Professor Laster published a co-authored paper, “The Use of Psychiatric Medication, Human Capital, and the Amplification of Mistrust ” in Sociological Spectrum (with C. Andre ́ Christie-Mizell, Helena E. Dagadu, and Stacye A. Blount ).    
Nella Van Dyke has published an edited book (with David Meyer of UC Irvine) entitled, Understanding the Tea Party Movement (London: Ashgate). The volume includes contributions from social movement scholars analyzing the rapid rise of one of the most influential political groups in the United States in the twenty-first century.  
Violet Barton has been awarded the Eugene Cota-Robles (ECR) Graduate Student Fellowship  
Zulema Valdez, Associate Professor of Sociology at UC Merced, and Nancy Plankey Videla, Associate Professor of Sociology at Texas A&M University, have been awarded an ASA/NSF Fund for the Advancement of the Discipline Grant (2014–2016) for their project, “The Effects of Legal Status on the Social and Economic Incorporation of Mexican-Origin Mixed Status Families in the Southwest....
Irenee Beattie’s article, “Tracking Women’s Transitions to Adulthood: Race, Curricular Tracking, and Young Adult Outcomes” is forthcoming in the interdisciplinary journal Youth & Society.  
Zulema Valdez was elected to serve as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Latino/Latina Sociology, 2014–2015.  
Tanya Golash-Boza’s textbook, Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach will be released by Oxford University Press in August 2014.  
Professor Hamilton has two articles forthcoming in the upcoming months. “The Revised MRS: Gender Complementarity at College” will be published in Gender & Society and “Good Girls:’ Social Class and Sexual Privilege” (with Elizabeth A. Armstrong, Elizabeth M. Armstrong, and Lotus J. Seeley) in Social Psychology Quarterly.  
Professor Dodson has a study that will be published in an edited volume (Professors and Their Politics by Neil Gross and Solon Simmons). The study examines the importance of pre-existing political orientations for how students participate in college politics.  
Zulema Valdez published an authoritative research guide on “Latino/Latina Studies,” for Oxford Bibliographies Online in Sociology, Jeff Manza, Editor, Oxford University Press.  


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