Students in the Department of Sociology Graduate Program have distinguished themselves through their scholarly publications.


Below is a representative sampling of books that students and alumni of the doctoral degree program have published since 2000, based on dissertation research they conducted at UC Davis.












Articles and Book Chapters

Below is a representative sampling of book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles by UC Davis sociology doctoral students and alumni.


  • Frost, D., LeBlanc, A. J., de Vries, B., Alston-Stepnitz, E., Stephenson, R., & Woodyatt, C. (2017). "Couple-Level Minority Stress: An Examination of Same-Sex Couples’ Unique Experiences." Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
  • de Vries, B., LeBlanc, A. J., Frost, D. M., Alston-Stepnitz, E., Stephenson, R., & Woodyatt, C. R. (2016). The relationship timeline: A method for the study of shared lived experiences in relational contexts. Advances in Life Course Research.
  • LeBlanc, A. J., Frost, D. M., Alston-Stepnitz, E., Bauermeister, J., Stephenson, R., Woodyatt, C. R., & de Vries, B. (2015). Similar Others in Same-Sex Couples’ Social Networks. Journal of Homosexuality, 1-12.
  • Baker, Zeke. “Climate State: Science-State Struggles and the Formation of Climate Science in the US from the 1930s to 1960s.” Social Studies of Science. August, 21, 2017, DOI: 10.1177/0306312717725205.
  • Baker, Zeke. Forthcoming. “Meteorological Frontiers: Climate Knowledge, the West, and Statecraft in the US, 1800-1850.” Social Science History.
  • Hart, Beth. "Hanging In, Stopping Out, Dropping Out: Community College Students in an Era of Precarity" journal Teachers College Record, forthcoming..
  • Kolber, J. 2017. “Having it both ways: White denial of racial salience while claiming oppression.” Sociology Compass 11(2):1–9.
  • Carter, Michael J. and Christopher Lawrence. “Theory Structure.” In The SAGE Encyclopedia of Theory, edited by J. Mattingly and J. G. Golson. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc., forthcoming.
  • Ryan, Krysti N. 2017. "Examining the Family Transition: How Parents of Gender-Diverse Youth Develop Trans-Affirming Attitudes." Pp 67-96 in Vol. 23, Gender, Sex, and Sexuality among Contemporary Youth: Generation Sex Sociological Studies of Children and Youth edited by P.N. Claster and B. Sampson, Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Limited


  • Zachary Psick, Jonathan Simon, Rebecca Brown, and Cyrus Ahalt. 2017. Older and incarceration: Policy implications of aging prison populations. International Journal of Prisoner Health, 13(1)
  • Kristin McCarty. “The Need for a Sociological Perspective On Polyamory”. In Ron Den Otter (Ed.), Beyond Same-Sex Marriage: Perspectives on Marital Possibilities. Lexington Books: 147-166.


  • Chaudhary, Ali. Racialized incorporation: The effects of race and generational-status on self-employment propensities and industry-sector prestige in the United States. International Migration Review, 49(2): 318–354.
  • Chaudhary, Ali. Islam and suicide bombings: religiosity, cultural clash and Muslim American attitudes towards politically motivated violence. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion.
  • Halpin, Brian. Subject to change without notice: Mock schedules and flexible employment in the United States. Social Problems, 62(3): 419–438.


  • Herda, Daniel. Too many immigrants?: Examining alternative forms of immigrant population innumeracy. Sociological Perspectives, 56(2): 213–240.
  • Lo, Ming-Cheng M, & Bahar, Roxana. Resisting the colonization of the lifeworld? Immigrant patients’ experiences with co-ethnic healthcare workers. Social Science Medicine.
  • Shu, Xiaoling, Zhu, Yifei, & Zhang, Zhanxin. Patriarchy, resources and specialization: Marital decision-making power in urban China. Journal of Family Issues.


