UC Merced faculty and students were featured at the 113th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA) held in Philadelphia in mid-August. Associate Professor Laura Hamilton won the Pierre Bourdieu Sociology of Education Section book award for her book Parenting to a Degree: How Family Matters for College Women’s Success (University of Chicago Press). She is the only scholar to have received this honor twice (the first was for her book Paying for the Party, co-authored with Elizabeth A. Armstrong - Harvard University Press). A paper co-authored by Assistant Professor Whitney Pirtle won the Latina/o Sociology Section Distinguished Contribution to Research Article Award. The citation for the publication is: Patler, Caitlin and Whitney Laster Pirtle. 2018. From Undocumented to Lawfully Present: Do Changes to Legal Status Impact Psychological Wellbeing Among Latino Immigrant Young Adults?” Social Science & Medicine 199: 39-48.
Several UCM Sociology Graduate Students also attended the national conference. UCM graduate student Maria Duenas presented her paper titled "Three Discursive Mechanisms: Racial and Ethnic Socialization in Middle-Class Latina/o Families" in the Contemporary Latina/o Racialization session for the Section on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. She also served as Student Representative for the Latina/o Sociology and Race, Gender, and Class sections of the ASA. UCM Graduate Student Maria Mora presented a paper from her doctoral research "Local Battles for Immigrant Rights: Types of Threat and Sustained Mobilization" on a panel in the Collective Behavior and Social Movements (CBSM) section of the ASA. UCM undergrads were also present at the ASA with Harmeet Kalsi sharing a paper in the undergraduate honors program roundtables.