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...
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.
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...
Entrepreneurs and the Search for the American Dream explores several "myths" associated with American entrepreneurship: the idea that small business owners are "job creators"; that entrepreneurs are the "backbone" or "engine" of the economy; that entrepreneurship provides a path of economic mobility for immigrants, ethnic and racial minorities, and...
Paul Almeida presented the Spanish translation of Waves of Protest to the History and Sociology Departments at the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH). Link to Full Story
Professor Dodson’s research on gender and protest activity was recently published in Social Currents.  In the article, he shows how shared beliefs about gender influence the kinds of protest in which men and women participate.  In contexts where the public holds more traditional gender attitudes, women are less likely than men to participate in confrontational forms of activism....
Paul Almeida and Allen Cordero presented their recently published edited volume the Handbook of Social Movements across Latin America (2015) at the Latin American Sociological Association Meetings on November 30 in Costa Rica.
The Economic Policy Institute hosted an event to present a new book on deportations which explores how they have become a tool in a broader strategy to police immigrant workers and keep them exploited in the name of global capitalism. Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza, the author of Deported: Policing Immigrants, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism was joined by three experts who each responded to...
The Spanish translation of Paul Almeida's book, Olas de Movilizacion Popular, was listed as a top 10 Best Seller in El Salvador. The study focuses on the rise and fall of waves of popular mobilization and social change in El Salvador between 1925 and 2010. A national radio show dedicated to the book in late December 2015 is available on podcast here.
Professor Dodson’s article on the importance of economic threat for protest participation was recently accepted for publication at Sociological Perspectives.  The articles demonstrates that the mobilizing influence of economic threat (in this case, rising unemployment) is strongest when individuals lack economic protection, where important sources of economic protection come from...


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