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  • The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

    The Horowitz Foundation supports policy research by emerging scholars whose work addresses contemporary issues in the social sciences. The Horowitz Foundation was established in 1997 and its first grants were issued in 1999. Since then it has made 382 awards to students at institutions around the world. About us 2024 Award Recipients 1/1 Join to receive email updates on awards! 2024 Awards Announced For applications submitted in December 2023 Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy See us at APPAM this Fall See us at APPAM this Fall

  • 2024 | horowitz-foundation

    2024 Grant Recipien ts For Applications receive d in 2023 Martina Beretta The "Great Gatsby Curve" in Europe: Is There a (Inverse) Relationship between Inequality and Social Mobility? Since the 1970s, rising inequality has constrained economic growth. The Great Gatsby Curve highlights the social dimension of this problem, linking inequality to mobility (i.e., shifts in individuals’ socioeconomic positions across generations). My project assesses this link’s strength and explores the potential mechanisms underpinning it in a novel way. Alexander Borsa Financializing Fertility: Private Equity and the Management of Reproduction My dissertation project examines the increasing ownership and consolidation of US fertility practices by private equity (PE) firms. By combining a novel dataset of all PE-owned practices with qualitative interviews, my work contributes to ongoing policy debates and scholarly inquiry on the financialization of health and reproduction. Caitlin Cassady Medical Aid in Dying: Physician Beliefs, Practices, and Respect for Autonomy Medical aid in dying (MAiD) policy is evolving and expanding. Removal of residency requirements in some states ostensibly makes MAiD available to all Americans. This project examines extant knowledge gaps such as imbalances between intended safeguards and access, ethical dilemmas with disabled persons, and complexities in forming MAiD best practices. Jakob Dirksen Investigating Multidimensional Well-Being Indices as Evidence-Base to Advance Equitable, Cross-Sectoral Policies I study and develop new policy-oriented metrics of well-being and inequalities across the many domains of life (e.g. income and wealth, health, education, employment, social relations, etc.). I am to contribute to a better evidence-base to inform policies that equitably advance social welfare and reduce disadvantage. Catria Gadwah-Meaden Disabled Veterans' Access to and Use of Safety Net Programs: An Examination in the Context of SNAP This quantitative study has two aims. First, it explores disabled veterans' risk of experiencing material hardship and their broader program participation behaviors. It then turns to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and employs quasi-experimental methods to examine how changes to benefit eligibility differentially impact veteran populations. Priya Gandhi Exploring the Impact of Horizontal Hospital Consolidation in Rural Communities on Equitable Health Care Outcomes ​ Little information exists on how horizontal hospital consolidation (HHC), or mergers and acquisitions, impact rural communities’ access to health care. This dissertation explores such impacts by leveraging mixed methods and community engagement, enabling rural communities to design responsive policies to help inform more equitable future HHC events. Kim Gannon The Criminal-Legal, Health, and Racial Implications of Drug-Induced Homicide (DIH) Laws Despite recognition of the inefficacy and racial inequity of policies in the “War on Drugs” era, drug-induced homicide (DIH) laws are increasing in popularity among states. I will examine how these laws affect criminal-legal and 911 utilization disparities, and whether racial stereotypes of “drug dealers” impact DIH laws’ public support. Katherine Ianni The Value of Nonmedical Benefits Delivered Through Private Health Insurers in the Medicare Advantage Program Evaluating the value of nonmedical health insurance benefits is critical for understanding how to address healthcare access barriers. My project fills a research gap by assessing the impact of nonmedical supplemental benefit provision in the Medicare Advantage program using quasi-experimental methods. By leveraging an exogenous policy shock, I evaluate the effect of non-emergency medical transportation provision on care utilization and other measures of access. Garima Jain “Salt in the Wound” or Disaster Resilience: Aquaculture Land Transitions in Coastal India Aquaculture is the fastest-growing food production sector viewed as a big opportunity for addressing food insecurity. I aim to explain the historical geographical patterns of aquaculture land transitions, the factors driving these transitions at a household level, and the consequences of these transitions on people, environment, and places. John Körtner Biased