Recent News.


UCR has received a grant of $16 million from the National Institutes of Health to focus on and help reduce health disparities in inland Southern California, particularly among Latino communities. Bruce Link, Distinguished Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, is a Co-PI of the Center grant and directs the Investigator Development Core with Monica Carso, Professor of Biomedical Sciences.

Tanya Nieri, Associate Professor of Sociology, and Ann Cheney, Assistant Professor of Social Medicine, Population, and Public Health received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Healthy Disparities to study early childhood obesity. Using a community-based participatory approach, the research aims to conduct a longitudinal study to characterize the caregiver context of infant feeding in low-income families and develop and pilot test an enhanced intervention compared to Early Head Start’s existing nutrition education program.

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  • Steven Brint received a Pierre Bourdieu Book Award (honorable mention) at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association in August.
  • Steven Brint was named CHASS Distinguished Lecturer for 2018-19.  This is the highest award given by the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences.
  • Victoria Reyes, Assistant Professor of Sociology, received a Distinguished Article Award from ASA Political Economy of the World-System section for “Port of Call: How Ships Shape Foreign-Local Encounters,” which was published in 2018 in Social Forces.
  • Lucie Kalousova, Assistant Professor of Sociology, received a Postdoctoral Award from the Interdisciplinary Association of Population Health Science (IAPHS). This award is given to a trainee in population health sciences whose work show notable quality and potential impacts on the field.


  • Ian Breckenridge-Jackson, UCR Sociology PhD alumnus, accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Sociology at Los Angeles Valley College.
  • Alessandro Morosin, who completed his PhD in Sociology at UCR in June 2019, just accepted a position as a 1-year Visiting Assistant Professor for the Department of Sociology at the University of San Diego, a private liberal arts college.
  • Edwin Elias, UCR Sociology PhD alumnus, just accepted a tenure-track position in the Chicanx/Latinx Studies Department at Eastern Washington University. He will also continue his posdoctoral researcher position at the Global Sports Institute at Arizona State University.


  • Steven Brint, Distinguished Professor of Sociology & Public Policy, is a member of a research team whose paper, “Co-Curricular Learning and the Physical Campus,” was accepted at the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice.
  • Zeinab Shuker (Graduate Student of Sociology)’s paper “Oil, Polity, and Civil Society: The Construction of a Hegemonic System in Iraq (1945-2958) was accepted for publication in the Journal of Historical Sociology.
  • Steven Brint and Zeinab Shuker are members of a research team whose paper, “Where Ivy Matters: The Educational Backgrounds of U.S. Cultural Elites,” was accepted at Sociology of Education.
  • Megan Webb (Graduate Student of Sociology)’s co-authored paper, “Accounting for Microdosing Classic Psychedelics,” was published in the Journal of Drug Issues.


  • Steven Brint has been invited to lecture on his recently-published book, Two Cheers for Higher Education, at American University, Harvard University, and Stanford University during winter term.