Assistant Professor Sharla Alegria, along with co-authors Laurel Smith-Doerr and Timothy Sacco (University of Massachusetts)  published an article in Engaging Science, Technology, and Society. This publication is the culmination of work the team completed and presented in Washington D.C. at the request of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy under the Obama...
On April 6, during a faculty "meet and greet" reception with undergraduate and graduate students, the new sociology department display case was officially inaugurated.  The case will serve as a physical and visual hub on campus to highlight department achievements such as awards, books, and publications by unit members.  
Maria Dueñas was just elected to the Board of Directors of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) as the association's student representative.  She will now serve a 3 year term between 2017 and 2019.    
UC Merced Sociology graduate student Hyunsu Oh has been notified that he will be the recipient of the 2017 Pacific Sociological Association’s Distinguished Graduate Student Paper Award for his paper, “Immigration Pathway and Life Satisfaction.” The Award will be presented at the Pacific Sociological Association's 80th Annual Meeting in Portland in April. The Pacific...
Associate Professor Irenee Beattie has been elected President of the Sociology of Education Association (SEA).  The SEA is an international association of scholars in the fields of sociology and education that hosts an annual conference to share research and engage in discussion on issues at the intersection of sociology and education.  Her term as President will run from 2017-2019,...
Professors Valdez and Golash-Boza published the lead article in a symposium for Ethnic and Racial Studies. The article reveals the limitations of a research program that focuses on ethnicity or race, in isolation, and instead urges a new direction that brings them together. By connecting two separate threads of sociological knowledge -- the ethnicity paradigm, with its focus on group dynamics and...
This spring the Sociology Department hosted Dr. Gilbert Gee, Professor of Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA, as our colloquium speaker.    At his talk, Dr. Gee shared findings from his current research on racism and health inequalities over the life course. He began by explaining that biological notions of race are inaccurate, despite the...
Edward Orozco Flores (and his former student Jennifer Elena Cossyleon) have published "I Went Through it so You Don't Have To": Faith-Based Community Organizing for the Formerly Incarcerated, in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. The article examines how civil religion facilitates political and personal reform in the post-incarceration experience. 
Professor Valdez and colleagues published two articles focusing on food access in the Central Valley. These articles, published in Preventing Chronic Disease and the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, identify the factors that constrain healthy food access in rural food deserts, including cost and quality, and weigh in on interventions that may increase fruit and vegetable consumption....
Professor Dodson has  a new article (“TSMOs and Protest Participation”) published in Socius (a new American Sociological Association journal focusing on cutting edge research). The study examines the relationship between transnational social movement organizations (TSMOs) and protest activity and finds that protest is higher in countries that have more active TSMOs.


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