Beliefs, Algorithms, and Street-Level Decision-Making ​ In my project, I aim to better understand the role of bureaucrats’ beliefs within social policy. I examine how caseworkers treat unemployment benefit claimants based on beliefs of employability. In addition, I study how caseworkers update their beliefs and change their behavior in response to information from predictive algorithms. Bethany Kotlar When the Village is Threatened: the Effects of Maternal Incarceration During Pregnancy and Early Childhood on Family Wellbeing Approximately 4% of women enter incarceration pregnant. Prenatal exposure to incarceration may harm children through suboptimal carceral conditions and early disrupted attachment. No studies have prospectively assessed the wellbeing of these children. The purpose of this project is to fill this research gap to inform policies that support child development. Jonathan Lamb "Inclusive and Sustainable Cities: Policy and Well-Being under Incremental, Evolutionary, and Transformational Change" ​ Trustee's Award In three papers, this project explores dynamics between economic, environmental, and social aspects of urban well-being and their implications for planning at different scales: how households value different types of urban amenities, the holistic effects of greenspace subsidies and a land value tax as “bottom-up” strategies, and a proposal for computational backcasting to support long-range planning. Alexander Mikulas Trends in Housing Market Racial Integration and the Foreclosure Crisis: A Space-Time Analysis ​ This project examines changing patterns of US racial residential integration for the years before and after the US foreclosure crisis. Little is known about what role concentrated foreclosure played in marking certain neighborhoods for subsequent racial change. This project estimates and analyzes novel data to answer this difficult question. Spencer Mueller Wobbler Prosecution: How Charging Decisions Impact Criminal Justice Outcomes We develop a causal framework to assess the effect of filing charges on defendants' subsequent justice system involvement. For the marginal defendant, a less severe filing decision leads to a significant reduction in recidivism likelihood. The estimated effects are greatest for defendants without a prior criminal record. Shelby O'Neill Bury Me with My People: Migration from a Mexican Village This project tells the story of migration from a village in rural central Mexico—how the village has been shaped by departure, and how departure has been shaped by US immigration policy. It follows migrants, some with temporary work authorization, some undocumented, as they divide their lives between two countries. Helena Pedroti Optimal Low Income Housing Policy ​ Irving Louis Horowitz Award ​ I seek to answer how building social housing in middle- and high-income municipalities affects residential sorting, housing prices, and market-rate construction and the implications for policy design. Housing policymakers seem to prefer to provide incentives to communities rather than mandating construction but allowing choice could undermine attempts to decrease segregation. Katherine Richard Penalties in the Safety Net: Effects of Work Requirement Enforcement on Earnings and Benefits U.S. cash assistance penalizes participants who violate work requirements by removing benefit income for periods of time. I use administrative data covering all Michigan cash assistance participants to study how earnings and benefits evolve surrounding a violation of work requirements and quantify effects of increasing penalty duration on economic security. Katharine Sadowski The Evolution of the Early Childcare Market: Historic Trends and the Effect of Minimum Wage Changes on Access to Quality Care I examine how the early childcare workforce and local childcare access has evolved over the past thirty years and contribute the first causal estimates of how minimum wage increases impact access to quality childcare. My goal is to inform current state and national policy debates around increasing childcare worker compensation. Hilton Simmet ​ From Justice to Just Science: The Politics of Inequality Research in the US, France, and India Hilton's research comparatively examines the relationship between political theory and public policy, with a particular focus on how different social science research paradigms seek to address inequality and reflect underlying ideas of political order--of social justice and the welfare state--in France, India and the US. Genevieve Smith Assessing Alternative Lending Tools Using Machine Learning on Financial Inclusion & Gender Equity ​ AI tools using machine learning (ML) to assess creditworthiness are proliferating in low- and middle-income countries, promising financial inclusion and economic growth. My research explores if and how ML-based credit assessment impacts financial inclusion and gender equity through a mixed methods approach utilizing interviews, computational social science, and survey data.

