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...
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.  
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.
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.


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