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.  
Almeida’s study on mobilization against globalization and economic liberalization processes was published this month. The book, Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest, examines the formation of oppositional groups and alliances at the local level throughout Central America.  
Tanya Golash-Boza was invited to serve on the Advisory Board of the journal, Social Problems.  
Maria de Jesus Martinez Mora received one of three Outstanding Graduating Student Awards from the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.  
Irenee Beattie has been awarded a research grant from the Center for Research on Teaching Excellence at UC Merced for her collaborative research with Dave Noelle, UCM faculty member in Cognitive Science and Computer Science. The project is titled, “Improving Computing Education for Students from Underrepresented Groups.”  
Sociology graduate student Marcus Shaw received a mini-grant to attend a special workshop on life-course data at Texas A&M University for his research.  


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