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...
Kimberly Ramirez Gonzalez has been advocating for youth for four years and she is committed to dedicating the rest of her life to doing so. The third-year UC Merced sociology student takes the stage April 19 alongside world-renowned entertainers and social activists such as Morgan Freeman, Jennifer Aniston and Selena Gomez at WE Day California. The all-day event, held at The Forum in Inglewood...
For the summer of 2018, UC Merced Sociology undergrad Harmeet Kalsi has had a paper accepted to the August 2018 American Sociological Association (ASA) Honors Program in Philadelphia. Kalsi's paper asks how student debt might influence students' sense of self worth in positive or negative ways. The paper will be part at an undergraduate Honors Student Table Discussion. Kalsi also...
Recently Professor Laura Hamilton published two higher education articles. The first (with Simon Cheng), “Going Greek: The Organization of Campus Life and Class-Based Graduation Gaps,” came out in Social Forces. It shows that the presence of Greek letter societies at selective four-year schools, which tend to enroll students from a wide variety of class backgrounds, is associated with...


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