New Presidential Authority Grants Approved

July 15, 2021

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved twelve new Presidential Authority grants and one supplemental grant for a previously awarded Presidential grant. Grants were made in the foundation’s programs on Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration, and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality, and in the foundation’s special initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration

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

Matthew Guardino, Providence College, and Jeffrey Pugh, University of Massachusetts-Boston, will examine public attitudes about immigrants’ role in host societies – $34,650. This appropriation is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation.

Erin Hamilton, University of California, Davis, and Claudia Masferrer, El Colegio de Mexico, will analyze the characteristics and well-being of U.S.-born children de facto deported to Mexico – $34,852. This appropriation is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation.

Carolina Valdivia, University of California, Los Angeles, will conduct a qualitative study of family reunification in the U.S. after deportation – $38,110. This appropriation is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation.

Future of Work

Jack DeWaard, University of Minnesota, will examine the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on residential mobility and migration – $31,290.

Jeffrey Flory, Claremont McKenna College, John List, University of Chicago, and Brent Hickman, Washington University, will examine the effects of diversity and inclusion in the workplace on worker productivity and employee composition– $39,322.

Race, Ethnicity and Immigration

Yan Chen, Ann Chih Lin, and Kentaro Toyama, University of Michigan, will examine the extent to which conversation-based interventions reduce prejudice against Muslim Americans – $20,416.

Social, Political and Economic Inequality

Jazmin Brown-Iannuzzi and Shigehiro Oishi, University of Virginia, will examine why, how and for whom economic inequality may exacerbate racial prejudice – $43,576.

Anna Gunderson, Louisiana State University, and Laura Huber, University of Mississippi, will examine the extent to which the appointment of female and non-white police chiefs is associated with changes in police behavior – $34,994.

Zoltan Hajnal, University of California, San Diego, will examine the extent to which the timing of local elections affects representation – $17,020.

Spencer Headworth, Purdue University, will conduct a qualitative study of vehicle repossessions and socioeconomic disadvantage – $21,500.

Supreet Kaur and Mahesh Srinivasan, University of California, Berkeley, will examine the extent to which the psychological experience of poverty affects parental engagement with their children – $34,675.

Anna Rhodes, Rice University, and Max Besbris, University of Wisconsin, Madison, will conduct follow-up qualitative interviews with middle-class households affected by weather-related disasters – $18,468. (This is a supplemental grant.)

Matthew Ross and CarlyWill Sloan, Claremont Graduate University, will examine the extent to which police training mitigates disparities in use of force – $29,178.


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