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  • Press Release - 2019 Grant Awards

    PRESS RELEASE Contact: Mary Curtis Horowitz 732-445-2280 For immediate release ​ ​ HOROWITZ FOUNDATION AWARDS GRANTS TO 25 SCHOLARS FOR SOCIAL POLICY RESEARCH July 1, 2020, 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 2019 award year. Those receiving awards, their research topics, and the institutions with which they are affiliated are listed at the end of this announcement. “This year we received 965 applications, the largest number in our history,” said Mary E. Curtis. “The twenty-five applicants who are receiving awards this year represent less than 3 percent of those who applied. The Trustees consider their work on topics of social and political importance to be vibrant examples of how policy research can help us address the challenges of today’s complex society.” About the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Established in 1998, the Horowitz Foundation now approves approximately twenty-five grants each year. Awards are for $7,500; proposals in certain targeted areas receive additional amounts. In addition, the Irving Louis Horowitz Award is given to the overall most outstanding project proposal, and the Trustee’s Award is given to the project proposal that is deemed most innovative in theory and/or methodology. Awards are granted for policy-related research in all major areas of the social sciences. Only doctoral students whose dissertation proposals have been approved by their committees are eligible to apply. Awards are approved solely on merit, and are not allocated so as to ensure a representative base of disciplines. Research grants are open to researchers in all social science disciplines. Projects must deal with contemporary issues in the social sciences, particularly issues of policy relevance. Applicants need not be citizens of the United States, and grants are not restricted to U.S. residents. . Applications for 2020 Awards The Foundation will begin accepting applications for 2020 awards later this month. The deadline for receipt of all materials for proposals for the year 2020 is December 1, 2020. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Awards for 2020 will be announced in June, 2021. Additional information, including a list of previous recipients, is available on the Horowitz Foundation website . ​ 2019 Horowitz Foundation Award Winners (Alphabetical order) David J. Amaral, University of California, Santa Cruz Threatening Local Democracy: the political consequences of urban violence Michele Cadigan, University of Washington Cannabis-Infused Dreams: A Market at the Crossroads between Criminal and Conventional Christina Nefeli Caramanis, The University of Texas at Austin Income, Policy, and Stable Center-Based Childcare: Towards Reducing the Achievement Gap Andreas de Barros, Harvard University Martinus Nijhoff Award Establishment-Level ICE Raids: Causes and Consequences Daniel Driscoll, University of California San Diego A Comparative Analysis of Carbon Price Enactment Benjamin Elbers, Columbia University John L. Stanley Award Understanding changing racial school segregation in the U.S. Natalia Emanuel, Harvard University Smudges: Criminal Records and Employment in the US Michael Evangelist, University of Michigan Crime and Punishment in the Welfare State: How Political, Economic, and Social Factors Condition the Administration of Penalties for Program Violations Shannon Malone Gonzalez, The University of Texas at Austin In Her Place: Black Women Redefining and Resisting Police Violence Hunter Johnson, Claremont Graduate University Does the Presence of Female and Minority Police Reduce the Use of Force? Navin Kumar, Yale University Social interactions and treatment outcomes from medication assisted treatment in opioid addiction Joe LaBriola, University of California, Berkeley Local Housing Policy and Wealth Inequality Sadé Lindsay, The Ohio State University Effects of Contradictory Signals on Post-Prison Labor Market Outcomes Tim McDonald, Pardee RAND Graduate School Developing and Testing a Consumer-Driven Approach to Changing Incentives in American Healthcare Molly Merrill-Francis, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health The Impact of State Minimum Wage Laws on Fatal Occupational Injury Brittany Paige Mihalec-Adkins, Purdue University Explaining Variation in Legal Outcomes and Well-Being Trajectories for Child Welfare-Involved Families in the Era of the Adoption and Safe Families Act Stephanie Casey Pierce, The Ohio State University Locked Out and Locked Up? Investigating the Relationship Between Eviction and Incarceration Daniel Prinz, Harvard University Robert K. Merton Award The Multiethnic Suburb: New Ground for Racial Residential Integration in the United States Owen Schochet, Georgetown University Unpacking the causal effects of two-generation early intervention services on the outcomes of low-income children and their families Jessica C. Smith, Virginia Commonwealth University Assessing School Safety in the Age of Threat Assessment: A Policy Study Noémie Sportiche, Harvard University Eli Ginzberg Award Does Economic Growth Benefit All? The Health Consequences of Being Poor in a Booming City Economy Arielle W. Tolman, Northwestern University Donald R. Cressey Award Criminal Prosecution of Prisoners with Mental Illness Matthew Unrath, University of California, Berkeley Trustees’ Award Can Nudges Increase Take-up of the Earned Income Tax Credit?: Evidence from Multiple Field Experiments Fabricio Vasselai, University of Michigan Irving Louis Howard Award and Joshua Feigenbaum Award Elections in the AI era: using Machine Learning and Multi-Agent Systems to detect and study menaces to election integrity Chagai M. Weiss, University of Wisconsin – Madison Reducing Prejudice through State Institutions Mary Curtis Horowitz, Chairman Irving Louis Horowitz, Chairman Emeritus Post Office Box 7 Rocky Hill, New Jersey, 08553-0007

