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
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 what this means for immigrants and immigration enforcement.
The article "Triple Jeopardy for Dominican Deportees" explores how 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. The article has been published by Professor Tanya Golash-Boza and graduate...
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 and move her closer to gaining tenure. “It’s a really big honor,” Pirtle said. “It comes at a great time in my career....
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 schools. The interdisciplinary grant, which is in collaboration with UC Merced CalTeach Director Chelsea Arnold and applied math Professor Mayya...
  UC Merced Sociology students and faculty actively participated in Bobcat Day festivities this past Saturday (April 21). Bobcat Day is an annual spring event where admitted students and their families visit the campus. The Sociology Club tabled the entire day. Students and faculty served on several panels and talks. Over two-thirds of the sociology faculty also took shifts and tabled for...


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