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Research Centers

SSHA faculty lead a number of research centers at UC Merced. Learn more about SSHA Research Centers through the links below.


Center for the Humanities: The UC Merced Center for the Humanities fosters individual and collaborative research in the humanities and allied fields.

Director: Dr. Ignacio López-Calvo





Nicotine and Cannabis Policy Center (NCPC): The mission of the NCPC is to gather, understand and promote the thoughts and feelings of rural California residents on current tobacco and cannabis policy.

Director: Dr. Anna Song




UC Merced Community and Labor Center: The UC Merced Community and Labor Center conducts research and education on issues of community, labor and employment.

Executive Committee: Ana Padilla, Dr. Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes, Dr. Charlie Eaton, Dr. Colleen Naughton, Dr. Edward Flores, Dr. Paul Almeida, and Dr. Teamrat Ghezzehe


San Joaquin Valley Center for Community Air Assessment and Injustice Reduction (SJV CC-AIR)

Director: Dr. Asa Bradman


Center for Analytic Political Engagement (CAPE)

Director: Dr. Nathan Monroe