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Contact:  Mary E. Curtis



For immediate release



May 1, 2019, New Brunswick, NJ –The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has selected twenty-five scholars to receive grants for research in the social sciences for the 2018 award year. Those receiving awards, their research topics, and the institutions with which they are affiliated are listed at the end of this announcement.


“Last year was a banner year for the foundation,” said Chairman, Mary E. Curtis. “We saw an 83% increase in the number of applications over the previous year and our applicants represented 84 nationalities and 54 countries. This expanded reach is allowing us to identify and financially support the next generation of intellectual leaders--those who are likely to fuel understanding and innovative policy directions.”


About the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy was established in 1997 by Irving Louis Horowitz and Mary E. Curtis as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Its general purpose is to support the advancement of research and understanding in the major fields of the social sciences. Its specific purpose is to provide small grants to aspiring PhD students at the dissertation level to support the research they are undertaking for their project. Grants are awarded solely on the Trustees’ assessment of the merit of the project. All awards are to individuals, and not institutions. Applicants need not be US citizens or based in the United States.

Since inception, the foundation has awarded grants to 250 scholars from over 100 different universities around the world. An increasing number of applications cross traditional disciplinary boundaries, which speaks to the importance of policy studies in the academic world and beyond.

Applications for 2019 Awards

Award applications for next year open July 1, 2019 and all application materials must be received by December 1, 2019. Applicants are encouraged to begin their application online as early as possible. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Award winners for 2019 will be announced on or before June 1, 2020.


Additional information, including a list of previous recipients, is available on the Horowitz Foundation website.

2018 Horowitz Foundation Award Winners

(Alphabetical order)


Marc Aidinoff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology       John L. Stanley Award

Access: A Social History of Internet Policy along the Mississippi, Charles, and Potomac Rivers, 1984 to 2004


Mir Ali, Indiana University Bloomington

Citizen Oversight of Police: Impact on Racial Disparities in Policing Outcomes, the 'Ferguson Effect', and Reasons for Creation


Joseph Avery, Princeton University

When Your Own Team is against You: Racial Bias in Criminal Defense


Neil Bennett, University of California, Irvine

Establishment-Level ICE Raids: Causes and Consequences


Bridget Brew, Cornell University

Control During Confinement: Racial Disparities in Discipline and Resource Allocation in Penal Institutions


Carmen Brick, University of California, Berkeley

State Earned Income Tax Credits: Addressing Poverty and Inequality through State Tax Systems


Elizabeth Cliff, University of Michigan

The Impact of Patient Cost Sharing on Medical Service Use and Price


Caislin Firth, University of Washington

Unexpected Consequences of Marijuana Legalization on Youth                


Carrie Fry, Harvard University       Donald R. Cressey Award 

Waging a Public Health War: The Criminal Justice System’s Impact on the Opioid Epidemic


Carlos Ignacio Gutierrez, Pardee RAND Graduate School       Martinus Nijhoff Award 

The Governance of Artificial Intelligence


Christal Hamilton, University of Missouri, Columbia       Irving Louis Horowitz Award 

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid Expansion on Low-Income Young Adults


Katrina Hauschildt, University of Michigan

Whose Good Death? Understanding Inequality and the End of Life


Chris Herring, University of California, Berkeley

Punishing the Poorest: How the Criminalization of Homelessness Perpetuates Poverty


Emma Mishel, New York University

Judging Lesbian Job Candidates: An Intersectional Analysis of Employer Behavior towards Lesbians in the US Labor Force


Tareena Musaddiq, Georgia State University

Women as Catalysts for Human Development: Evidence from Pakistan


D. Adam Nicholson, Indiana University       Robert K. Merton Award Causes and Consequences of Poverty in US States: Examining Prevalence and Penalties, 1993-2015


Emily Parker, Cornell University

Health without Wealth: The Social Role and Spatial Context of the Community Health Center Program


Ankit Rastogi, University of Wisconsin, Madison

The Multiethnic Suburb: New Ground for Racial Residential Integration in the United States


Rebecca Sachs, Harvard University       Eli Ginzberg Award

Safety Net Cutbacks and Private Hospital Service Provision: Evidence from Psychiatric Care


Rocio Sanchez-Moyano, University of California, Berkeley

Tenure and Location Choice among Hispanic Households


Paul Shafer, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Effect of the Affordable Care Act on Utilization of Emergency and Primary Care


David Showalter, University of California, Berkeley

Getting Well: Using, Selling, and Quitting Opioids in California


Hillary Smith, Duke University

Is Policy Implementation Lost In Translation? Taking the Global Small-Scale Fisheries Policy to Scale In Tanzania


Meicen Sun, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

A Double-Edged Bytesaber: The Heterogeneous Effect of Internet control on National Competitiveness


Sanne Verschuren, Brown University       Harold D. Lasswell Award

Imagining the Unimaginable: War, Weapons, and Procurement Politics

Mary E. Curtis, Chairman

Irving Louis Horowitz, Chairman Emeritus

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Rocky Hill, New Jersey, 08553-0007

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