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New Book: Cycle of Segregation

The Fair Housing Act of 1968, which outlawed housing discrimination by race, was intended to set the stage for dismantling legal segregation. But almost fifty years later, residential segregation remains virtually unchanged in many metropolitan areas, particularly those in which many racial and ethnic minorities live. Why does segregation persist at such high rates and why has it proven so difficult to combat?

In a new book from RSF, Cycle of Segregation: Social Processes and Residential Stratification, sociologists Maria Krysan (University of Illinois at Chicago) and Kyle Crowder (University of Washington) examine the everyday social processes that contribute to residential stratification. Through original analyses of national-level surveys and in-depth interviews with Chicago residents, they show that segregation is reinforced through the biases and blind spots that individuals exhibit in their searches for housing. For instance, home-seekers rely heavily on information from friends, family, and coworkers when choosing where to live. Because social networks tend to be racially homogenous, people are likely to move to neighborhoods that are also dominated by members of their own group. Similarly, home-seekers wanting to live close to family members often choose segregated destinations because their relatives live in those neighborhoods. The authors suggest that people gravitate toward neighborhoods that are familiar to them through their experiences, including where they have previously lived and where they work, shop, and spend time. Because historical segregation has shaped so many experiences, even seemingly race-neutral decisions help reinforce the cycle of residential stratification. As a result, segregation has declined much more slowly than many social scientists have expected.

Read more about Cycle of Segregation or purchase a copy of the book.

RSF Accepting Visiting Scholar Applications for 2019–2020 Academic Year

The foundation invites visiting scholar applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. The visiting scholar program, established over thirty years ago, is a unique opportunity for social scientists to pursue research projects that investigate essential questions on social, economic, and political life in the United States while in residence at RSF. The program fosters the exchange of ideas in a vibrant interdisciplinary environment and promotes collaborations between researchers. Applications are reviewed by outside experts; final selections are made by Russell Sage Foundation trustees. Applications for the 2019-2020 academic year will be accepted until June 28, 2018.

View further information on the program, including eligibility requirements and application guidelines.

RSF Accepting Applications for Summer Institutes for Journalists and Early-Career Social Scientists

Each summer RSF sponsors a series of institutes for journalists and early-career social science researchers that are related to the foundation’s core programs and special initiatives. Below are the summer 2018 institutes:

Summer Institute in Computational Social Science
This institute, organized by Christopher Bail (Duke University) and Matthew Salganik (Princeton University), aims to bring together graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and early-career faculty interested in computational social science—the use of digital-age data sources and methods to conduct social research. The deadline for applications is February 19, 2018. Read more and apply.

Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods
This program, organized by Irene Bloemraad (University of California Berkeley) and Jennifer Van Hook (Pennsylvania State University), will train a new generation of U.S. migration researchers to leverage existing datasets and learn best-practices for rigorous, new data-collection projects. The program will also provide instruction in cutting edge methodologies for studying mobile populations. The deadline for applications is February 23, 2018. Read more and apply.

Summer Institute in Behavioral Economics (BE)
The 13th BE institute, organized by David Laibson and Matthew Rabin (Harvard University), will introduce graduate students and beginning faculty in economics and related disciplines to the findings and methods of behavioral economics—the application of psychological theory and research to economics. The deadline for applications is March 9, 2018. Read more and apply.

Social Science Summer Institute for Journalists
This three-day workshop, organized by Nicholas Lemann and Tali Woodward (Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism), aims to inform journalists about how to locate the best available social science research on their topics, how to identify and interact fruitfully with leading experts, and how to read academic publications for their journalistic relevance. The deadline for applications is March 30, 2018. Read more and apply.

Read more about the RSF summer institutes or submit an application.

Funding Opportunity: Small Grants Program on Improving Education and Reducing Inequality

RSF and the W.T. Grant Foundation invite research proposals to further our understanding of educational opportunity and success in the United States by analyzing data on academic achievement from the Stanford Education Data Archive (SEDA). We prefer studies that can identify the effects of policies, practices, and conditions on achievement inequality over descriptive or correlational studies, and are particularly interested in studies aimed at understanding how to reduce inequalities. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2018.

Read more and apply.

Webinar: Grant Seeking from Private Foundations: What Investigators Should Know

On January 29, 2018 the American Sociological Association will host a webinar for social science researchers seeking external funding from private foundations. RSF Program Officer Leana Chatrath will join representatives from the Spencer Foundation and W.T. Grant Foundation to review foundation programs and priorities, new initiatives, and the basics of grant-seeking. The presenters will also discuss what investigators should consider when writing a grant application. This webinar is designed for early career scholars, but is also informative for experienced investigators.

Read more or register for the webinar.

RSF Scholars and Authors Named 2018 AAPSS Fellows

The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) has named five social scientists who will be inducted into the Academy as Fellows in May 2018. The new Fellows include Maria Cancian (University of Wisconsin­–Madison), a former RSF visiting scholar and co-editor of the RSF volume Changing Poverty, Changing Policies; Michael Hout (New York University), a former RSF visiting scholar and co-author of the RSF book Century of Difference; Jane Waldfogel (Columbia University), a former RSF visiting scholar and co-author of the RSF book Too Many Children Left Behind; and Hirokazu Yoshikawa (New York University), a former visiting scholar, a current RSF trustee and co-author of the RSF book Cradle to Kindergarten.

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