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

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Featured News

April 19, 2021

For generations, people of color have had to pass for survival. Now white people are wearing the experiences of racialized people like a costume-- and getting called out for it.  "...

April 15, 2021

Dr. Whitney Pirtle (Sociology) and Tashelle Wright (Public Health) are researchers at the UC Merced. Their most recent work takes an intersectional approach to exploring and analyzing preventable...

Alicia Garza is a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Global Network.
April 13, 2021

Alicia Garza, civil rights activist and co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter and the Black Lives Matter Global Network, will be honored as the 13th recipient of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in...