RSF-Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Awarded to Emerging Scholars

March 22, 2023

The Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to announce eighteen awards to emerging scholars in the fourth round of their Pipeline Grants Competition. This initiative supports early-career scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences and promotes racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity.

Following is a list of grantees with links to brief descriptions of their research projects.

Tarun Banerjee (John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City College of New York) will examine the role of the Civil Rights Movement in the implementation of the War on Poverty in the 1960s.

Erica Czaja (University of Toledo) will examine the role of empathy during the COVID-19 crisis and the social protests of 2020 in shifting Americans’ understandings of systemic racism.

Elizabeth Jordie Davies (University California, Irvine) will examine how Black Americans’ alienation from the state informs their radical political action.


Sean Drake (Syracuse University) will examine how homelessness impacts children’s experiences with school.


Michael Gibson-Light (University of Denver) will examine attempts by incarcerated people to unionize in the 1970s to better understand the challenges that today’s imprisoned workers encounter.

Jasmine Hill (University of California, Los Angeles) will study the impact of political education (e.g., critical race theory) on Black Americans’ inequality beliefs and susceptibility to predatory inclusion schemes like cryptocurrency.

Rebecca Hsu (Howard University) will examine the impact of eviction moratoria on the rate of eviction filings in 2020.


Emily Leslie (Brigham Young University) and Brittany Street (University of Missouri) will examine the impact of access to public housing assistance on labor market and criminal justice outcomes.

Elias Nader (Kent State University) will examine the experiences of justice-involved young adults in accessing employment, education, and training.


Nanre Nafziger (McGill University) will explore the personal stories of young Black organizers who took to the streets during the rebellion summer of 2020 to better understand the “long road” to lifelong activism.


Alberto Ortega (Indiana University, Bloomington) will examine the effect of a youth detention alternative program on arrests and disciplinary outcomes.


Juan Pedroza (University of California, Santa Cruz) will examine how childcare arrangements among mixed-status immigrant households differ from those of U.S.-born households.

Adam Pittman (Southern Connecticut State University) and Cassi Meyerhoffer (Southern Connecticut State University) will examine how living in poor, segregated neighborhoods close to Yale University affects residents’ daily lives.

Sharon Quinsaat (Grinnell College) and Nico Ravanilla (University of California, San Diego) will examine the formation of conservative attitudes and beliefs among Filipino immigrants.


Zawadi Rucks-Ahidiana (University at Albany, State University of New York) will examine how race and class define employment opportunities in different regions of the United States.

Christine Slaughter (Boston University) will examine how persistent poverty shapes African Americans’ political engagement, including their perceptions of government effectiveness in redressing racial inequality.

Mary Ellen Stitt (University at Albany, State University of New York) and Gabriela Kirk (Syracuse University) will examine the impacts of mandatory alternative-to-incarceration interventions on well-being and social inequality.

Liwei Zhang (Washington University, St. Louis) will examine the effects of state-level eviction moratoria and other supportive programs on child maltreatment reports during the COVID-19 pandemic.


RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of original empirical research articles by both established and emerging scholars.


The Russell Sage Foundation offers grants and positions in our Visiting Scholars program for research.


Join our mailing list for email updates.