postdoctoral researchers, Colleen Cheverko and Maria-Elena Young, received the Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship (CPFP) for 2018-2019. The fellowships, which are for one year with a potential one-year renewal, provide professional development and faculty mentoring to outstanding postdoc scholars whose research, teaching and service contribute to diversity and equal...
Assistant Professor Sharla Alegria has been selected to serve on the editorial board of the American Sociological Review (ASR). Her position will begin in January 2019. The ASR is the flagship journal of the American Sociological Association and one of the most selective and prestigious journals for sociologists to publish their research. Congratulations Dr. Alegria!
UC Merced faculty and students were featured at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) held in Philadelphia in mid-August. Associate Professor Laura Hamilton won the Pierre Bourdieu Sociology of Education Section book award for her book Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women’s Success (University of Chicago Press). She is the only...
Maria Duenas won the 2017-2018 Fred and Mitzie Ruiz Fellowship. This fellowship is for graduate students who contribute to diversity through their careers. Maria wrote about her commitment to the Latinx community through her research, teaching, service, and mentorship. She plans to use this fellowship to fund conference travel to present her research and transcriptions of research interviews


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