Russell Sage Foundation - Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Awarded to Emerging Scholars

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Russell Sage Foundation - Gates Foundation Pipeline Grants Awarded to Emerging Scholars

The Russell Sage Foundation, in partnership with the Economic Mobility and Opportunity program at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is pleased to announce twenty-one awards made in the second round of their Pipeline Grants Competition.  Together, these research projects by emerging scholars represent a wide range of innovative research on economic mobility and access to opportunity in the United States. The RSF-Gates Pipeline Grants initiative is designed 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.

Following is the list of grant recipients with links to brief descriptions of their research projects.

Abhay Aneja (University of California, Berkeley) and Guo Xu (University of California, Berkeley)will study the impact of workplace racial segregation by analyzing the effects of President Woodrow Wilson’s 1913 directive segregating federal government workers by race.

Yaa Akosa Antwi (Johns Hopkins University) will evaluate the effect of Medicaid eligibility in childhood on criminal behavior in adulthood using changes in Medicaid eligibility rules in the 1980s and 1990s.

Noli Brazil (University of California, Davis) will examine the extent to which public school closures due to the economic effects of the COVID pandemic occur primarily in minority neighborhoods.

Brielle Bryan (Rice University) will study the extent to which people with felony convictions face discrimination in the rental housing market.


Stephanie Canizales (University of California, Merced) will study unaccompanied Central American and Mexican immigrant youth's ties to their families at home and how they shape youth's financial stability.

Laura Cuesta (Rutgers University, New Brunswick) and Alejandra Ros Pilarz (University of Wisconsin) will study how regularity in child support receipt has changed over the past twenty years and the extent to which regularity affects custodial mothers’ employment and economic well-being.

Daysi Diaz-Strong (University of Illinois, Chicago) will examine the role of high school teachers, counselors, and social workers in providing financial aid resources for undocumented youth.

Angela Dixon (Emory University) will investigate the ripple or “spillover” effects of Black–White disparities in mortality and the intergenerational consequences for survivors’ wellbeing.

Linsey Edwards (New York University) will examine the prevalence, causes, and consequences of zero and near-zero work hour schedules as a form of job precarity.


Rachel Ellis (University of Maryland College Park) will study women on probation to examine the unequal impacts of state surveillance, with special attention to the role of gender and motherhood.

Laura Enriquez (University of California, Irvine) will examine how undocumented status creates legal vulnerability that can compromise Latinx children of immigrants’ potential for upward mobility.

Brittany Fox-Williams (CUNY Lehman College) will study the racial dynamics of trust in student-educator relationships in New York City high schools and ways to foster trusting school climates for Black youth.

Emily Frazier (Northwest Missouri State University) will study refugee integration in the Midwest following Trump-era admission cuts and policy changes to the refugee resettlement system.

Yana Kucheva (CUNY, City College) and Norma Fuentes-Mayorga (CUNY, City College) will study mixed-status Latino families to examine how the social safety net contributed to new inequalities during the pandemic.

Analisa Packham (Vanderbilt University) and David Slusky (University of Kansas) will study the extent to which removing Medicaid application barriers for released inmates affects health care take-up, recidivism, and occupational trajectories.

Christian Phillips (University of Southern California) will analyze the influence of ethnicity, gender, and economic roles of Filipina American essential workers on their political incorporation.

Aradhya Sood, (University of Toronto) and Milena Almagro (University of Chicago) will study the extent to which racially restrictive housing covenants contributed to segregation, the racial wealth gap, and unequal access to neighborhood amenities.

George Spencer (University of Georgia) will study the extent to which losing financial aid affects student mobility and degree completion and the potential consequences of retention requirements for merit-based grant programs.

Casey Stockstill (University of Denver) will study teacher stress, COVID workload changes, and “play-based learning” execution in sixty Denver preschools with varied race/class compositions.

Courtney Thomas Tobin (University of California, Los Angeles) will investigate the psychosocial consequences of social mobility among Black Americans and how it affects their well-being.

Diane Wong (Rutgers University, Newark) will examine the political response of residents in Manhattan’s Chinatown to evictions, landlord harassment, cultural erasure, and other forms of dispossession.

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