RSF Announces 2022-2023 Visiting Researchers

June 30, 2022

L-R: Angie Chung, Ran Hassin, Mona Lynch, Mignon R. Moore, Paul Osterman

The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of five visiting researchers for the 2022-2023 academic year: Angie Chung (University at Albany), Ran Hassin (Hebrew University of Jerusalem), Mona Lynch (University of California, Irvine), Mignon R. Moore (Barnard College), and Paul Osterman (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). While in residence at RSF in New York City, they will pursue research and writing projects that reflect the foundation’s commitment to strengthening the social sciences and conducting research to “improve social and living conditions in the United States.” Their projects will provide fresh insights on important social issues in American life. Their topics include immigrant civic engagement, how race impacts jury deliberations, sexual community development among Black women migrants, and the nature of employment relationships.

Angie Chung is Professor of Sociology at University at Albany. She received a PhD in sociology from University of California, Los Angeles. Her research focuses on urban sociology, race and ethnicity, immigration, and gender and family. She is the author of the books Saving Face: The Emotional Costs of the Asian Immigrant Family Myth (Rutgers University Press) and Legacies of Struggle: Conflict and Cooperation in Korean American Politics (Stanford University Press).

While in residence at RSF, Chung will write a book examining the rise of immigrant growth coalitions among ethnic entrepreneurs, political leaders, financiers, and auxiliary players who shape land use and redevelopment processes in globalizing cities. Chung will demonstrate how the pace and direction of immigrant growth politics depends on the ability of ethnic elites and their co-ethnic slow-growth challengers to capitalize on political openings and blockages within local political systems.

Ran Hassin is James Marshall Chair in the Department of Psychology at Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He received his PhD in psychology from Tel Aviv University. He is a former RSF visiting scholar. His research focuses on unconscious processes, consciousness, high level cognition, and motivation and emotion. He is the editor of The New Unconscious (Oxford University Press) and is co-editor of Self Control in Society, Mind, and Brain (Oxford University Press).

While in resident at RSF, Hassin will advance research on the diversity illusion phenomenon – people’s tendency to literally see and remember more diversity than there is in reality. He will complete current projects and write a paper on blindness to an extreme lack of diversity. He will also begin planning new lines of research.

Mona Lynch is Chancellor’s Professor of Criminology, Law & Society at University of California, Irvine. She received her PhD in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Lynch is the author of RSF book Hard Bargains: The Coercive Power of Drug Laws in Federal Court, a former RSF visiting scholar, and an RSF research grant recipient. Her research focuses on the law and society, psychology and the law, criminal procedure in practice, and race, institutional bias, and criminal justice. She is the author of Sunbelt Justice: Arizona and the Transformation of American Punishment (Stanford University Press).

While in residence at RSF, Lynch will draw on video-recorded deliberations data from two large-scale mock jury studies that test how the race of defendants and individual jurors and jury group racial characteristics interact in predicting verdicts in a drug conspiracy case. Both studies resulted in an unexpected finding: mock jurors became significantly less supportive of a guilty verdict for a Black defendant charged in a federal drug conspiracy case, relative to a White defendant, after small group deliberations.

Mignon R. Moore is Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Sociology at Barnard College. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. Moore is a contributor to RSF volume Social Awakening: Adolescent Behavior as Adulthood Approaches and a former RSF visiting scholar. Her research focuses on family, race, gender, sexuality, aging, and adolescence. She is the author of Invisible Families (University of California Press).

While in residence at RSF, Moore will work on a book analyzing oral histories and archival materials to chart the development of sexual community among working- and middle-class Black women who were migrants, children of migrants, or those already living in northern cities during the second Great Migration. Moore will focus on work and leisure institutions important to mid-twentieth century Black women, including churches, all-girls high schools, nightclubs and sex houses, to offer a fuller portrait of cultural and structural factors foundational to the construction of sexual communities.

Paul Osterman is Nanyang Technological University Professor of Human Resources and Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his PhD in Economics and Urban Studies and Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is author of RSF book Who Will Care for Us?, co-author of RSF book Good Jobs America, contributor to RSF volume What Works for Workers?, a former RSF visiting scholar, and the recipient of multiple RSF research grants. His research focuses on changes in work organizations within companies, career patterns and processes within firms, economic development, urban poverty, and public policy surrounding skills training and employment programs. He is the author of numerous books including The Truth About Middle Managers and Gathering Power (Beacon Press). He is also the editor of multiple volumes including Creating Good Jobs (MIT Press) and Economy in Society (MIT Press). 

While in residence at RSF, Osterman will work on a book examining the emerging nature of the employment relationship and what kinds of policies are appropriate for people whose economic outcomes are put at risk by these developments. He will focus on occupations which are being “cut-loose” from traditional employment relationships. This growing trend includes the rise of freelancing and contract work, but is broader and more complex that these two categories.

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