Inaugural Dissertation Research Grants Awarded

June 20, 2022

The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce thirty awards made in its new Dissertation Research Grants program. This initiative supports innovative and high-quality dissertation research projects that address questions relevant to RSF’s priority areas. Applicants can request up to $10,000 in funding. Following is the list of grant recipients.

Victoria Asbury-Kimmel (Harvard University) will examine how discussions on immigration impacts judgments about American identity.
Rishi Awatramani (Johns Hopkins University) will examine the links between race and class politics in a majority Latino, former steel-producing neighborhood in Chicago.
Nicholas Bednar (Vanderbilt University) will examine the causes and consequences of the underfunding of the U.S. immigration courts.
Cyril Bennouna (Brown University) will examine how social policies regarding immigrant access to public services impact the money immigrants send to their home countries.
Hyun Su Cho (University of Maryland, Baltimore County) will examine how Asian Americans’ understandings of race/ethnicity and U.S. politics impact their civic engagement.
Claire Daviss (Stanford University) will examine how organizational hiring processes influence employers’ gender, race, and class biases in hiring decisions.
Faith Deckard (University of Texas at Austin) will examine how commercial bail bond agreements impact defendants’ relationships with their bond cosigners.
Tarikua Erda (Columbia University) will examine how employers’ preference for extracurricular activities that resonate with White, upper middle-class culture when hiring junior professionals may exacerbate inequity.
Ilana Friedman (University of Texas at Austin) will examine how prosecutors understand their role in police misconduct investigations and how they prosecute such cases.
Kristina Fullerton Rico (University of Wisconsin, Madison) will examine the experiences of undocumented Mexican immigrants in New York City who are aging out of the workforce.
Esra Gules-Guctas (University of Albany) will examine the circumstances in which algorithms have reinforced structural discrimination are understood as legally claimable and then become legal claims.
Kimberly Horner (University of Minnesota) will examine the role of local offices of immigrant and refugee affairs within U.S. immigration governance.
Warren Lowell (Duke University) will examine the strategies real estate investors use to acquire properties in Black neighborhoods, what they do with these properties once they have purchased them, and how investments influence housing affordability.
Anna Malinovskaya (Cornell University) will examine how COVID-19 pandemic-driven automation impacts demand for workers’ skills.
Melanie Nadon (University of Chicago) will examine the relationship between poverty, place, race, and involvement with the child welfare system.
Martin Naunov (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) will examine how political candidates’ adherence to gender norms and their sexual orientation impact their electability. 
Keitaro Okura (Yale University) will examine how attributes such as race, religion, and political ideology affect whether someone is considered truly American. 
Elizabeth Pelletier (University of Washington, Seattle) will examine how Washington’s paid family leave policy impacts maternal employment outcomes.
Ewa Protasiuk (Temple University) will examine how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted low wage work, two years after its onset.
Chandra Reyna (University of Maryland, College Park) will examine how U.S.-based concepts of race complicate and inform how Latinx mothers engage in caregiving.
Giovanni Roman-Torres (University of Michigan) will examine how Latina/o immigrants create a sense of belonging and racial identity in places that have traditionally only had Black and White residents.
Carla Salazar Gonzalez (University of California, Los Angeles) will examine the effect of immigration policies and laws on Central American asylum-seeking mothers.
Christopher Seto (Pennsylvania State University) will examine the societal factors underlying the recent rise in anti-Asian discrimination and violence.
Maia Silber (Princeton University) will examine the history of insecure employment in the United States from 1938 to 1972.
Kevin Sparrow (Emory University) will examine how Black voters decide who to vote for in congressional primary elections with large numbers of Black candidates. 
Julia Szabo (Rice University) will examine the experiences of Latinx families living in suburban neighborhoods and attending suburban schools.
Bianca Vicuña (University of California, Los Angeles) will examine how Black, Latinx, and White women negotiate their racial and gender identities when deciding whether to join interracial groups that address gender inequality.
Zoe Walker (University of Michigan) will examine the discrepancy between the amount of discrimination Black Americans personally report and the level of discrimination they believe Black Americans face in general.
Rose Werth (Northwestern University) will examine beliefs about racial injustice and public safety as support for Black Lives Matter diminishes and violence increases.
Pamela Zabala (Duke University) will examine how Dominicans living in the U.S. make sense of U.S.-based concepts of race and their racial identity. 


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