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Making connections
UCI research team receives National Science Foundation grant to study the value of social networks for retaining at-risk STEM students during COVID-19
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Intimate impact of immigration policy
New book by UCI Chicano/Latino studies assistant professor Laura Enriquez details how family life and romantic relationships are complicated and compromised by documentation status
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Communicating in a crisis
UCI sociology professor Carter Butts receives National Science Foundation grant to develop social media messaging guidance for agencies to warn, inform and engage the public during an emergency
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Bandelj elected as vice president of American Sociological Association
Service will put the sociologist in primary leadership role of nation's largest sociology member organization
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Building Sikh Studies at UCI
First holder of endowed chair aims to raise critical awareness of South Asian tradition's global history, culture, ethics and philosophies, and contributions
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Anteater Island
Anthropology professor Tom Boellstorff teaches class on digital cultures by creating his own virtual community - where COVID-19 isn't a threat
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Two UCI social scientists receive prestigious fellowships to further critical areas of education research
Laura Enriquez and Julia Lerch are two of only 30 scholars in the nation to receive 2020 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship
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UCI professor Hector Tobar named Radcliffe Fellow
Virtual fellowship for 2020-21 supports scholars, practitioners with exceptional promise
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Dynamic Anteaters
UCI honors two from social sciences with Dynamic Womxn of UCI awards
School of Social Sciences finds way to stay social with students
Amid pandemic, weekly student hangout transitions to Zoom, keeping Anteaters connected
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in the media
Social sciences faculty and graduate students are consistently sought by media for their expertise in areas ranging from digital play to gender pay. Check out some of our top hits, self-authored pieces, and on-air interviews below, or visit us online for the full run down.
davin phoenix

"Angry white agitators can be labeled good people, patriots and revolutionaries, while angry black agitators are labeled identity extremists, thugs and violent opportunists. In my research I refer to this racial contrast in how the public imagines expressions of political anger as the anger gap." Read more from Davin Phoenix, political science, in this piece he penned for The New York Times.
Amenta on a new New Deal during the pandemic
The Conversation
Meyer on protest movements and civility
Washington Post
Enriquez on fight for DACA
OC Register
Maurer on cash during COVID-19
CTV News
sabrina strings

"Today the idea that weight is the main problem dogging black women builds on these historically racist ideas and ignores how interrelated social factors impact black women's health. It also perpetuates a misinformed and damaging message about weight and health. Indeed, social determinants have been shown to be more consequential to health than BMI or health behaviors." Read more from UCI sociologist Sabrina Strings in this piece she wrote for Scientific American.
Tesler on public opinion, race & policing
Washington Post
Goodman on safe social distancing practices
New York Times
Turney on protecting prison inmates, staff in the pandemic
Cal Matters
Tobar reflects
on Los Angeles history in the making
Literary Hub
action plan
action plan to
address anti-Black racism
The School of Social Sciences is committing resources and funds at all levels - school, research, student support, curriculum and outreach - to create change. The following Action Plan was sent by social sciences dean Bill Maurer to the UCI social sciences community on June 10, 2020. Learn more.
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