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Graduate Alumni

Sociology female grad student

Yajaira Ceciliano-Navarro (Ph.D. 2021)

Yajaira Ceciliano-Navarro is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Houston-Downtown. She earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California, Merced. Yajaira also has a major in Psychology and a Master's degree in Labor Psychology from the University of Costa Rica (UCR). She worked at Academic Latin American Faculty (FLACSO) in Costa Rica, where she was a researcher and coordinator of projects on immigration, education, youth, and gender. Her current research focuses on comparing the impacts of incarcerations and deportations on nuclear and extended families.

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Sociology female grad student

Katie Daniels (Ph.D. 2020)

Faculty member in the Sociology Department, California Polytechnic State University, Pomona

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Amy Moffat (Ph.D.)

Director of Assessment, Humboldt State University


 Maria Mora (Ph.D. 2020)


Faculty member in the Sociology Department, California State University, Stanislaus.  

Dr. Maria Mora is an Assistant Professor in the Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender Studies department at California State University, Stanislaus. Her research centers on race, immigration, and social movements. She studies how racialized and immigrant groups mobilize against threats and the long-term organizing outcomes for immigrant rights social movements.

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Sociology male graduate alumnus

Marcus Shaw (Ph.D. 2017)

Faculty member in Criminology Department, Fresno State University

Dr. Marcus Shaw is an Assistant Professor in the Criminology Department at Fresno State. He joined the department in 2017. Dr. Shaw was the first doctoral graduate in Sociology from UC Merced. He earned a Masters in Social Sciences from the University of California, Merced, and a bachelor's degree from California State University, Stanislaus. 

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Sociology female graduate alumna

Chia Xiong (Ph.D. 2019)