The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved the following inaugural small grants for its special initiative on Computational Social Science (CSS). The CSS initiative supports innovative social science research that brings new data and methods to bear on questions of interest in its core programs in Behavioral Economics, Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. These small grants to doctoral students at the dissertation stage and recent Ph.D. recipients support innovative, high-quality research and encourage young investigators to enter this developing interdisciplinary field.
Erin Cikanek (University of Michigan) will map the emotional landscape of the news environment American citizens experience during political campaigns.
Emily Grubert (Georgia Institute of Technology) will undertake an exploratory CSS analysis of public comments on the Clean Power Plan (CPP), a measure proposed to reduce greenhouse gases.
Ari Ray (University of Zurich) and William Marble (Stanford University) will leverage quasi-experimental designs to test to what extent personal networks structure the political opportunity of individuals.
Morgan Williams, Jr. (New York University) will compare the post-release experiences of individuals leaving jails throughout New York State before and after the passage of various ban-the-box laws to explore their influence on recidivism and labor market outcomes.