Everyone is invited to a special event featuring UCLA Professor Jemima Pierre, speaking on “Africa and the Project of Black Studies” as part of a workshop entitled “The Critical Politics of Diversity in the Multiversity: Towards Africana Studies in the UC System.” Pierre, a professor of anthropology and African studies, will speak at 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, in the Crescent Arch Room. The...
On Friday morning, the sociology colloquium series sponsored a talk by Professor Jennifer Singh from Georgia Tech University with dozens of students and faculty in attendance. Drawing on the analytic framework of intersectionality developed by Black feminist scholars, Dr. Singh presented her research using a multi-level qualitative analysis based on in-depth interviews with Black women who are...
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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,...
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...
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...
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...


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