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graduate students
UCI graduate programs in economics, political science and sociology make big leaps in latest U.S. News & World Report rankings
All UCI social sciences graduate programs rank in top 25 of their respective fields among public U.S. universities
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Celebrate UCI
April offers a number of opportunities for our bold, wave-making Anteaters - current and aspiring - to learn about and engage with social sciences
Emily Yared Ramon
Stepping into her power
First-generation sociology student Emily Yared Ramon found a sense of belonging at UCI and she’s sharing it with others
Prison Pandemic
The pandemic in prison
New site shares personal stories of COVID conditions inside California's state prisons in effort to raise awareness, action
international women's day
Female leadership in times of crisis
Global, multi-city conversation marking International Women's Day highlights expertise of female leaders across industries, continents
Bocar Ba
Police accountability
UCI economist Bocar Ba dives into years of data to find that diversity in law enforcement reduces use of force
boarded up shops
Early analysis of Opportunity Zone program finds little to no support for residential employment, earnings increases
Study by UCI economists is published online at the National Bureau of Economic Research
Laura Enriquez
Enriquez receives Russell Sage Foundation grant to study experiences of California's undocumented college students
Funding will further her 18-campus UC, Cal State collaborative UC PromISE study
barbara sarnecka
Sarnecka recognized for book on academic writing tools, tips and tricks
Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science commendation highlights cognitive scientist's work for progressing disciplinary methods, practices
Chavez, Tobar, Banuelos
Outstanding LEADers
Three from social sciences - Chavez, Tobar and Bañuelos - to be honored at fourth annual LEAD award ceremony
Enriquez, Lockwood
Social sciences recognizes outstanding faculty researchers
Awards carry $5,000 prize to support expanded research for Laura Enriquez and Erin Lockwood
Kevin Madsen
No excuses, no regrets
UCI alumnus Kevin Madsen '05 pushes the boundaries as a professional race car driver, coach and mentor
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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.
Claire Jean Kim

Claire Jean Kim, UCI professor of political science and Asian American studies, gives historical context for Bay Area anti-Asian attacks and critiques how the media has been doing in covering the racial dimensions of these crimes, via Slate.
David Neumark
Neumark on the minimum wage
Wall Street Journal
Erin Lockwood
Lockwood on financial regulation
SoCal Record
Don Hoffman
Hoffman on
Long T. Bui
Bui on OC
OC Register
The Political Economy of Climate Change in Developing Countries
5:00-6:20 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Meera Mahadevan, Ph.D., Department of Economics, University of California, Irvine
Action After Atlanta: Organizing Against Anti-AAPI Hate
3:00-4:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Judy Wu, Professor, Asian American Studies, and Faculty Director, Humanities Center, UCI | Bill Maurer, Dean, School of Social Sciences, and Professor, Anthropology and Law, UCI | Benny Luo, '10 Psychology, UCI, and Founder and CEO, NextShark Media | Calista Wu, General Counsel, | Allison Lim, '15 Political Science and Sociology, UCI, and Chief of Staff, California State Assembly
Making Ethnic Choices: California's Punjabi Mexican Americans
3:00-4:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Karen Isaksen Leonard, Professor Emeritus, Department of Anthropology, UC Irvine | Linda Sanchez, Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, UC Irvine | Amrit Deol, Ph.D. Candidate, Interdisciplinary Humanities Program, UC Merced | Anneeth Kaur Hundle, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine | Justin Richland, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine | Sal Zárate, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, UC Irvine
"Duck tape your underpants:" Reflections on the Covid Pandemic after Sixteen Months
12:30-1:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Andrew Noymer, Associate Professor, Program in Public Health, University of California, Irvine
12:00-1:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Rihan Yeh, Associate Professor of Anthropology, UC San Diego
Maximizing Your Presence on Zoom: Methods from the Acting Profession
12:00-1:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Eli Simon, Professor of Drama, Claire Trevor School of the Arts, UCI
The Enduring Dangers of Essentializing Labor and Laborers
9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

full day conference
Confronting Anti-AAPI Hate in the Pre- and Post-Covid Era
3:00-4:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Kevin Nadal, Activist and Professor, Psychology, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate Center, City University of New York | Bill Maurer, Dean, School of Social Sciences, and Professor, Anthropology and Law, UCI | Jeanett Castellanos, Associate Dean, Undergraduate Studies, and Professor, School of Social Sciences, UCI | Long Bui, Associate Professor, Global and International Studies, UCI | Elizabeth Rubio, Doctoral Candidate, Anthropology, UCI
Challenging Trump's WeChat Ban
12:00-1:15 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

a conversation with the WeChat Users Alliance (USWUA), featuring Ying Cao, Angus Ni, John Wu, Gang Yuan, and Clay Zhu
How to Balance Graduate School and Life
12:00-2:00 p.m. | Zoom (pre-registration required)

featuring Phong Luong, Graduate Division, UCI | Alysha Kassam, Logic & Philosophy of Science, UCI
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