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The Sociology bookcase on the second floor of Classroom and Office 2 Building.
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: Marjorie S. Zatz
Authors: Daisy Verduzco Reyes
Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Edward Flores
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Edward Flores
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Paul Almeida
Movimientos sociales by Paul Almeida
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Irenee Beattie

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