Research Grants Approved at March 2021 Trustee Meeting

April 14, 2021

At the foundation’s March 2021 meeting of the board of trustees seventeen new research projects were approved in its programs on the Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality, as well as in its special initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration.

Future of Work

Dan Ariely, Duke University, and Ashley Whillans, Harvard University, will test whether behavioral science interventions that have been successful in other contexts help create a more productive and rewarding remote work experience.

Patricia Cortés, Boston University; Jessica Pan, National University of Singapore; Basit Zafar, University of Michigan; and Gizam Kosar, Federal Reserve Bank of New York, will study whether the pandemic is changing worker preferences for workplace flexibility, as well as the longer-term effects of changes in workplaces and work arrangements with regard to gender equality.

Alford Young, Jr., Arthur Thurnau, and Earl Lewis, University of Michigan, will study whether and how Black essential workers in low-skilled, low-wage jobs changed their valuation of their work due to their experiences during the pandemic. Co-funded by JPB Foundation.

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Kenneth Andrews and Neal Caren, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and Rashawn Ray, University of Maryland, College Park, will study the effects of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement and protests on urban policing policy reform. Co-funded by JPB Foundation.

Samuel Bazzi, University of California, San Diego, and Martin Fiszbein, Boston University, will investigate whether and how white migration from southern states following the Civil War influenced racial norms elsewhere in the U.S. at a time of westward expansion.

Natacha Blain and Emily Backes, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, will convene a NAS committee of criminal justice experts to review and synthesize evidence on how to best reduce racial differences in the criminal justice system.

Charissa Cheah and Shuyan Sun, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Cixin Wang and Janelle Wong, University of Maryland, College Park, will study of the impact of anti-Asian sentiment and discrimination on social identity formation and civic engagement among Asian American parents and their adolescent children.

Ellora Derenoncourt and Conrad Miller, University of California, Berkeley; Heather Sarsons, University of Chicago; and Benjamin Feigenberg, University of Illinois, Chicago, will study of the effects of historical Black migration to northern states during the Great Migration on the subsequent severity of criminal justice policies and on racial inequality.

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Lee Ann Banaszak, Christopher Fowler and John McCarthy, Pennsylvania State University, and Dane Mataic, North Dakota State University, will explore whether and how the routine maintenance of voter rolls impacts and disenfranchises voting-eligible minority, poor and younger voters.

Lawrence Berger and J. Michael Collins, University of Wisconsin, Madison; Meta Brown, Rachel Dwyer, and Stephanie Moulton, Ohio State University; and Jason Houle, Dartmouth College, will study the role of credit and debt in financial coping in the wake of the pandemic by linking a national sample of consumer credit profiles, alternative financial services data, and state social welfare policy information.

Matthew Desmond, Princeton University, and Peter Hepburn, Rutgers University, Newark, will augment an innovative data system for tracking evictions in real time and provide descriptive evidence on eviction patterns in the wake of the pandemic.

Jeffrey Fagan, Lisa Bates, and Charles Branas, Columbia University, develop a national database on both lethal and non-lethal police use of force and analyze the relative risks of police-caused injury or death. Co-funded by JPB Foundation.

Jonathan Nagler, Joshua Tucker, and Richard Bonneau, New York University, will analyze Twitter data to understand the role of messaging from key political actors and media outlets in the polarization of public opinon regarding COVID-19 and affiliated restrictions.

Elora Raymond, Georgia Institute of Technology; Lauren Sudeall, Georgia State University; and Phil Garboden, University of Hawai’i, will examine the impact of emergency eviction moratoria and rental assistance during the pandemic on housing stability, with a focus on disparities by race and ethnicity.

Laurel Eckhouse, University of Denver; Hannah Walker, University of Texas, Austin; Jennifer Doleac, Texas A&M University; Ariel White, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Allison Harris, Yale University, will study whether providing voter eligibility and registration information to formerly incarcerated individuals increases their registration and voting rates.

Special Initiative on Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Caitlin Patler, University of California, Davis, and Altaf Saadi, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, will follow detainees recently released from immigration detention to study the individual and family level effects of decarceration. Co-funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Núria Rodríguez- Planas and Rafael de Balanzó Joue, Queens College, City University of New York, will study the impact of emergency grant aid during COVID-19 on undocumented and low-income college students’ persistence, performance, and degree completion. Co-funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York.


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