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!!!!
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...
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...
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.


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