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New Book: Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants

The 2016 election of Donald Trump prompted a surge in anti-immigrant sentiment which threatened DACA and other progressive immigration policies. In Holding Fast: Resilience and Civic Engagement Among Latino Immigrants, political scientists James McCann (Purdue University) and Michael Jones-Correa (University of Pennsylvania) investigate whether and how these recent shifts have affected political attitudes and civic participation among Latino immigrants.

Holding Fast draws largely from a yearlong survey of Latino immigrants, including both citizens and noncitizens, conducted before and after the 2016 election. The survey gauges immigrants’ attitudes about the direction of the country and the emotional underpinnings of their political involvement. While respondents expressed pessimism about the direction of the country after the election, there was no evidence that they withdrew from civic life. Instead, immigrants demonstrated remarkable resilience in their political engagement, and their ties to America remained robust. McCann and Jones-Correa examine Latino immigrants’ trust in government as well as their economic concerns and fears surrounding possible deportations of family members and friends. Addressing the potential influence immigrant voters may wield in in the 2020 election, the authors point to signs that the turnout rate for naturalized Latino immigrants may be higher than that for Latinos born in the United States. The authors underscore the importance of the parties' platforms and policies, noting the still-tenuous nature of Latino immigrants’ affiliations with the Democratic Party.

Holding Fast outlines the complex political situation in which Latino immigrants find themselves today and provides a nuanced, thoughtful outlook on the future of Latino civic participation. It is an important contribution to scholarly work on civic engagement and immigrant integration.

Read more and purchase a copy of the book.

Click here to watch a webinar discussion with the authors about the book’s findings and their political implications.


Research Update: RSF’s Pipeline Grants Competition Fosters Diversity Among Early Career Scholars

In 2019, the Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility & Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launched a new Pipeline Grants Competition 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. RSF announced the inaugural eighteen grants in March 2020, and the competition is now seeking proposals for its second round of funding (see item below.) The RSF blog recently featured an in-depth review of the evolution, development, and objectives of the Pipeline Grants Competition, including interviews with key figures in the development of the initiative and members of the advisory committee.

Click here to read an in-depth overview of the Pipeline Grants evolution and objectives.


Upcoming Deadline for Pipeline Grants Competition

RSF’s Pipeline Grants Competition for early- and mid-career researchers seeks to promote racial, ethnic, gender, disciplinary, institutional, and geographic diversity in the social sciences. Only researchers who have not previously received a trustee or presidential research grant or fellowship from RSF are eligible to apply. Full eligibility and program guidelines are available here. The proposal deadline is November 4, 2020, for funding starting in Summer 2021.

Read the full Request for Proposals here.


Funding Priorities for RSF’s November 11th Deadline for Letters of Inquiry

For its November 11, 2020, deadline for letters of inquiry, RSF returns to accepting LOI’s under these core programs and special initiatives: Future of Work; Immigration and Immigrant Integration; Race, Ethnicity and Immigration; Social, Political and Economic Inequality. RSF will also accept letters of inquiry relevant to any of RSF’s core programs that address at least one of the following issues:

  1. Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions. Our priorities do not include analyses of health outcomes or health behaviors.
  2. Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment.

All LOIs must include detailed information about the proposed data and research design. Successful proposals from this round can start on or after July 1, 2021. If you are unsure about RSF’s expectations, we strongly recommend that you review the grant writing guidelines on our website and consider watching a recent grant writing webinar led by our program staff.

For more information about the application process, please click here.


RSF Journal Calls for Articles

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is seeking article submissions for two new issues. “The Social and Political Impact of COVID-19 in the United States,” edited by Beth Redbird (Northwestern University),  Laurel Hardbridge-Yong (Northwestern University), and Rachel Davis-Mersey (University of Texas, Austin), seeks to understand the social and political factors that shape the response to the pandemic, and how the pandemic may alter subsequent political and social dynamics for individuals, groups, communities, and institutions. Proposals are due by November 3, 2020. Read the full call for articles here.

The second issue, “Suburban Inequality in the United States,” edited by R. L’Heureux Lewis-McCoy (New York University), Stephen A. Matthews (Penn State University), and Natasha Warikoo (Tufts University), seeks to develop a deeper understanding of how suburban inequality is both distinct from and similar to urban inequality. Proposals due by December 7, 2020Read the full call for articles here.


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