New Presidential Authority Grants Approved

November 16, 2020

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved nineteen new Presidential Authority grants. Grants were made in the foundation’s programs on Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. Additional grants were made in the foundation’s special initiatives on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context and Immigration and Immigrant Integration.  In addition, supplemental funding was approved for a previous grant to Judith A. Levine, Temple University, to complete a study examining the transition from college to employment.

Following is a list of the recent Presidential Authority Grants. Please click on each one for a brief description of each research project.

Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context

Diana C. Mutz, University of Pennsylvania, to replicate a study of political polarization – $50,000.

Future of Work

Alexandrea Ravenelle, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, for a panel study of precarious workers during the pandemic – $49,940.

Evan Starr, University of Maryland, College Park, and Bo Cowgill, Columbia University, for a field experiment to examine the effects of noncompete agreements on workers and employers – $50,000.

Immigration & Immigrant Integration

Leah C. Schmalzbauer, Amherst College, for an ethnographic study of Covid-19’s impact on upwardly mobile Latinx youth and their families – $50,000.

Race, Ethnicity and Immigration

Matthew A. Barreto and Chad W. Dunn, University of California, Los Angeles, for a study examining the impact of the rapid vote by mail transition on communities of color and immigrants – $50,000.

Devyn S. Benson, Davidson College, and Danielle P. Clealand, University of Texas-Austin, for a study examining the socioeconomic status, educational trajectories, political attitudes, and voting behaviors of black Cubans – $50,000.

Julie A. Dowling, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, G. Cristina Mora, University of California, Berkeley, and Michael Rodríguez-Muñiz, Northwestern University, for a study examining race and the politics of trust – $49,601.

Shana Gadarian, Syracuse University, Sara Wallace Goodman, University of California-Irvine, and Thomas Pepinsky, Cornell University, for a study examining partisanship, outgroup prejudice, and public health during the COVID-19 pandemic – $35,000.

Angelina Snodgrass Godoy, University of Washington, Seattle, for a study examining immigration detention capacity and its consequences – $50,000.

Carole J. Uhlaner, University of California, Irvine, to add COVID-19 related and civic participation questions on the 2020 Collaborative Multiracial Post-Election Survey – $35,000.

Marci A. Ybarra, Angela S. García and Yanilda María González, University of Chicago, for a qualitative study examining the wellbeing of racialized and immigrant Chicagoans before and after the pandemic – $34,736.

Social, Political and Economic Inequality

William Arnone and Stephen A. Wandner, National Academy of Social Insurance, for a task force to examine how shifting to a federal Unemployment Insurance program might reduce poverty and increase program effectiveness, efficiency, and equity – $35,000.

Dana R. Fisher and Stella M. Rouse, University of Maryland, College Park, and Michael T. Heaney, University of Glasgow, for a study examining the effects of the current mass mobilization against systemic racism on democracy and politics – $49,957.

Sherry Glied and Ingrid Gould Ellen, New York University, for a study examining the role of housing and social policy on COVID-19 and influenza morbidity and mortality – $35,000.

Danya E. Keene, Yale University, for a study examining informal housing provision, health, and inequality – $34,745.

Sanders Korenman, Rosemary T. Hyson, and Dahlia K. Remler, Baruch College CUNY, for a study examining changes in poverty during the pandemic – $21,668.

Karin D. Martin, University of Washington, for a study examining the consequences of an amnesty program for court-ordered debt – $29,998.

Thomas W. Smith and Louise Hawkley, NORC at the University of Chicago, for a survey of Americans before, during, and after the pandemic – $29,472.

Bryan Sykes, University of California, Irvine, for a study to examine the effects of economic and informational inequality on compliance with court-ordered treatment programs – $50,000.


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