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New RSF Journal Issue: Criminal Justice Contact and Inequality

Policymakers and the public are increasingly aware of the dire consequences of mass incarceration for millions of individuals and families. However, incarceration is only one component of the criminal justice system. Many more individuals have criminal justice contact through arrests, misdemeanor convictions, and the accumulation of fines and fees, without spending time behind bars. In Volume 5, Issue 1 of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, editors sociologist Kristin Turney (University of California, Irvine) and criminologist Sara Wakefield (Rutgers University) and a multi-disciplinary group of authors analyze the extent to which criminal justice contacts create, maintain, and exacerbate inequalities. Contributors show that the vast scope of the criminal justice system disproportionately affects low-income and minority populations, with serious consequences across the life course.

Several articles explore the ramifications of surveillance, such as intrusive police stops and child welfare investigations. Others explore the effects of monetary sanctions, commercial bail, and other forms of criminal justice contact on family life. By documenting that regimes of punishment and surveillance extend beyond prison, these articles advance our understanding of the extent to which social inequalities are generated by the criminal justice system.

Read the full open-access issue.


Research Grants Approved at March 2019 Trustee Meeting

Eleven research projects in the foundation’s programs on Behavioral Economics, the Future of Work, and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality, and special initiatives on the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act, Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge, and Non-Standard Employment were funded at the March 2019 meeting of the Board of Trustees.

View the full list of new grants.


Funding Opportunities in RSF Programs and Special Initiatives

RSF is accepting letters of inquiry until May 23, 2019, for these programs and special initiatives: Behavioral Economics; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality; the first round for Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; and the final round for the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act.

View all funding deadlines and application guidelines.

RSF is also accepting applications to the 2019 Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists until April 1, 2019, and applications for visiting journalists in residence at the Foundation until May 1, 2019.

Read more about opportunities for journalists at RSF.


RSF Accepting Visiting Scholar Applications for 2020-2021 Academic Year

The visiting scholar program, established over thirty years ago, is a unique opportunity for social scientists to pursue research projects that investigate essential questions on social, economic, and political life in the U.S. while in residence at RSF. The program fosters the exchange of ideas in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment and promotes collaborations between researchers. Applications are reviewed by outside experts; final selections are made by RSF trustees. Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year will be accepted until June 27, 2018.

View further information on the program, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.


A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty

The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) has released “A Roadmap to Reducing Child Poverty,” a new report supported in part by the Russell Sage Foundation that provides a comprehensive analysis of child poverty in the U.S. today. The report analyzes a series of policy options for reducing the child poverty rate by half over the span of ten years. The report, commissioned by Congress in December 2015, is authored by a committee of leading poverty experts and chaired by RSF author (Whither Opportunity?) and former visiting scholar Greg Duncan (University of California, Irvine). Among the committee members are many RSF authors and grantees, including J. Lawrence Aber (New York University), Dolores Acevedo-Garcia (Brandeis University), Janet Currie (Princeton University), Irwin Garfinkel (Columbia University), Hilary Hoynes (University of California, Berkeley), Robert Moffitt (Johns Hopkins University), Eldar Shafir (Princeton University), and Timothy Smeeding (University of Wisconsin-Madison).

Read more about the report.


Former RSF President Eric Wanner Wins ASA Distinguished Career Award

Former RSF president Eric Wanner has won the 2019 Distinguished Career Award for the Practice of Sociology from the American Sociological Association (ASA). Wanner served as president of RSF from 1986–2013. Under his leadership, the foundation launched new research initiatives, redesigned the visiting scholars program and the publications program and enhanced RSF’s reputation among academics, policymakers and the public.

Read more about the ASA award.


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