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Sociology Boasts 11 Tenure-Track Faculty Placements in Its Short History
UC Merced’s Sociology Department has already begun shaping the future of the professoriate.
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Nationally Recognized Faculty
Our nationally recognized Sociology faculty have published numerous books and earned many awards.
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Professor Whitney Laster Pirtle during a class lecture
Fellowship Allows Professor Laster Pirtle Renewed Focus on Sociology of Race in South Africa
Professor Beattie and Graduate Student Awarded Grant to Study Teacher Retention

Sociology at
UC Merced

Sociology at UC Merced emphasizes the areas of social stratification/inequality, immigration, race/ethnicity, gender studies, education, political and collective empowerment, and globalization. With 17 faculty members, sociology registers some of the highest course enrollments on campus.

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Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization
Authors: Paul Almeida
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Authors: Edward Flores
Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Irenee Beattie
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Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Edward Flores
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
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Authors: Charlie Eaton
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Movimientos sociales by Paul Almeida
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Yang Lor
Authors: Whitney Pirtle
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Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Meredith Van Natta
Authors: Nella Van Dyke
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Authors: Daisy Verduzco Reyes
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Sociology Virtual Information Session

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Featured News

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February 27, 2024
A team of UC Merced researchers wants to tap into the power of W.E.B. Du Bois, embarking on a multi-institution project to free the pioneering sociologist and activist from the margins of textbooks...
February 16, 2024
This upcoming talk will show how a century of redlining, disinvestment, and the War on Drugs wreaked devastation on Black people and paved the way for gentrification in Washington, DC.
January 26, 2024
Bill Ackman's battle with the Ivy League is about more than DEI: Gen Z are graduating without the right behavioral and emotional skills for the workplace