Faculty and Research

The year 2014 was a busy one for UC Merced sociologists filled with publications, books, research awards and honors. Professor Paul Almeida is no exception. Almeida published his book “Mobilizing Democracy: Globalization and Citizen Protest” with Johns Hopkins University Press. The...
Most archaeologists have to dig deep in the field, but Professor Holley Moyes digs deeper than most. Her research takes her some 400 feet into the Belize underground, where ancient Maya caves hold evidence of rituals to appease gods of fertility and rain. That research is the cover story in...
Nation-states, as we know them, have been built and rebuilt since the 18th century. Professor Robin DeLugan is an expert in nation-building and recently published a case study examining how the process has changed in the 21st century. Using post-civil war El Salvador as the example, “...
Deception. Often used as fodder for spy novels and whodunits, it is more than just a dramatic device in fictional tales. At UC Merced, it’s serious science. Just ask Nick Duran, a post-doctoral researcher in the Cognitive and Information Sciences program. Duran is at UC Merced, thanks to a...
UC Merced’s graduate emphasis in Social Sciences offers students the opportunity to build unique interdisciplinary research careers based in economics, political science, public health and sociology. By offering students the opportunity to collaborate with researchers in other disciplines,...
Psychological Sciences is a doctoral program that offers graduate training in three specialized areas: developmental psychology, health psychology and quantitative psychology. Our faculty are conducting research with an eye for solving real-world problems today. Developmental psychologists explore...
The field of cognitive science is just as complex as the human mind, which makes sense considering that cognitive science is most succinctly defined as the study of human thought and behavior. At UC Merced, some of the brightest minds in the field converge to offer an interdisciplinary course of...