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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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Nationally Recognized Faculty
Our nationally recognized Sociology faculty have published numerous books and earned many awards.
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Professor Whitney Laster Pirtle during a class lecture
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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Movimientos sociales by Paul Almeida
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Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization
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Featured News

April 11, 2024
Blythe George, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Yurok Tribe Member, will discuss efforts to address the MMIP crisis through law enforcement, mental health support, and tribal governance.
March 19, 2024
Professor Polonijo's study in AIDS Care highlights the potential of virtual communities to bridge gaps in social support and combat social isolation among people aged 50+ who are living with HIV.
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February 27, 2024
A team of UC Merced researchers wants to tap into the power of W.E.B. Du Bois, embarking on a multi-institution project to free the pioneering sociologist and activist from the margins of textbooks...