Laura Hamilton’s co-authored book, Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality, has won the 2015 American Sociological Association Distinguished Book Award. This award is only offered to one book a year, in sociology. The book has also been awarded five other awards during this same period.
Professor Dodson recently contributed a post to Mobilizing Ideas, a blog sponsored by the Collective Behavior and Social Movements (CBSM) section of the American Sociological Association.  The blog post “Too Far or Not Far Enough?” considers whether scholarly definitions of what “counts” as activism should be expanded.
Dreams and Nightmares takes a critical look at the challenges and dilemmas of immigration policy and practice in the absence of comprehensive immigration reform. The experiences of children and youth provide a prism through which the interwoven dynamics and consequences of immigration policy become apparent. Using a unique sociolegal perspective, authors Zatz and Rodriguez examine the...
In this special issue commemorating the 50th anniversary of civil rights, Valdez develops a critical race approach to better understand persistent racial inequality in the progressive, post-civil rights era.
Irenee Beattie has published a new article in Sociological Perspectives entitled, “Mismatched Educational Expectations and Achievement and Adolescent Women’s Risk of Unprotected First Sex.” 
UC Merced Sociologist Paul Almeida received the 2015 Distinguished Scholarship Award from the Pacific Sociological Association (PSA). The honor was given for his book Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2014). 
Her study challenges the emphasis on ethnicity in predicting assimilation pathways in favor of an intersectional approach that considers how multiple and intersecting dimensions of identity including race, class, and gender, shape the process of economic incorporation among ethnic groups.
Sociology Professor Paul Almeida has been awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to investigate Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) in Honduras.  The Fellowship will fund field research between 2015 and 2017. The University of California system has documented Fulbright Fellowships since the program's inception.  See data here 
Graduate Group Chair Paul Almeida has been appointed to the editorial board of Anuario de Estudios Centroamericanos. Anuario is one of the oldest social science and history journals in Central America and is published by the University of Costa Rica Press.
Sociology at UC Merced is a prism that offers insight and perspective into what's happening in the world. Trying to understand how people mobilize under democracies or military dictatorships? Ask Professors Nella Van Dyke, Kyle Dodson or Paul Almeida. Curious about how colleges and high schools perpetuate inequality? Reach out to Professors Laura Hamilton or Irenee Beattie. Seeking...


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