  • Augusto, Sarah, & Setele, Julie. Militant privatization: The UC Davis pepper spray incident. In Anthony J. Nocella II and David Gabbard (Eds), Policing the campus: Academic repression, surveillance, and the occupy movement. Peter Lang Publishing.
  • Evans, Ethan J. Unequal access: Insurance coverage and immigrant generational status of diverse children. In Patricia Fernández-Kelly & Alejandro Portes (Eds.), Health Care and Immigration: Understanding the Connections. Routledge.
  • Felmlee, Diane, Sweet, Elizabeth, & Sinclair, H. Colleen. Gender rules: Same and cross-gender friendships norms. Sex Roles, 66: 518–529.
  • Haylett, Jennifer. One woman helping another: Egg donation as a case of relational work. Politics and Society, 40(2)
  • Kirkpatrick, L. Owen, & Gallagher, Casey. Low-income housing and the suburban geography of moral panic: The rise of the revanchist fringe? In Christopher Niedt (Ed.), Social justice and the suburbs: History, politics, and prospects. Philadelphia: Temple University Press.
  • Liévanos, Raoul S. Certainty, fairness, and balance: State resonance and environmental justice policy implementation. Sociological Forum, 27(2)
  • Okamoto, Dina, Herda, Daniel, & Hartzog, Cassie. Beyond good grades: Immigrant integration in U.S. schools through participation in extracurricular activities. Social Science Research, 42: 155–168.
  • Williams, Monica. Beyond the retributive public: Governance and public opinion on penal policy. Journal of Crime and Justice, 35(1): 93–113.


  • Bakker, Matt. Mexican migration, transnationalism, and the re-scaling of citizenship in North America. Ethnic and Racial Studies 34(1):1–19.
  • Dymsky, Gary, Mohnaty, Lisa, & Hernandez, Jesus. Racial inequality and market dynamics in the subprime/foreclosure crisis: Causes, consequences, and implications for gender inequality. Journal of Feminist Economics.
  • Felmlee, Diane, Hilton, Krysti, & Orzechowicz, David. Romantic attraction and stereotypes of gender and sexuality. In Michele Paludi (Ed.), The Psychology of Love. Praeger.
  • Hernandez, Jesus. Race, market constraints and the housing crisis: A problem of embeddedness. KALFOU: A Journal of Comparative and Relational Ethnic Studies.
  • Hernandez, Jesus. Redlining revisited: Mortgage patterns in Sacramento, California, 1930–2004. In Mauel Aalbers (Ed.), Subprime cities: The political economy of mortgage markets. Blackwell Studies in Urban and Social Change.
  • Kirkpatrick, L. Owen, & Gallagher, Casey. Low-income housing and the suburban geography of moral panic: The rise of the revanchist fringe. In C. Niedt (Ed.), Social justice and the suburbs: History, politics, and prospects. National Center for Suburban Studies. Hofstra University.
  • Kirkpatrick, L. Owen, & Smith, Michael Peter. The infrastructural limits to growth: Rethinking the urban growth machine in an age of fiscal uncertainty. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 35(3):477–503.
  • Liévanos, Raoul S., London, Jonathan, & Sze, Julie. Uneven transformations and environmental justice: Regulatory science, street science, and pesticide regulation in California. In Gwen Ottinger & Benjamin Cohen (Eds.) Technoscience, environmental justice, and the spaces between: transforming expert cultures through grassroots engagement. MIT Press.
  • Ovink, Sarah. This ain't my school! Criminality, control, and contradictions in institutional responses to truancy. Qualitative Sociology, 34: 79–99.
  • Ovink Sarah, & Veazey, Brian. More than "getting us through": A case study in cultural capital enrichment of underrepresented minority undergraduates. Research in Higher Education, 52(4): 370–394.
  • Vallas, Steve, Kleinman, Daniel, & Biscotti, Dina. Political structures and the making of U.S. Biotechnology. Fred Block and Matthew Keller (Eds.). In State of innovation: The US government's role in technology development (pp. 57–76). Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers.


