Fall 2017 Presidential Authority Awards

November 13, 2017

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved the following 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.

The foundation also approved supplemental funding for an ongoing project by Richard Frank and Thomas McGuire (Harvard University), and Henry Steadman and Lisa Callahan (Policy Research Associates) in the special initiative on the Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act.

RSF Journal Conferences

Andrew M. Penner (University of California, Irvine) and Kenneth A. Dodge (Duke University) will organize a conference for an upcoming RSF issue on using administrative data for social science and policymaking. Co-funded with the Gates Foundation.

Future of Work

Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Columbia University) will study of preferences for, and attitudes towards, new forms of labor organization. Co-funded with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Stephen A. Woodbury (Michigan State University), Marta Lachowska (W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research), and Alexandre Mas (Princeton University) will investigate the causes long-term earnings losses for displaced workers. Co-funded with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Marina M. Gorsuch (St. Catherine University) and Deborah Rho (University of St. Thomas) will examine the effects of the 2016 election on employment discrimination toward Muslim immigrants in Minnesota.

Non-Standard Employment

Richard B. Freeman (Harvard University) will conduct a study of OUR Walmart, a labor startup that connects online activity to offline labor outcomes. Co-funded with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Ryan M. Finnigan (University of California, Davis) will examine how nonstandard work hours and unstable schedules affect the wellbeing of workers and their families. Co-funded with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Daniel J. Galvin (Northwestern University) will study the changing nature of workers' rights in the U.S. over the last several decades. Co-funded with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Morris M. Kleiner (University of Minnesota) will examine how occupational licensing laws and scope of practice requirements affect individuals' access to work. Co-funded with the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Race, Ethnicity & Immigration

Vasiliki Fouka (Stanford University) will study the effects of the Great Migration on European immigrant assimilation in the early twentieth century.

Mona P. Lynch (University of California, Irvine) will examine how prosecutorial practices in federal criminal courts under Attorney General Jeff Sessions have affected racial inequality.

Douglas S. Massey (Princeton University) will conduct a comprehensive assessment of the current state and likely future status of Latinos in the U.S.

Social Inequality

Obie Clayton, Jr. (Clark Atlanta University) will organize a symposium on race relations and economic inequality on the 150th anniversary of the birth of W.E.B. Du Bois and the 50th anniversary of the death of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Amanda L. Freeman (University of Hartford) and Autumn R. Green (Endicott College) will investigate low-income parents' pursuit of higher education.

James P. Ziliak (University of Kentucky) and Robert A. Moffitt (Johns Hopkins University) will conduct an in-depth study of the effects of block grants on the social safety net.



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