New Presidential Authority Grants Approved

November 8, 2021

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved the following thirteen new Presidential Authority grants. Grants were made in the foundation’s programs on Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Social, Political, and Economic Inequality; and in the foundation’s special initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration. Please click on each for a brief description of the research project.

Immigration & Immigrant Integration

Asad Asad, Stanford University, will conduct a qualitative study of how federal judges make immigrant denaturalization decisions – $50,000. This grant is funded in part by the Carnegie Corporation

Future of Work

Jacob Bastian, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, will examine the extent to which the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) affects migration out of rural and economically distressed regions – $34,613.

Sergio Chavez, Jing Li, and James Elliott, Rice University, will examine how migrant roofers’ earnings and health status vary across time – $49,078.

Anastassia Fedyk, University of California, Berkeley, will examine how the pandemic is interacting with longer-term trends in technology adoption and automation – $48,986.

Olga Stoddard, Chris Karpowitz and Jessica Preece, Brigham Young University, and Stephen D. O’Connell, Emory University, will examine gender and leadership in online and in-person team meetings – $34,222.

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Samantha Simon, University of Missouri, St. Louis, will conduct a qualitative study of how police officers are trained to use guns, including how technology and conceptions of gender and race inform the training process – $39,302.

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Elizabeth U. Cascio and Ethan G. Lewis, Dartmouth College, will examine racial gaps in school resources and school enrollment between 1940 and 1960 – $34,862.

Mesmin Destin, Northwestern University, Ariel Kalil, University of Chicago, and Rebecca M. Ryan, Georgetown University, will examine the extent to which parents’ beliefs about economic mobility shape their educational expectations and human capital investments in their children and their attitudes toward economic redistribution – $40,465.

David Grusky, Stanford University, will transcribe and deidentify interviews for the public release of the American Voices Project dataset – $49,311.

Kasey Henricks, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will conduct a case study of whether parking tickets written under false pretenses disproportionately affect Black and Latinx Chicago residents – $16,696.

Melinda Miller, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and Matthew T. Gregg, Center for Indian Country Development at Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, will examine a federal policy that subsidized the rural to urban migration of Native Americans from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s – $50,000.

Daisy Reyes, University of California, Merced, will conduct a qualitative study of how the lives of college-graduate Latinx millennials have been affected by the pandemic – $47,574. This grant is funded in part by the JPB Foundation.

Danila Serra, Texas A&M University, and Elira Kuka, George Washington University, will evaluate the impact of a low-cost, light-touch mentoring program on the academic success of early career economists – $49,817.


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