Inaugural RSF-Gates Pipeline Grants Conference Held at the University of Michigan

June 14, 2022

On June 6-7, 2022, the Russell Sage Foundation hosted the inaugural conference for the RSF-Gates Pipeline Grants Competition in conjunction with Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan. Winners of the competition presented on their research findings during the conference. Their research projects represent a wide range of innovative research on economic mobility and access to opportunity in the United States. Topics included the impact of recessions on racial income inequality, the effects of extended family wealth on income mobility, and public housing redevelopment as a strategy to address barriers to economic mobility.

Pipeline Grants Competition mentor Rucker Johnson (University of California, Berkeley) gave one of two keynote addresses entitled “The Anatomy of School Funding Effectiveness: Going Beyond Whether Money Matters Toward ‘How,’ ‘Why,’ ‘When,’ ‘For Whom,’ and ‘Which Types’?” Mary Patillo (Northwestern University) gave the other keynote address entitled, “Black Advantage Visions: Flipping the Script on Racial Inequality Research.” Mesmin Destin (Northwestern University), Amy Hsin (CUNY, Queens College), Trevon Logan (Ohio State University), and Celeste Watkins-Hayes (University of Michigan) were featured on a panel offering advice for early career scholars. In addition to the presentations and panels, several network and community building events were held throughout the conference.

The RSF-Gates Pipeline Grants Competition is a partnership between the Russell Sage Foundation and the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The initiative is designed to support early- and mid-career tenure-track scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences and to promote diversity broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Grantees are paired with mentors who help guide their research and offer career advice throughout the academic year.

Learn more on the Pipeline Grants Competition.


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


The Russell Sage Foundation offers grants and positions in our Visiting Scholars program for research.


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