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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

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

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Featured News

Farmworkers receive facial coverings amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
May 6, 2021

California is getting a closer look at exactly how workers in high-risk industries across the state have borne the brunt of the coronavirus pandemic. For the first time, UC Merced's Community and...

Alicia Garza speaks during a virtual event to honor her with the Spendlove Prize.
April 27, 2021

While this year's ceremony looked quite different from years past due to the coronavirus pandemic, the presentation of the Alice and Clifford Spendlove Prize in Social Justice, Diplomacy and...

April 27, 2021

Name: Keanu Velasquez Major: Sociology Major and Psychology Minor Year: Graduating May 2021, School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts Commencement Student Speaker Hometown: San Francisco What...