Winter 2020 Presidential Authority Grants

February 18, 2020

The Russell Sage Foundation recently approved Presidential Authority Grants in its Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality programs. Grants were also approved in the foundation’s special initiatives on Computational Social Science and Immigration and Immigrant Integration.

In addition, RSF approved supplemental funding for a grant previously made to G. Cristina Mora and Tianna S. Paschel, University of California, Berkeley, on Race, Place, and Political Attitudes in California.

Following is a list of the recent Presidential Authority Grants. Please click on each one for additional information.

Computational Social Science

In Song Kim, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, for a study examining campaign contributions and lobbying – $50,000.

Amber Spry, Brandeis University, for a study of identity measurement – $41,913.

Immigration and Immigrant Integration

Erika Arenas, University of California, Santa Barbara, Graciela Teruel, Universidad Iberoamericana-Ciudad de México, Edward Telles and Luis Rubalcava, Centro de Análisis y Medición del Bienestar Social, A.C., for a feasibility study of the labor market trajectories of Mexican immigrants to the U.S. by legal status and pre-migration resources – $20,540.

Asad L. Asad, Stanford University, for a study examining judicial decisions in denaturalization cases – $35,000.

Irene Browne, Emory University, and Natalie Delia Deckard, University of Windsor, for a study examining the social mobility trajectories of authorized middle-class Latino immigrants – $36,218.

Teresa Janevic and Ellerie Weber, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Ashley Fox, State University of New York, Albany, for a study examining Medicaid policy and immigrant maternal and infant health – $40,193

Future of Work

Siwei Cheng and Michael Hout, New York University, for a study examining the changing nature of occupations – $30,000.

Katherine Michelmore, Syracuse University, and Natasha Pilkauskas, University of Michigan, for a study examining the effect of the earned income tax credit on job quality – $29,272.

Katherine Weisshaar, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Koji Chavez, Indiana University, for a study to examine gender and racial discrimination in hiring – $49,510.

Race, Ethnicity and Immigration

Nathan Nunn, Stefanie Stantcheva and Alberto Alesina, Harvard University, and Sandra Sequeira, London School of Economics, for a study of the role of immigrant mobility in the past on contemporary perceptions of mobility and redistribution preferences – $50,000.

Paola Sapienza and David Figlio, Northwestern University, and Paola Giuliano, University of California Los Angeles, for a study examining the effects of immigrant students on the educational performance of native peers – $32,000.

Social, Political, and Economic Inequality

Madonna Harrington Meyer, Syracuse University, for a qualitative study examining food insecurity among older adults – $48,191.

Colleen M. Heflin, Syracuse University, for a study examining food insecurity among older adults – $34,997.


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