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06/19/2016
Professor Tanya Golash-Boza's new book, Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor, and Global Capitalism, has been chosen by the American Sociological Association Latina/o Section for the Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award.  The Award Committee commented on the impressive data collection and Golash-Boza's ability to make macro-micro links between...
05/18/2016
Professor Irenee Beattie has published an article on inequality in higher education in the Journal of Higher Education, a top interdisciplinary journal, along with her co-author, Professor Megan Thiele at San Jose State University.  The article, “Connecting in Class? College Class Size and Inequality in Academic Social Capital” analyzes survey data that was collected with the...
05/10/2016
So-called “helicopter parents” — those who hover over their children even into and through their college years — are often criticized for creating overly sheltered, unprepared young adults who boomerang back home. In her new book, “Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women’s Success” — published this week by University of Chicago Press — UC Merced Professor Laura Hamilton finds...
05/10/2016
So-called “helicopter parents” — those who hover over their children even into and through their college years — are often criticized for creating overly sheltered, unprepared young adults who boomerang back home. UC Merced Professor Laura Hamilton In her new book, “Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women’s Success” —...
04/16/2016
Professor Hamilton has been selected as one of only five scholars for the 2016 Early Career Researchers award from the prestigious William T Grant Foundation.  The grant will provide five years of funding for her research on the conditions leading to successful outcomes for disadvantaged college students.   Congratulations Dr. Hamilton!!!!
04/12/2016
A single mother in Guatemala works at a factory owned by a U.S. company, but doesn’t make enough money to support her family. She immigrates to the U.S. and finds a low-paying job with no benefits and no unemployment insurance, and when she gets injured, her son has to find a job. But he has overstayed his visa. He is arrested in Los Angeles in a case of mistaken identity, having committed no...
02/25/2016
Third year UC Merced Sociology graduate student Marcus Shaw shared the findings of his research at Cal State University Stanislaus' Sociology Colloquium Series on February 25. He presented his invited talk,"Parental Incarceration and the Intergenerational Demobilization of Minority Youth." The results of his study show that having a once incarcerated parent...
02/12/2016
Maria Mora was awarded UC Merced's Community Engaged Scholarship (CES) Graduate Student Award for the 2015-2016 academic cycle. The award is sponsored by the UC Merced Resource Center for Community Engaged Scholarship (ReCCES) and is given for research that has both a community benefit and academic component.  Maria's study focuses on the outcomes of immigrant rights mobilizations in...
12/16/2015
Angel Barragan took the long road to UC Merced. Growing up here, there and everywhere in the state, the high school dropout focused on survival. An injury ended his career in construction, but opened the door for him to pursue his dream of education and ministering to others. At 34, the sociology major works full-time as a local pastor while wrapping up his bachelor’s degree.
12/11/2015
Tanya Golash-Boza’s book Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor, and Global Capitalism was released on December 11, 2015 from New York University Press. Deported is a timely, provocative, and insightful book about mass deportation, an issue of tremendous contemporary public importance. Deported deeply engages with ideas of global capitalism while also maintaining a critical race and...

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