New Presidential Authority Grants Approved

April 16, 2021

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved thirteen new Presidential Authority grants. Grants were made in the foundation’s programs on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality, and in the foundation’s special initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration.  In addition, supplemental funding was approved for a previous grant to Elizabeth Fussell, Brown University, to complete a create a geographically standardized time series for residents of Puerto Rico.

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

Immigration & Immigrant Integration

Emily Weisburst and Felipe Goncalves, University of California, Los Angeles, will examine the impact of immigration enforcement on public safety and community trust – $21,648. This appropriation is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation.

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Stéphane Mechoulan, Dalhousie University, and Yujung Hwang, John Hopkins University, will examine the extent to which affirmative action bans affect college students’ views regarding race and social justice – $43,705.

John Mollenkopf, The Graduate Center, City University of New York, will examine civic and political engagement in New York City during the pandemic – $42,824. This appropriation is funded in part by the JPB Foundation.

Brendan O’Flaherty and Jose Luis Montiel Olea, Columbia University, and Rajiv Sethi, Barnard College, will examine racial and ethnic disparities in police homicides – $47,986.

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Matthew Baum, Harvard University, David Lazer, Northeastern University, and Katherine Ognyanova, Rutgers University, will conduct two additional waves of a multi-wave 50-State COVID-19 survey – $50,000.

Andra Gillespie, Emory University, will examine attitudes and behaviors regarding COVID-19 and police protests – $50,000. This appropriation is funded in part by the JPB Foundation.

Nathan Kelly and Jana Morgan, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will examine the consequences of structural inequalities and the policy response to these inequalities for how people think about democratic processes and their outcomes – $37,630. This appropriation is funded in part by the JPB Foundation.

Seanna Leath, University of Virginia, will examine parents’ racial socialization of Black daughters in response to gendered racism – $49,522.

Michael Light, University of Wisconsin, Madison, will examine the effects of skin color inequality in criminal case processing – $46,781.

Leah Ruppanner, University of Melbourne, Caitlyn Collins, Washington University in St. Louis, William Scarborough, University of North Texas, and Liana Christin Landivar, University of Maryland, will examine the social and financial consequences of reopening schools after the pandemic closures on mothers’ employment – $49,909.

Heather Schoenfeld, Boston University, and Michael Campbell, University of Denver, will examine what political and social factors contribute to policy changes that would reduce incarceration – $35,000.

Jörg Spenkuch, Northwestern University, Ethan Kaplan, University of Maryland - College Park, and Cody Tuttle, Princeton University, will examine the long-run effects of school desegregation on political and social preferences – $50,000.

James L. Gibson, Washington University in St. Louis, will examine the consequences of the 2020 presidential election for the legitimacy of political institutions – $35,000.


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