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Cathy Cohen and Jason Furman Join RSF Board of Trustees

The Russell Sage Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Cathy J. Cohen and Jason Furman to its board of trustees. Cohen is the David and Mary Winton Green Professor at the University of Chicago and a contributor to the RSF book Social Capital and Poor Communities (2005). She is also the author of Democracy Remixed: Black Youth and the Future of American Politics (2012) and The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics (1999). Furman is Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a nonresident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics. During the administration of President Obama, he served first as Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council and then as the Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers.

Read the full announcement.

Fall 2018 Presidential Authority Grants

The Russell Sage Foundation has approved eleven new Presidential Authority grants in the Future of Work and Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration programs, and special initiatives on Immigration and Immigrant Integration and Integrating Biology and Social Science Knowledge. It also approved a grant for a conference and upcoming issue of RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences and supplemental funding for two ongoing projects.

View the full list of new grants.

Deadline Reminder: Future of Work; Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration; Behavioral Economics; and Special Initiatives on Non-Standard Employment and Immigration and Immigrant Integration

RSF is accepting letters of inquiry until November 30, 2018 at 2pm ET/11am PT in the Future of Work, Race, Ethnicity and Immigration, and Behavioral Economics programs, as well as the special initiatives on Non-Standard Employment, Immigration and Immigrant Integration, and Computational Social Science (CSS).

View all funding deadlines and application guidelines.

RSF Summer Institutes 2019

RSF will offer several summer institutes for doctoral students and early-career scholars in 2019. These intensive, one-to-two-week institutes will include the Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, co-sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation; and the Summer Institute in Social Science Genomics and the Summer Institute on Biological Approaches in the Social Sciences, both co-sponsored by the JPB Foundation and the Summer Institute in Migration Research Methods, co-sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation.

Read more and view application guidelines and deadlines.

RSF Journal Request for Articles on the Effects of the Affordable Care Act

RSF: The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences is accepting article proposals for an upcoming issue, edited by Andrea Campbell (MIT) and Lara Shore-Sheppard (Williams College), that will examine the social, political, and economic effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in its first decade. Connections between states and the federal government, between governments and health care providers, between governments and individuals, and between individuals and firms were all altered by the ACA. RSF is interested in research that explores the extent to which these changes contributed to major societal changes beyond the extension of health insurance coverage. The deadline for proposals is December 7, 2018.

Read more and submit a proposal.

RSF Grantee Daniel Schneider Awarded Tobin Project Research Prize

RSF grantee Daniel Schneider (University of California, Berkeley) and Orestes Hastings (Colorado State University) have been awarded the 2018 Prize for Exemplary Work on Inequality and Decision Making from the Tobin Project for their study, “Income Inequality and Class Divides in Parental Investments,” which was supported by the Russell Sage Foundation. Schneider and Hastings show that between 1980 and 2014, as inequality increased, so did gaps in parents’ investments in children by household income. 

Read the full paper.

RSF Authors and Grantees in the News

RSF author and grantee Lawrence Jacobs (University of Minnesota) spoke to the New York Times about the results of the recent midterm elections in the Midwest, where Democrats flipped several House seats but failed to make gains in the Senate. In another article on the midterms for the Times, visiting scholar Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Columbia University) and coauthors discussed their research that shows “that congressional aides are wildly inaccurate in their perceptions of their constituents’ opinions and preferences.”

Other recent media appearances by RSF authors and grantees include an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times by visiting journalist Rich Benjamin regarding how Trump has changed norms of whiteness; an op-ed in the Washington Post by former visiting scholar Richard Wilson (University of Connecticut) on whether Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric legally qualifies as incitement to violence; a New York Times article citing grantees David Autor (MIT) and David Dorn (University of Zurich) on the persistence of low wages despite low unemployment; and an op-ed in Education Week by author Ajay Chaudry and author and trustee Hirokazu Yoshikawa (New York University) on how the Trump administration’s recent "public charge" rule would affect immigrant children.

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