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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 11 faculty members, sociology registers some of the highest course enrollments on campus.

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Featured Books

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Authors: Zulema Valdez
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Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Laura Hamilton
Authors: Paul Almeida
Social Movements: The Structure of Collective Mobilization
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Marjorie S. Zatz
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Edward Flores
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Zulema Valdez
Authors: Tanya Golash-Boza
Authors: Irenee Beattie
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Authors: Nella Van Dyke
Authors: Paul Almeida
Authors: Edward Flores
Authors: Laura Hamilton
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Featured News

This fall, Katie Daniels will start a faculty position in the sociology department at California Polytechnic State University, Pomona.
April 27, 2020

Kathryn “Katie” Daniels was a teen when she attended the celebration of the opening of UC Merced. As a child growing up in Merced, Daniels had heard her parents stress the importance of education. “...

April 17, 2020

Dania Matos has been at UC Merced for less than a year but is making a big impact as the university’s first chief diversity officer. Now two graduate students with small-town roots are helping Matos...

March 30, 2020

The UC Merced Sociology Department was well represented at the 2020 Sociology of Education Association Conference held in Pacific Grove, CA February 21st through February 23rd. This year’s...