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...
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.    


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