RSF-Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Awarded to Emerging Scholars

March 28, 2024

The Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to announce seventeen awards to emerging scholars in the fifth round of their Pipeline Grants Competition. This initiative supports early-career scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences and/or who are employed at under-resourced institutions, promoting racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity. Three of these awards were co-funded with The Policy Academies.

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

Marion Aouad (University of California, Irvine) will examine the financial effects of death on surviving family members.


Rachel Atkins (St. John’s University) will investigate how much of the observed racial disparities in new business creation are attributable to differences in housing wealth. – Co-funded with The Policy Academies

Mark Chin (Vanderbilt University) and Tasminda Kaur Dhaliwal (Michigan State University) will examine the impact of nuisance ordinances on the academic and behavioral outcomes of K-12 students.

Akiv Dawson (Georgia Southern University), Miltonette Craig (Sam Houston State University), and Marie Jipguep-Akhtar (Howard University, not pictured) will examine the experiences of Black immigrants and how “crimmigration” – a penal system that combines immigration enforcement with the criminal legal system – impacts their integration into the U.S.

Deisy Del Real (University of Southern California) will compare how differing immigration policies and national attitudes toward immigration in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and the United States impact the integration of Venezuelan migrants and their well-being.

Claire Duquennois (University of Pittsburgh) and Jiangnan Zeng (University of Guelph) will explore whether positive minority representation in the media reduces implicit racial biases in White Americans and impacts neighborhood choice, social relationships, and hate crimes and speech.

Linnea Evans (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) will investigate how structural racism impacts racial differences in time use.


Phoebe Ho (University of North Texas) will examine the experiences of first-generation immigrant origin students and how these experiences may affect educational and employment outcomes.

Yunmei (Iris) Lu (University at Buffalo, State University of New York) will investigate how racial disparities in experiencing crime has shifted across generations.


Cici McNamara (Georgia Institute of Technology) will examine the impact of Medicaid enrollment among recently incarcerated adults on post-release outcomes including employment and reincarceration.

Miguel Montalva Barba (University of Massachusetts, Boston) will explore how people of color make sense of neighborhood gentrification.


Bryant Moy (New York University) will investigate whether awareness of racially restrictive housing covenants bolsters support for reparations. – Co-funded with The Policy Academies

Gandalf Nicolas (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) will investigate perceptions of economic inequality for different racial, gender, and intersecting race-gender groups.


Chelsea Peterson-Salahuddin (University of Michigan) will investigate how low-income Black women’s socioeconomic experiences shape their political information seeking habits and their engagement in other forms of political participation.

Terrill Taylor (University of Maryland, College Park) will examine how justice-involved Black men make sense of their past experiences of justice involvement and how these experiences affect their educational and career aspirations. – Co-funded with The Policy Academies

Marissa Thompson (Columbia University) will investigate how Americans believe educational resources should be distributed.


Rachel Williams (University of Wisconsin, Madison) will investigate the ways in which state-driven charter school growth reshapes political power in Memphis, Tennessee, as well as the city’s physical development.



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