RSF-Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Awarded to Emerging Scholars

March 15, 2022

The Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to announce twenty awards made in the third round of their Pipeline Grants Competition. Together, these research projects by emerging scholars represent a wide range of innovative research on economic mobility and access to opportunity in the United States. The RSF-Gates Pipeline Grants initiative is designed to support early- and mid-career tenure-track scholars who are underrepresented in the social sciences and to promote diversity broadly, including racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity.

Following is the list of grant recipients with links to brief descriptions of their research projects.

Daniel Auguste (Florida Atlantic University) will examine the consequences of student debt burden for business ownership and success and how such consequences vary by race.

Dominique J. Baker (Southern Methodist University) will use computational social science techniques on 15 years of news articles to explore the links between race, racism, and how student loan policies are covered in the media.

Angie Bautista-Chavez (Arizona State University) will examine the role of middle-level bureaucrats in U.S. immigration policy and enforcement.


Monnica Chan (University of Massachusetts, Boston) will explore SNAP participation among college students in the wake of expanded eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nyron N. Crawford (Temple University) will examine the administrative barriers that discourage justice-involved individuals from engaging in criminal record expungement programs.

Tomeka Davis (Georgia State University) will examine the arc of high-achieving Black and Latinx students from high school through college and into early adulthood.


Jelani Ince (University of Washington, Seattle) and Fabio Rojas (Indiana University, Bloomington) will explore how Black Lives Matter protests helped shift public discourse towards the movement’s agenda and reframed how people understand systemic, racialized police violence.

Anne-Kathrin Kronberg (University of North Carolina, Charlotte) will examine how policies and features of digital platforms affect inclusion among online content creators.

Rahim Kurwa (University of Illinois, Chicago) will examine evictions from subsidized housing programs in Chicago, the role of carceral policies and practices in evictions, and how tenants and legal aid organizations resist these forces.

Yader Lanuza (University of California, Santa Barbara) will examine how social class and immigration status interact to influence undocumented students’ transition from high school to college.

Shelley Liu (University of California Berkeley) and Tony Cheng (University of California, Irvine) will examine how online media shapes polarized attitudes towards the police.

Patrisia Macías-Rojas (University of Illinois, Chicago) will conduct a follow-up study examining changes in the effects of U.S-Mexico border enforcement on low-income residents twenty years after the creation of the Department of Homeland Security.


Yalidy Matos (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) will examine how U.S. Latinos have aligned with and/or complicated the Black-White race binary in the U.S. and the political consequences of such alignment.

Courtnee Melton-Fant (University of Memphis) will examine how state labor policies in the U.S. South affect economic outcomes for women and people of color.


Ashley Muchow (University of Illinois, Chicago) will examine how the use of local jails for federal immigration detention impacts Latinx arrest rates.


Patricia Posey (University of Chicago) will examine how expanded government social support during the COVID-19 pandemic and a thriving fringe economy shaped political attitudes about government across race/ethnic and class groups.

Francis Prior (Assumption University) and Steven Farough (Assumption University) will examine how debt among formerly incarcerated fathers affects both their broader economic lives and their identification with the social roles of fatherhood.

Jessica Lynn Stewart (Emory University) will examine how local economic development efforts and other context-dependent factors influence African Americans' perceptions of upward group mobility and progressive policy preferences in Chicago and Atlanta.

Yolanda Wiggins (San José State University) will examine intergenerational exchanges between Black young adults and their families to explore the ways in which post-college life coupled with drastic social change restructures Black family life.


Hajar Yazdiha (University of Southern California) will explore how social disasters like COVID-19 reshape how Black and Brown student activists mobilize and perceive the possibilities of systemic change in unsettling times.



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