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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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Our nationally recognized Sociology faculty have published numerous books and earned many awards.
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Fellowship Allows Professor Laster Pirtle Renewed Focus on Sociology of Race in South Africa
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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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Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Whitney Pirtle
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Movimientos sociales by Paul Almeida
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Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Irenee Beattie
Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization
Authors: Paul Almeida
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Authors: Paul Almeida
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Authors: Laura Hamilton
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Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
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Featured News

September 20, 2022

Department of Sociology Professor Paul Almeida is one of the coordinators, along with Professor Jorge Cadena-Roa of the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), of a recent issue of the...

September 18, 2022

Paul Almeida (UC Merced) and Jorge Cadena Roa (UNAM) served as coordinators for Issue No. 122 of the Revista Mexicana de Politíca Exterior on Elections and Social Movements in Latin America. The...

Sociology Ph.D. student Jullanar Williams Chancellor’s Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence
September 14, 2022

UC Merced has awarded its second cohort of Chancellor’s Fellowship for Inclusive Excellence to four incoming Ph.D. students from the schools of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts, Natural Sciences...