New Research Grants Approved

February 3, 2023

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved the following 22 new research grants made in the foundation’s programs on Behavioral Science and Decision Making in ContextFuture of WorkRace, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality and in the foundation’s special initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration. Two grants were co-funded with the Washington Center for Equitable Growth and one was co-funded with the JPB Foundation.

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

Behavioral Science and Decision Making in Context

Ashley Craig (University of Michigan) and Clémentine Van Effenterre (University of Toronto) will investigate the gender disparities in coding interview evaluations used to hire computer programmers.

Katherine McCabe (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) will examine the extent to which exposure to online political spaces increases the political engagement of politically moderate Reddit users.

Future of Work

Patrick Kline (University of California, Berkeley), Christopher Walters (University of California, Berkeley), and Evan Rose (University of Chicago) will examine public perception of employment discrimination and how perception varies amongst different groups.

Sigrid Luhr (University of Illinois, Chicago) will examine how remote work affects work-life conflict, relationships with coworkers, and feelings of belonging.

Trenton Mize (Purdue University), Richard Petts (Ball State University), and Gayle Kaufman (Davidson College) will examine attitudes towards parental leave taken by single parents (both women and men) and parents in same-gender and different-gender couples.

Juliet Schor (Boston College), Wen Fan (Boston College) and Phyllis Moen (University of Minnesota) will examine the effect of a four-day work week schedule on job quality, worker productivity, workers’ quality of life, and the environment.

Patrick Turner (University of Notre Dame), Tania Barham (University of Colorado Boulder), and Brian Cadena (University of Colorado Boulder) will examine the impact of a tuition-free, non-profit IT training program on employment, earnings, and education outcomes.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Shaun Wiley (College of New Jersey) and Yasin Koc (University of Groningen) will examine how having close relationships with undocumented immigrants impacts immigration activism among Mexican and Central Americans.

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Catherine Bueker (Emmanuel College) will examine how longtime white residents and mainstream institutions of Wellesley, MA, such as schools and religious organizations, view and experience increasing diversity.

Alexandra Filindra (University of Illinois, Chicago) will examine the psychological and political effects of direct and indirect exposure to violence and threats of violence on elected representatives.

Juan Garibay (University of Virginia) and Amalia Dache (University of Pennsylvania) will examine the impact of student racial justice activism on university reparations engagement for colleges founded prior to the Civil War.

Alexandra Garr-Schultz (University of Connecticut) and Lydia Emery (Northwestern University) will examine how different ideologies of racial diversity (e.g., colorblindness vs. multiculturalism) affect relationship dynamics, individual wellbeing, and conversations with children about race.

Michael W. Kraus (Yale University) will examine how pandemic-related anti-Asian bias affects Asian Americans’ beliefs about their position in society’s racial hierarchy and their willingness to engage in anti-racism efforts. This grant is funded in part by the JPB Foundation. 

Alexander Kustov (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) will examine the perceived importance of immigration issues among pro- and anti-immigration voters.

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Jason Cook (University of Utah) and Chloe East (University of Colorado, Denver) will examine the extent to which caseworker discretion impacts SNAP accessibility and the labor market outcomes for applicants who are denied SNAP benefits.

Erin Cooley (Colgate University) and Jazmin L. Brown-Iannuzzi (University of Virginia) will examine the roles of envy and group threat in support for right-wing political extremism among Whites without a college degree.

Laura DeMarco (North Carolina State University) and Sadé Lindsay (Cornell University) will investigate how knowledge and perception of collateral sanctions impacts housing, employment, and educational aspirations and attainment of justice-involved people.

Jane Fruehwirth (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), Krista Perreira (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and Shauna Cooper (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) will examine the effects of the pandemic on resilience, grade point average, credit hours, graduation rates, and post-graduation wages among low-income and first-generation college students.

Laura Gee (Tufts University), Kristy Buzzard (Syracuse University) and Olga Stoddard (Brigham Young University) will examine the extent to which mothers are more likely than fathers to be contacted by their child’s school and how this varies by stated parent availability.

Sara Jaffee (University of Pennsylvania) and Vincent Reina (University of Pennsylvania) will evaluate the impacts of PHLRentAssist-Direct, a pilot flexible cash assistance housing program, on housing stability, income stability, employment opportunities, and other outcomes.

Terence Keel (University of California, Los Angeles) and Lauren Brown (San Diego State University) will investigate the extent to which post-mortem medical examinations may lead to underreporting or misclassification of police-involved deaths.

Samuel L. Myers, Jr. (University of Minnesota), Marina Gorzig (St. Catherine University), Donn Feir (University of Victoria British Columbia), and Randall Akee (University of California Los Angeles) will examine the relationship between local economic opportunity and health outcomes by race and gender, with a focus on the Native American population. This grant is funded in part by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Ananya Roy (University of California, Los Angeles) will examine homelessness and housing insecurity in Los Angeles and the efficacy of local housing initiatives. 

Jonathan Smith (Georgia State University), Andria Smythe (Howard University), and Justin Ortagus (University of Florida) will examine the extent to which Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) reduce racial gaps in economic wellbeing. This grant is funded in part by the Washington Center for Equitable Growth.

Ericka Weathers (University of Pennsylvania) and Kenneth Shores (University of Delaware) will examine the effects of school-based policing on student outcomes.


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