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New RSF Issue: The Underground Gun Market: Implications for Regulation and Enforcement

Each year, gun homicides kill over ten thousand people in the United States. Most of these deaths are not the result of mass shootings, but rather, of attacks such as armed robberies and assaults. Volume 3, Issue 5 of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences, edited by public policy scholars Philip J. Cook (Duke University) and Harold A. Pollack (University of Chicago), presents new empirical research on the underground gun market that supplies firearms to criminals.

While most guns are initially purchased legally, many enter the underground market and end up in the hands of dangerous offenders, such as gang members and convicted felons. In this issue, leading researchers draw from new datasets and interviews with inmates to reveal how offenders obtain their guns. They also explore trends in gun ownership across the nation and evaluate the effects of gun regulations and legislation on illegal supply chains. Together, these studies help us better understand how the underground market operates and provide a foundation for more effective policies to curb gun violence.

View the open-access issue.


Mario Luis Small Joins RSF Board of Trustees

The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of sociologist Mario Luis Small (Harvard University) to its board of trustees. Small is currently Grafstein Family Professor at Harvard University and was former Dean of the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He is a contributor to the RSF volume The Colors of Poverty (2008). He is also the author of Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio (2004) and Unanticipated Gains: Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life (2009), both of which received the C. Wright Mills Award for Best Book, among other honors. His latest book is Someone to Talk To (2017), a study of how people decide whom to approach when seeking support.

Read the full announcement.

See the list of all RSF trustees.


Fall 2017 Presidential Authority Awards

RSF has approved 14 Presidential Authority awards in the Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, and Social Inequality programs, as well as new awards in the special initiative on Non-Standard Work, and one conference for an upcoming issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

View the full list of new projects.


Funding Opportunities: Letters of Inquiry Due November 30

RSF is accepting letters of inquiry until November 30, 2017 at 2pm ET/11am PT in the following program areas: Future of Work, Social Inequality, Behavioral Economics, as well as for the special initiatives on Non-Standard Employment and The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act.

View all funding opportunities and application guidelines.


Work in Progress: Dina Okamoto

During her time in residence at RSF, visiting scholar Dina Okamoto (Indiana University), also the author of the RSF book Redefining Race, is studying how new immigrants from Latin America and Asia navigate their contact with native-born groups and negotiate their identities within the context of the US racial hierarchy. In a new interview with RSF, she discussed her ongoing research (with Cristina Mora) on how panethnic identities are formed, focusing specifically on how Asian American and Hispanic media from the 1970s and 80s influenced conceptions of panethnicity for these groups.

Read the Q&A on the RSF blog.


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