Announcing Mentors for the RSF-Gates Foundation 2023 Pipeline Grants Winners

May 11, 2023

The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of eighteen mentors who will advise the early career scholars whose projects were selected as part of the fourth annual Pipeline Grants Competition, funded in collaboration with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Throughout the academic year, mentors will help guide grantees’ research projects and offer career advice. Mentees will present and receive feedback on their research findings and network with peers and senior scholars, including mentors and advisory committee members, at an annual conference at the foundation’s offices in New York. The foundation will underwrite visits by mentees to their mentors’ institutions and arrange informal meetings for grantees and mentors at professional conferences such as ASA or APPAM.

Read about the recipients of this year’s Pipeline Grants.

The mentors’ faculty profiles are available below. 

Fenaba Addo (public policy), University of North Carolina, will mentor Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana (sociology), SUNY University at Albany, on her project, “Measuring Racialized Labor Markets.”

Kenneth Andrews (sociology), University of North Carolina, will mentor Tarun Banerjee (sociology), CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice, on his project, “Community Mobilization and Policy Implementation: The Civil Rights Movement and the War on Poverty, 1965-71.”

Lonnie Berger (social work), University of Wisconsin, will mentor Liwei Zhang (social work), Washington University, St. Louis, on her project, “The Effects of Eviction Moratoria and Renter-supportive Measures on the Prevention of Child Maltreatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Natural Experiment with Nationwide Data Linkages.”

Thomas Dee (education), Stanford University, will mentor Alberto Ortega (economics), Indiana University Bloomington, on his project, “Juvenile Detention Alternatives, Arrests, and Disciplinary Outcomes.”

Hilary Hoynes (economics), University of California, Berkeley, will mentor Emily Leslie (economics), Brigham Young University, and Brittany Street (economics), University of Missouri, on their project, “The Intersection of Housing and Criminal Activity.”

Amy Hsin (sociology), CUNY Queens College, will mentor Juan Pedroza (sociology), University of California, Santa Cruz, on his project, “Child Care in Mixed-Status Households.”

Vincent Hutchings (political science), University of Michigan, will mentor Christine Slaughter (political science), Boston University, on her project, “‘Abandoned by Everyone Else’: Intergenerational Poverty and Black Political Engagement.”

Phil Kasinitz (sociology), CUNY Graduate Center, will mentor Sean Drake (sociology), Syracuse University, on his project, “Out of Sight: An Ethnographic Study of Student Poverty and Homelessness in New York State.”

Michael Kraus (social psychology), Yale University, will mentor Jasmine Hill (sociology), University of California, Los Angeles, on her project, “The Power of Second Sight: Measuring the Impact of Political Education on Labor Inequality.”

Taeku Lee (political science), Harvard University, will mentor Erica Czaja (political science), University of Toledo, on her project, “Racial Reckoning Through Empathy? Mapping Emotions and Beliefs about Racial Inequality in the Aftermath of the Covid-19 Crisis and 2020 Protests.”

Mona Lynch (criminology), University of California, Irvine, will mentor Mary Ellen Stitt (sociology), SUNY University at Albany, and Gabriella Kirk (sociology), Syracuse University on their project, “'Alternatives' to Punishment and Social Inequality.”

Matt Notowidigdo (economics), University of Chicago, will mentor Rebecca Hsu (economics), Howard University, on her project, “Eviction Moratoria and Race Disparities of Eviction Filing Rates in the U.S.”

Adam Reich (sociology), Columbia University, will mentor Michael Gibson-Light (sociology), University of Denver, on his project, “Unionizing the Convicted Class on the Eve of Mass Incarceration: Uncovering the Historical Roots of Prison and Labor Inequalities.”

Stella Rouse (political science), Arizona State University, will mentor Rhoda Nafziger (education), McGill University, on her project, “Learning Activism: Young Black Activists’ Pathways from Street Protests to Grassroots and Sustained Organizing.”

Chris Uggen (sociology), University of Minnesota, will mentor Elias Nader (criminology), Kent State University on his project, “The Future of Work and Reentry for Emerging Adults.”

Robert Vargas (sociology), University of Chicago, will mentor Adam Pittman (sociology), Southern Connecticut State University, on his project with Cassi Meyerhoffer (sociology), Southern Connecticut State University, “Navigating Town-Gown Dynamics in New Haven, CT.”

Janelle Wong (political science), University of Maryland, will mentor Sharon Quinsaat (sociology), Grinnell College and Nico Ravanilla (political science), University of California San Diego, on their project, “Understanding the Formation of Conservative Attitudes and Beliefs Among Filipino Americans."

Deva Woodly (political science), The New School, will mentor Elizabeth Jordie Davies (political science), John Hopkins University, on her project, “Alienated Activism: Cycles of Black Contention and the Practice of Radical Politics.”


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