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New Book: Immigration and the Remaking of Black America

Over the last four decades, immigration from the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa to the U. S. has increased rapidly. In several states, African immigrants are now the primary drivers of growth in the black population. While social scientists and commentators have noted that these black immigrants’ social and economic outcomes often differ from those of their native-born counterparts, few studies have carefully analyzed the mechanisms that produce these disparities. In Immigration and the Remaking of Black America, sociologist Tod Hamilton merges interdisciplinary scholarship with new data to enhance our understanding of the causes of socioeconomic stratification among both the native-born and newcomers.

Hamilton demonstrates that immigration from the Caribbean and sub-Saharan Africa is driven by selective migration, meaning that these immigrants tend to have higher educational attainment and better health than those who stay behind. As a result, they arrive in the U.S. with some advantages over native-born blacks, and, in some cases, over whites. He also shows the importance of historical context: prior to the Civil Rights Movement, black immigrants’ socioeconomic outcomes resembled native-born blacks’ much more closely, regardless of their educational attainment in their country of origin. Today, however, certain groups of black immigrants have better outcomes than native-born black Americans—such as lower unemployment rates and higher rates of homeownership—in part because they immigrated at a time of expanding opportunities for minorities and women in general.

Hamilton argues that failing to account for this diversity among the black population can lead to incorrect estimates of the social progress made by black Americans and the persistence of racism and discrimination. By richly detailing the changing nature of black America, Immigration and the Remaking of Black America helps scholars and policymakers to better understand the complexity of racial disparities in the twenty-first century.

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RSF Announces 2019-2020 Visiting Journalists

The foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of three visiting journalists for the 2019-2020 academic year. Visiting journalists work in residence at the foundation for a period of up to three months alongside resident visiting scholars who might help inform the development of their projects.

The journalists selected for 2019-2020 are Sylvia A. Harvey, Jude Joffe-Block, and Mosi Secret. Joffe-Block and Harvey will visit RSF during the fall 2019; Secret, in Spring 2020.

Read more about our Visiting Journalists.

New Presidential Authority Grants Approved in Core Programs and Special Initiatives

The Foundation recently approved 11 Presidential Authority grants in the Future of Work and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality programs and the special initiatives on Immigration and Immigrant Integration and Non-Standard Work.

View the full list of new Presidential Authority grants.

June 27 Deadline: Visiting Scholar Applications for the 2020-2021 Academic Year

The deadline for applications for visiting scholar fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year is June 27, 2019, at 2pm ET/11am PT. 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 U.S. 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 will be made by RSF trustees at the November 2019 board meeting.

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

Funding Opportunities: Upcoming Deadline for RSF Programs and Special Initiatives

RSF is accepting letters of inquiry until August 21, 2019, at 2pm ET/11am PT in the Future of Work and Behavioral Economics programs, and the special initiatives on Computational Social Science, Decision Making and Human Behavior in Context, and Immigration & Immigrant Integration.

View all funding deadlines and application guidelines.

Request for Abstracts for Journal Articles: Wealth Inequality and Child Development: New Evidence for Policy and Practice

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is accepting abstracts for papers for an upcoming issue that examines the contours and consequences of wealth inequality for child households and for child outcomes, edited by Christina Gibson-Davis (Duke University) and Heather Hill (University of Washington). The deadline for submissions is June 24, 2019.

View the call for papers and guidelines for submissions.

RSF President, Trustee, Authors, and Grantees Featured in Stanford Poverty and Inequality Report

The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality produces an annual report that focuses on such issues as poverty, employment, income inequality, health inequality, economic mobility, and educational access. This year’s report reviews the latest evidence on how millennials are faring.

The report features several articles written by RSF officers, trustees, grantees and authors including: RSF president Sheldon Danziger, RSF trustee Mario Luis Small (Harvard University), David Grusky (Stanford University), Bruce Western (Harvard University), Harry Holzer (Georgetown University), Aliya Saperstein (Stanford University), Florencia Torche (Stanford University), Christopher Wimer (Columbia Population Research Center), Susan Dynarski (University of Michigan), Darrick Hamilton (Ohio State University), and Michael Hout (New York University).

Read more about the report.

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