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09/14/2017
Faculty, graduate students, and family celebrated the incoming academic year with a picnic at Lake Yosemite. New faculty members, graduate students, and sociology club officers were introduced at the evening activity.
08/29/2017
Professor Charlie Eaton has joined UC Merced Sociology as its newest faculty member. Charlie received his PhD from UC Berkeley. He studies how organizations shape inequality through politics, public policy, and the economy. His current research traces how financialization has led to new inequalities in U.S. higher education.
08/28/2017
Professor Dodson recently published a study in Social Forces that examines how economic downturns can mobilize class conflict over tax policy.  He finds that during periods of economic distress, manual workers advocate shifting the burden of paying taxes to the more affluent.  Conversely, the more affluent prefer to shift the burden of paying taxes to those with lower incomes.
08/25/2017
UC Merced PhD Student Marcus Shaw has accepted a tenure track position in Fresno State's Department of Criminology. Marcus was a member of the inaugural cohort of PhD students at UC Merced that began in the Fall of 2013.  His research examines the impacts of mass incarceration for families and children.  Congratulations Marcus!!
08/25/2017
Professor Flores' Social Problems article, "Grow Your Hair Out: Chicano Gang Masculinity and Embodiment in Recovery," won the ASA Section on Body and Embodiment's honorable mention for best publication. The article challenges functionalist-oriented perspectives on gang desistance, examining how the realities of faith-based recovery, from gang life, are rooted in masculine,...
08/24/2017
Tanya Golash-Boza’s 2016 article, “Parallels Between Mass Incarceration and Mass Deportation: An Intersectional Analysis” published in the Journal of World-Systems Research, won an Honorable Mention for the Race, Class, Gender Distinguished Contribution to Scholarship Article Award. This article brings together critical race theory, feminist theory, and world...
06/28/2017
Young undocumented Latinos who gain legal status, even on a temporary basis, experience significant positive effects on their psychological well-being, according to a new study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. UC Merced Professor Whitney Pirtle and UC Davis Professor Caitlin Patler examined the health impacts of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows...
06/12/2017
In a recent study of young Latino immigrant adults published in Social Sience & Medicine, Caitlin Patler (UC Davis) and Whitney Laster Pirtle (UC Merced) found that current psychological wellbeing is most strongly predicted by whether or not someone has Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program status. A summary of the results of the larger study can be found in the Law Professor...
05/12/2017
Three out of the eight students selected for the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) are sociology majors (Jovita Angel, Dakari Finister, Sarai Velasquez). A fourth student is a sociology minor (Katrina Villena).  Students received their honors at a special reception dinner with SSHA Dean Jill Robbins on the evening of May 12...
05/08/2017
Often, when people talk about or study refugees, the focus is on policy, rescue operations or terrorism. Rarely is the conversation centered on refugees as human beings. But a new collaboration among five UC campuses — including UC Merced — is working to change that. The Critical Refugee Studies Collective (CRSC) is funded with $1.6 million for its first four years through the University of...

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