  • Bakehorn, Jill. Women-made pornography. In Ronald Weitzer (Ed). Sex for sale: Prostitution, pornography and the sex industry, 2nd ed. New York: Routledge.
  • Bakker, Matt. From "the whole enchilada" to financialization: Shifting discourses of migration management in North America. In Martin Gieger & Antoine Pecoud (Eds.), The politics of migration management (pp. 271–294). MacMillan.
  • Biscotti, Dina, Glenna, Leland, Lacy, William, & Welsh, Rick. The "independent" investigator: How academic scientists construct their professional identity in university-industry agricultural biotechnology research collaborations. Economic Sociology of Work.
  • Felmlee, Diane, Orzechowicz, David, & Fortes, Carmen. Fairy tales: Attraction and stereotypes in same-gender relationships. Sex Roles, 68: 226–40.
  • Felts, Erika, & Grodsky, Eric. Academic achievement. In Deborah Carr, Robert Crosnoe, Mary Elizabeth Hughes & Amy Pienta (Ed.). Encyclopedia of the life course and human development.
  • Jones, Melanie T., Barlow, Amy E.L., & Villarejo, Merna. Importance of undergraduate research for minority persistence and achievement in biology. Journal of Higher Education, 81: 82–115.
  • Kirkpatrick, L. Owen. The local politics of embeddedness: Karl Polanyi and the community development movement. In J. Peter Rothe (Ed.), Problematizing the community development paradigm. New York, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Lacy, William, Glenna, Leland, Biscotti, Dina, & Welsh, Rick. Agricultural biotechnology, socioeconomic effects, and the fourth criterion. In A. Seidel (Ed.), Wiley encyclopedia of industrial biotechnology.
  • Liévanos, Raoul S., & London, Jonathan, & Sze, Julie. Uneven transformations and environmental justice: Regulatory science, street science, and pesticide regulation in California. In Gwen Ottinger & Benjamin Cohen (Eds.), Technoscience, environmental justice, and the spaces between: Transforming expert cultures through grassroots engagement. MIT Press.
  • Niyogi, Sanghamitra. Bengali-American fiction in immigrant identity work. Cultural Sociology.
  • Okamoto, Dina, & Ebert, Kimberly. Beyond the ballot box: Immigrant collective action in gateways and new destinations. Social Problems.
  • Okamoto, Dina, Ebert, Kimberly, & Violet Carla. ¿El campeón de los Hispanos? Comparing the coverage of Latino/a collective action in Spanish- and English-language newspapers. Latino Studies.
  • Orzechowicz, David. “Fierce bitches on tranny lane: Sexuality, culture, and the closet in theme park parades.” Research in the Sociology of Work, 20: 227–252.
  • Pleau, Robin. Gender differences in postretirement employment. Research on Aging 32(3): 267–303
  • Rude, Jesse, & Herda, Daniel. Best friends forever? Race and the stability of adolescent friendships. Social Forces.
  • Welsh, Rick, Glenna, Leland, Lacy, William, & Biscotti, Dina. Close enough but not too far: Assessing the effects of university-industry research relationships and the rise of academic capitalism. Research Policy.


  • Beamish, Thomas, & Luebbers, Amy. Alliance-building across social movements: Bridging difference in a peace and justice coalition. Social Problems, 56(4).
  • Block, Fred, & Keller, Matthew. Where do innovations come from? Changes in the U.S. economy, 1970–2006. Socio-Economic Review, 7(3): 459–483.
  • Hernandez, Jesus. Redlining revisited: Mortgage patterns in Sacramento, California, 1930–2004. Symposium on the Sociology and Geography of Mortgage Markets. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research 33(2): 291–313.
  • Keller, Matthew. Commissioning legitimacy: The global logics of national violence commissions in the 20th century. Politics & Society, 37(3): 352–396.
  • McCarthy, Bill, Williams, Monica, & Hagan John. Homeless youth and the transition to adulthood. In Andy Furlong (Ed.), Handbook of youth and young adulthood (pp. 232–239). London: Routledge,
  • Mermis-Cava, Jonathan. An anchor and a sail: Christian meditation as the mechanism for a pluralist religious society. Sociology of Religion, 70(4): 432–453.
  • Palmer, Don, Dick, Brian, & Freiburger, Nate. Rigor and relevance in organization studies. Journal of Management Inquiry 18(4): 265–272.
  • Shilling, Fraser, London, Jonathan, & Liévanos, Raoul S. Marginalization by collaboration: Environmental justice as a third party in and beyond CALFED. Environmental Science and Policy, 12(6): 694–709.
  • Shu, Xiaoling, & Zhu, Yifei. The quality of life in China. Social Indicators Research, 92: 191–225.


