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New Issue of RSF: Biosocial Pathways of Well-Being Across the Life Course

Poverty, discrimination, and other social and economic inequalities have serious consequences for individuals’ physical and mental well-being. Recently, social scientists have collaborated with biological scientists to better understand the mechanisms that reproduce social stratification within and across generations. In Volume 4, Issue 4 of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, co-published with the Ford Foundation and edited by sociologist Kathleen Mullan Harris (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) and anthropologist Thomas McDade (Northwestern University), a multi-disciplinary group of scholars integrate theory, data, and methods from the social and biological sciences to advance our understanding of how social and biological processes interact to shape individuals’ health outcomes and life chances.

The authors, representing multiple disciplines—including public health, psychology, sociology, anthropology, epidemiology, and genomics, investigate the harmful consequences of persistent social inequality on a range of outcomes. Several articles explore the effects of disadvantage and discrimination on individuals’ health; others evaluate the extent to which social and family environments influence biological processes. Together, they demonstrate the extent to which biological mechanisms influence, and are influenced by, socioeconomic conditions.

View the open-access issue.


Funding Opportunities: Behavioral Economics; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Special Initiatives

RSF is accepting letters of inquiry until May 24, 2018 at 2pm ET/11am PT in the Behavioral Economics and Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration programs, as well as the special initiatives on Immigration and Immigrant Integration, Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge, and Computational Social Science.

View all funding deadlines and application guidelines.


Visiting Scholar Applications for the 2019–2020 Academic Year

The foundation invites visiting scholar applications for the 2019-2020 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 2019-2020 academic year will be accepted until June 28, 2018.

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


Visiting Researcher and Visiting Journalist Applications for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

RSF is accepting applications for visiting journalists and visiting researchers for the period from September 1, 2018–June 30, 2019. Visiting journalists and visiting researchers work in residence at the foundation, typically for periods of 2-3 months. The application deadline for both is May 1, 2018.


Request for RSF Journal Articles: The Criminal Justice System as a Labor Market Institution

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is accepting abstracts for papers for an upcoming issue on the criminal justice system as a labor market institution, edited by Sandra Susan Smith and Jonathan Simon (University of California, Berkeley). RSF invites proposals that advance new and innovative research on the relationship between criminal justice contact and inequalities in labor market experiences and outcomes. The deadline for submissions is May 22, 2018.

View the request for articles.


Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists

The deadline for applications for the Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists is this Friday, April 20, 2018 at 2pm ET/11am PT. This three-day workshop, organized by Nicholas Lemann and Tali Woodward (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism), aims to inform journalists about how to locate the best available social science research on their topics, how to identify and interact fruitfully with leading experts, and how to read academic publications for their journalistic relevance.

Read more and apply.


Work in Progress: Jana Morgan

Visiting scholar Jana Morgan (University of Tennessee) is studying how economic inequality has shaped the priorities of policymakers, focusing on the influence of wealthy voters on the congressional agenda. In an interview with the foundation, she discussed her project, including how examining the legislative process—rather than just legislative outcomes—can help us better understand the extent to which money shapes politics.

Read the interview.


Video: The Racial and Economic Context of Trump Support

A new study by RSF visiting scholar Linda Tropp (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) and Eric Knowles (New York University) investigates the extent to which racial threat and interracial contact contributed to whites’ support for Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election. They find that increased diversity was more strongly linked to whites’ feelings of racial threat in areas where there were higher rates of white unemployment, suggesting that economic conditions play an important role in determining the extent to which whites perceive racial threat.

Read about the study and watch the video presentation.


Job Opportunity at RSF: Chief Financial Officer

The Russell Sage Foundation seeks an energetic, creative, detail- and results-oriented Chief Financial Officer to take an important leadership role as a financial steward for the foundation. With investment, accounting, tax, and technology expertise, the CFO will work with a high-performing team and collaborate effectively across the organization. As part of a vibrant intellectual community, he/she will be a collegial professional and possess an appreciation for the foundation’s important mission.

Read more about the qualifications for this position and how to apply.


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