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Anthro undergrad Sarah Mahoney is proof that the Anteater spirit can conquer just about anything

"The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry."

This (paraphrased) line from Robert Burns' 1785 work "The Mouse" is already familiar to many thanks to John Steinbeck's famous novel. But its sentiment hits particularly close to home for anthropology's Sarah Mahoney.

Prior to her UCI career, Mahoney was an especially active Orange County community college student. She surfed and hiked, she played several instruments including the guitar and violin, and she had been accepted to a prestigious university where she intended to major in music. She had it all planned out. But a couple months before she was set to transfer to her new school, she woke up to a different world.

"I tried to get out of bed one morning and I could barely move," she says. "I tried to stand up and kept falling over. It was like my muscles were jelly."

An unknown neuromuscular illness appeared - seemingly overnight - and left her unable to move. In just a matter of hours, her whole life changed.

Read on...

summer reads

UCI Soc Sci 2017 Magazine:

An NBA coach. A homeless, single mom-turned
COO of one of the fastest growing rideshare companies
in Southern California. Dalai Lama, Truman and Fulbright scholars. More first gen grads than ever before. When your alumni include such outstanding Anteaters, you can’t help but be excited to be a part of the UCI School of Social Sciences network. Read on...

UCI Soc Sci Summer Spotlight featuring:
Sixty years in the making

How photos snapped by a young Fulbright scholar got new life six decades later, thanks to a snowstorm in Italy... Part 1. The year was 1957. A recent Wesleyan graduate had earned a coveted Fulbright scholarship to study in Italy. Read on...


The top 10 U.S. colleges for sociology majors

UCI Department of Sociology ranks #8 in College Factual's top 10 schools for sociology

Hellman Fellow

Assistant professor of sociology Sabrina Strings wins competitive fellowship to complete book

Barkowski awarded Georgescu-Rogen Prize

Econ alumnus awarded for research paper written during his grad years at UCI

Undergrad thesis award winner named

Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis award granted to business economics student

Sociology's Kizer awarded Lave Paper Prize

Grad student honored for paper on the affect that skin color has on one's likelihood of being arrested

In memoriam: William George Demopoulos

Professor, University of Western Ontario (1974-2012), Professor, UC Irvine (2004-06)

up-coming events

Getting Answers
How Government Policies and Regulations Impact You

August 18 | Social & Behavioral Sciences Gateway, Room 1321
8:00 a.m. Breakfast, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Program

Does the election of a president who is expected to less strictly enforce requirements on paying women the same wages as men affect the profits of different firms? Do government regulations on the financial system distort financier’s incentives, encouraging them to take excessive risks for which tax payers pay the price? Does a new federal regulation requiring more flight hour experience of pilots who fly commercially disproportionately hurt small regional carriers? And does corruption on projects financed by government cause spending to increase?

For the past few weeks, UCI scholars have been examining these provocative research questions through funding from the Program on Corporate Welfare’s Summer Institute. The program, established in spring 2017, is housed in the School of Social Sciences and led by Amihai Glazer, a political economist who studies the behavior of voters, special interest groups, and governmental officials.

The summer symposium offers an opportunity for community members, faculty, staff and students to hear findings on these corporate welfare studies. Join us for breakfast and poster presentations on this engaging research by the students involved. More...

in the media

UCI ranked 7th-best college for your money

Money magazine 2017-18 rankings

10 resume mistakes that make you look old

Neumark, U.S. News & World Report

Stories may have political impact less by persuading than by reminding people which side they are on

Polletta, via NiemanLab

Research and Commentary: Study of Seattle minimum-wage hikes find negative effect on total payroll
Neumark, The Heartland Institute

Airfares fall again, but some suggest increases may lie ahead
Brueckner, Los Angeles Times

The minimum wage debate continues (Commentary)
Neumark, Economics21

A wealth of obstacles on Issa's road to 2018
Boushey, The Sacramento Bee

The top 10 U.S. colleges for sociology majors
Department of Sociology, USA Today College

How race and status anxiety affect the Trump vote
Tesler, The Economist

Looking for evidence of rigged elections? Here's how "El Patrón" used Mexicans to win in Texas for decades
DeSipio, Univision

Tempered optimism over a new 'Dream Act' in the Trump era (Audio)
DeSipio, KPCC

Stories may have political impact less by persuading than by reminding people which side they are on
Polletta, NiemanLab

The pattern used by Mexicans to manipulate elections in Texas
DeSipio, Univision

The Supreme Court takes on gerrymandering: 6 essential reads
Grofman, The Conversation, SF Gate and Salon

Darrell Issa was Obama's toughest critic. Here's why he's suddenly sounding like a moderate
Boushey, Los Angeles Times

10 resume mistakes that make you look old
Neumark, U.S. News & World Report

Donald Hoffman: What is reality? (Video)
Hoffman, Dutch Public Television

Sabrina Strings wins a Hellman Fellowship to complete a book on fat stigma
Strings, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education

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