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Nationally Recognized Faculty
Our nationally recognized Sociology faculty have published numerous books and earned many awards.
Sociology Graduate Students in Class with Professor Almeida
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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Featured Books

Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Daisy Verduzco Reyes
Authors: Irenee Beattie
Authors: Marjorie S. Zatz
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Edward Flores
Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Movimientos sociales by Paul Almeida
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Edward Flores
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza

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Featured News

November 17, 2020

Several UC Merced undergraduate sociology majors presented their research at the annual meetings of the California Sociological Association (CSA) on November 6 and 7. The theme for this year's...

Professors Nancy Burke and Whitney Pirtle are the two newest MacArthur Foundation chairs at UC Merced.
November 9, 2020

Two female faculty members of UC Merced’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) have been named the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation chairs, making four prestigious...

November 6, 2020

A year ago, facial recognition was rare in schools. In October 2019, WIRED identified eight public districts that were part of an early vanguard using the technology, on the premise that...