Paul Carroll is a PhD candidate in Health Psychology at the University of California, Merced. His research projects include work on Positive Discipline parenting programs, adverse childhood experiences, and whole-school restorative justice initiatives in alternative education, the last of which is the subject of his dissertation. Paul has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships at UC Merced, and has been the principal investigator on both academic focused and community based participatory research projects, as well as the lead instructor of a course in research methods. When not busy with academic work he enjoys the being outside, climbing, and traveling. Paul has served the UC community through membership on committees such as the Vice Chancellors Advisory Committee, the Capital and Physical Planning Committee, and the Graduate Student Association as the Public Relations and Community Outreach Officer. He has served the larger community through positions such as volunteer instructor with the Prison Education Project, volunteer leadership trainer for the STRIVE Youth Ambassador Program, and member of the Resource Center for Community Engaged Scholarship Advisory Board. He hopes to continue his research, teaching, and community justice service, with an emphasis on creating sustainable social change, at the institutional and ecological level.
Tanya Golash-Boza is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She is the author of five books, the latest of which is Deported: Immigrant Policing, Disposable Labor and Global Capitalism (New York University Press 2015). In addition, she has published over a dozen articles in peer-reviewed journals on deportations, racial identity, critical race theory, and human rights, and has written on contemporary issues for Al Jazeera, The Boston Review, The Nation, Counterpunch, The Houston Chronicle, Racialicious, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Dissident Voice. Her innovative scholarship was awarded the Distinguished Early Career Award from the Racial and Ethnic Minorities Studies Section of the American Sociological Association in 2010. In 2013, she was awarded the UC Merced Senate Faculty Award for Distinguished Scholarly Public Service. Tanya Golash-Boza earned her B.A. in Philosophy from the University of Maryland, College Park, a Certificate of Anthropology from L’Ecole d’Anthropologie in Paris in 1996, and her Ph.D in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. She speaks fluent French, Spanish, and Portuguese.
Zulema Valdez is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She is the author of two books on entrepreneurship, The New Entrepreneurs: How Race, Class and Gender Shape American Enterprise (Stanford 2011) and Entrepreneurs and the Search for the American Dream (Routledge 2016). She has published several journal articles focusing on American race relations, social and economic inequality, and group disparities in health and wellness. She has been awarded grants and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, and the Social Science Research Council. Zulema Valdez earned her PhD in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Marjorie S. Zatz is Vice Provost and Graduate Dean and Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced. She came to UC Merced in 2014 after 32 years at Arizona State University, where she was Professor of Justice and Social Inquiry in ASU’s School of Social Transformation and held a number of administrative appointments. From 2012-2014, Zatz served as Director of the Law and Social Sciences Program at the National Science Foundation. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology with a minor in Latin American Studies from Indiana University in 1982.
Zatz has published numerous books, articles, and book chapters on immigration policy; race, gender and juvenile and criminal court processing; Chicano gangs; and the Cuban and Nicaraguan legal systems. Her books include Dreams and Nightmares: Immigration Policy, Youth and Families (with Nancy Rodriguez, University of California Press, 2015) Law and the Quest for Justice (with Doris Marie Provine and James P. Walsh, Quid Pro Books, 2013), Punishing Immigrants: Policy, Politics and Injustice (with Charis Kubrin and Ramiro Martínez, New York University Press, 2012), Images of Color, Images of Crime (third edition with Coramae Richey Mann and Nancy Rodriguez, Oxford University Press, 2006; first and second editions with Coramae Richey Mann, Roxbury, 1998 and 2002), Producing Legality: Law and Socialism in Cuba (Routledge, 1994) and Making Law: The State, the Law, and Structural Contradictions (with William Chambliss, Indiana University Press, 1993).
Zatz is the recipient of numerous awards including the American Society of Criminology’s Herbert Block Award, the American Society of Criminology Division on Women and Crime’s Senior Scholar Award, the American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime’s Lifetime Achievement Award and its Coramae Richey Mann Award for Outstanding Scholarship, and the Western Society of Criminology’s W.E. B. DuBois Award for Research on Race and the Administration of the Administration and its Paul Tappan Award for Outstanding Contributions to Criminology. She has served on the Executive Board of the American Society of Criminology (1994-97) and the Board of Trustees and Executive Council of the Law and Society Association (1996-99).