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March 18, 2021
So far in March, the United States has taken more than 3,500 unaccompanied minor migrants into custody. With an additional 10,000 expected by May, the Biden administration will find it challenging to uphold the president’s promise to implement a more “fair and humane...
March 11, 2021
Name: Erika Estrada Rodriguez Year: Third Year Major: Sociology Hometown: Panorama City What is a memorable project that you worked on during your time at UC Merced? During my time at UC Merced, I have been able to be part of the Undergraduate Research in the Humanities (UROC-H) program cohort of...
March 8, 2021
Black and Latinx students are entering college at a far higher rate than ever before, but higher education in America remains racially divided and unequal. And California may well stand at the epicenter of that transformation. A majority of racially marginalized students (especially those from...
March 8, 2021
Marjorie Zatz is a trained sociologist whose research focuses on race, gender, the law, and most recently on immigration policy and its effects on youth and families. Since the summer of 2020 Marjorie Zatz has served as interim Vice Chancellor of Research and Economic Development. Her previous work...
March 4, 2021
Sociology Professors Charlie Eaton and Camila Alvarez contributed to the launch of the new "Du Boisian Visualization Tool Kit" website with collaborators Frederick Wherry, Anthony Starks, and Jeff Himpele. The new site describes the project this way: The historian and sociologist...
February 26, 2021
Sociology graduate student Maria Escobar and Professor Tanya Golash-Boza recently published "Constructing Citizenship, “Legality,” and “Illegality” in Comparative Perspectives” in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia. Summary Citizenship rights are often unevenly...
February 24, 2021
Two faculty members and three graduate students who are working on food systems, food security and food sustainability research have received small grants through the UC Global Food Initiative (GFI) to bolster their projects. “COVID-19 has really dampened research, so we wanted to find ways to...
February 19, 2021
A new report from the UC Collaborative to Promote Immigrant and Student Equity (UC PromISE) that summarizes results of a study of children of immigrants attending the University of California indicates that immigration policies have a negative effect on the students. Sociology Professor...
February 10, 2021
Social justice movements and conspiracy theories have become a hallmark of our time, but how do we know which inflammatory statements are legally protected and which are not? Sociology Professor Nella Van Dyke sheds light on the legal and social ramifications of free speech in this Q&A. Van...

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