Research Grants Approved at March 2022 Trustee Meeting

March 30, 2022

At RSF’s March 2022 meeting of the board of trustees six projects were approved in the foundation’s programs on Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality as well as the foundation’s special initiative on Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context.

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

Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context

Gerard Torrats-Espinosa (Columbia University) will examine how peer and network influences among police officers impact police behavior when they come into contact with citizens – $130,497

Jay Van Bavel (New York University) will investigate which social media platforms are associated with polarization and will test interventions to decrease polarization online – $172,846

Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration

Joshua Pasek (University of Michigan), Hakeem Jefferson (Stanford University), and Fabian Neuner (Arizona State University) will examine the persisting racial divide in reactions to Black Americans’ encounters with the criminal justice system – $146,215

James M. Thomas (University of Mississippi) will examine how White southerners understand the American racial hierarchy and their place within it – $135,293

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

John R. Logan (Brown University) will investigate how institutional racism shaped segregation patterns in U.S. metropolitan areas from 1900 to 1970 – $149,881

Robert Mickey (University of Michigan), Jacob M. Grumbach (University of Washington), and Daniel Ziblatt (Harvard University) will examine the historical factors that have contributed to the development of the often racist and repressive nature of current day policing – $152,614


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