Zulema Valdez, UC Merced (with J Wallander, S Ramirez, R DeLugan, and S Roussos) has been awarded a 3 year, NIH CBPR Grant Award for the project, “A CBPR Initiative to Address Obesity Disparities for Latinos in the California Central Valley.” The award creates a formal CBPR initiative that establishes a community-academic partnership to address obesity disparities among Latinos, with...
Zulema Valdez, UC Merced, was appointed to serve a three year term on the editorial board of Contexts Magazine, Jan 2015- Dec 2017.
Zulema Valdez, UC Merced, was appointed to serve a three year term on the ASA Dissertation Award Selection Committee, Jan 2015 - Dec 2017
Professor Whitney Laster was awarded the Graduate Student Paper Award from Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) Division on Racial and Ethnic Minorities for her paper “Racial Hierarchy and Racial Liminality in Contemporary South Africa.”
Sociology Professor Edward Flores received the ASA Section on Latino/a Sociology’s Distinguished Contribution to Research Book Award. Dr. Flores’ award winning book is entitled, God’s Gangs: Barrio Ministry, Masculinity, and Gang Recovery, New York University Press (2013).
The Sociology Department welcomes four new faculty members in July. They are Edward Flores (coming from Loyola-Chicago), Whitney Laster (from Vanderbilt), Elizabeth Whitt (from Washington University- St. Louis) and Marjorie Zatz (NSF and Arizona State University). Dr. Flores’ work focuses on race, gender, immigration and gang recovery. Prof. Laster’s research centers on racial...
Professor Hamilton’s article “Sexual Subjectivity among Adolescent Girls: Social Disadvantage and Young Adult Outcomes” (with Simon Cheng, Stacy Missari, and Josef Ma) is forthcoming in Social Forces.  
Professor Laster has had a paper accepted in the new sociology journal, Social Currents. The paper, “Staking Territory in the ”World White Wed“: An Exploration of the Roles of Overt and Color-blind Racism in Maintaining Boundaries on a Popular Web Site,” was co-authored with Heather H. Kettrey.    
Tanya Golash-Boza was awarded a University of California Humanities Research Institute Short-Term Residential Fellowship for “The Other Immigrants: 21st Century ”White“ Immigrants and Migration Studies in the U.S.” (with Ana Aparicio, Jemima Pierre, and David Torres-Rouff)  
Paul Almeida was elected to serve as Chair of the American Sociological Association’s Section on Political Economy of the World System (PEWS) for 2015–2016.  


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Zulema Valdez, Associate Professor
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