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11/19/2015
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...
11/15/2015
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.
11/01/2015
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...
10/14/2015
Scholars and educators alike believe raising expectations leads to higher achievement and self esteem among adolescents. But new research from the University of California, Merced, shows that when a young woman’s achievement level doesn’t live up to those expectations, the result can be an increase in risky behaviors. Sociologist Irenee Beattie, the lone author on the study published recently in...
10/05/2015
Current and prospective graduate students have new degree options at UC Merced, which recently received approval from the UC system and the WASC Senior College and University Commission for both master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology. Sociology students at UC Merced previously could only obtain a Ph.D. in social sciences. Having a formal Ph.D. in sociology will better equip those students to...
10/05/2015
Current and prospective graduate students have new degree options at UC Merced, which recently received approval from the UC system and the WASC Senior College and University Commission for both master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology.   Sociology students at UC Merced previously could only obtain a Ph.D. in social sciences. Having a formal Ph.D. in sociology will better equip...
09/12/2015
First year sociology graduate student Benigno Merlin has been awarded a four year fellowship from the UC MEXUS-CONACYT Program. The Fellowship will support Benigno's studies toward a PhD in Sociology at UC Merced. Merlin also was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the Ford Foundation's Predoctoral Fellowship competition.  
08/20/2015
Laura Hamilton is the first winner of the now biannual American Sociological Association Sociology of Education Section Doris Entwisle Early Career Award. This award went to the most influential scholar in the sociology of education nominated within five years of receiving their PhD.
08/15/2015
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.
08/01/2015
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.

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