  • Alkon, Alison, & Traugot, Michael. Place matters, but how? Rural identity, environmental decision making, and the social construction of place. City and Community 7(2): 97–112.
  • Haynes, Bruce, & Hernandez, Jesus. Monopolistic group closure and the dark side of social capital. In Talia Blokland & Mike Savage (Eds.) Networked urbanism. Ashgate Press.
  • Kurlaender, Michal, & Felts, Erika. Bakke beyond college access: Investigating racial/ethnic differences in college completion. In P. Marin and C. Horn (Eds.), Realizing Bakke’s legacy (pp. 110–141). Sterling, VA: Stylus Publishing.
  • London, Jonathan, Sze, Julie, & Liévanos, Raoul S. Problems, Promise, progress, and perils: Critical reflections on environmental justice policy implementation in California. UCLA Journal of Environmental Law and Policy 26(2): 255–289.
  • McCarthy Bill, & Casey, Teresa. Love, sex and crime: Adolescent romantic relationships and offending. American Sociological Review, 73(6): 944–969.
  • Orzechowicz, David. Privileged emotion managers: The case of actors. Social Psychology Quarterly, 71: 143–56.
  • Palmer, Don, Biggart, Nicole, & Dick, Brian. Is the new institutionalism a theory? In Royston Greenwod, Christine Oliver, Kerstin Sahlin-Andersson, & Roy Suddaby (Eds.), Handbook of organizational institutionalism (pp. 739-768). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
  • Smith, Michael Peter, & Bakker, Matt. Citizenship across borders: The political transformation of el migrante. Ithaca: Cornell University Press.
  • Villarejo, M., Barlow, A., Kogen, D., Brian Veazey, and J. Sweeny. Encouraging minority undergraduates to choose science careers: Career paths survey results. CBE-Life Sciences Education 7(4), pp. 394–409
  • Warren, John Robert, Grodsky, Eric, & Felts, Erika. Social stratification and testing in American education. Annual Review of Sociology, 34: 385–404.


  • Glenna, Leland, Welsh, Rick, Lacy, William B., & Biscotti, Dina. Industry perceptions of university-industry relationships related to agricultural biotechnology research. Rural Sociology 72(4): 608–631.
  • Grodsky, Eric, & Jones, Melanie. Real and imagined barriers to college entry: Perceptions of cost. Social Science Research, 36: 745–766.
  • Kirkpatrick, L. Owen. The two "logics" of community development: Neighborhoods, markets, and community development corporations. Politics and Society 35(2): 329–359.
  • Moorehead, Robert. Ethnic boundary enforcers: Conceptualizing Japanese teachers’ treatment of migrant Latino parents. Shakai Fukushi Kenky_ (Social Welfare Studies), 9: 77–87.
  • Moorehead, Robert. Teaching and learning across an ethnic divide: Peruvian parents and a Japanese school. Imin Kenky_ (Immigration Studies), 3: 89–104.
  • Shu, Xiaoling, Zhu, Yifei, & Zhang Zhanxin. Global economy and gender inequalities: The case of the urban Chinese labor market. Social Science Quarterly 88(3): 1307–1332.
  • Silva, Eric. Public accounts: Defending contested practices. Symbolic Interaction 30(2): 245–265.