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  • 1999 | horowitz-foundation

    All Previous Recipients 1999 GRANT RECIPIENTS For Applications Received in 1998 Recovering the Political Constitution: Changing Regimes of Nonjudicial Interpretation Bruce G. Peabody University of Texas, Austin ​ ​ Retrenchment vs. Maintenance: The Politics of Welfare State Reform in Chile and Uruguay Rossana Castiglioni University of Notre Dame Boxed In: The United States Multiracial Movement Kim Michelle Williams Cornell University The New Politics of Affirmative Action: Reforming Admissions Policies in Public Universities Daniel N. Lipson University of Wisconsin Selfish Altruism or Shared Compact: Mechanisms to Promote Developing Nation Participation in Environmental Agreements Mark Antonin Drumble Columbia University ​

  • 2023 | horowitz-foundation

    2023 Grant Recipien ts For Applications receive d in 2022 Lauren Beard The Transition Shock: Emancipating into State-Defined Adulthood Robert K. Merton Award ​ Lauren Beard is a Sociology PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago. She utilizes mixed methods to study how youth and young adults navigate their wellbeing across social institutions spanning child welfare, education, and more. Lauren also founded the University of Chicago’s first-generation, low-income (FGLI) graduate student network and mentors FGLI and LGBT young adults. Lastly, she is committed to communicating complex social topics to broad audiences through her work as a Research Fellow for NPR’s Invisibilia, Graduate Fellow at the Smart Museum of Art, and contributor to the South Side Weekly. Almost four million referrals were made to the U.S. child welfare (CW) system in 2021, and the number of children who aged out of CW was over 20,000. Youth who “age out” are discharged from care, meaning that they reached the formal age limit of the system (typically 21 years old) before they were stably placed in a long-term home. Youth aging out often experience housing insecurity, psychiatric crises, and more, yet also commonly disengage from available supports during this process. To address why youth disengage, this study utilizes longitudinal interviews with Chicago-based youth – in coordination with national administrative data and interviews with staff – to better understand this so-called "transition cliff." Its resultant theoretical and empirical insights further identify how policy frameworks shape youth wellbeing during their exit from the child social safety net and entrance into adulthood. Deepon Bhaumik The Impact of Privatizing Long-Term Services and Supports Deepon Bhaumik is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Yale University. His research interests are in long-term care and aging, with a specific focus on the different delivery models used by public insurance programs to expand access to and utilization of LTSS. The need for Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) is increasing significantly for various demographic groups, across all ages. In recent years, the number of states contracting out the delivery of LTSS to private managed care organizations has risen drastically. Deepon's dissertation project will study if the decision of States to privatize LTSS through managed care, is an effective way to reduce fiscal spending, expand LTSS access, and ultimately patch our fractured healthcare system. Kieran Blaikie Redistributive Policies for Health Equity: Examining How State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Programs Modify Intersectional Inequities in Mental Health Kieran Blaikie is a PhD candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. His research aims to demonstrate the importance of state and federal policy in creating, maintaining, and dismantling social inequities in health, with a particular focus on redistributive policies, mental health, and intersectionality Historical social policies affecting taxation and social assistance bear a large responsibility for producing the inequitable distribution of health and resources we see in the US today. Through three interconnected projects, Kieran aims to examine whether State Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) policies modify intersectional inequities in mental health, and how State EITC policies could be adapted to do so more effectively. Using existing secondary data and novel empirical methods, Kieran aims to: 1) document how intersectional inequities in mental health have varied over recent decades nationally and across State EITC policy contexts; 2) causally evaluate whether State EITC policies have modified social health inequities to-date; and 3) conduct a number of simulation-based policy evaluations examining how adaptations to State EITC program availability, eligibility, and generosity criteria might reshape current intersectional inequities in mental health. Jason Buxbaum An All-Payer Study of the Impact of COVID-19 Relief Funds on Hospitals, Patients, and Disparities Jason Buxbaum is a PhD candidate in Harvard University's health policy program. His research focuses on the long-term affordability of acute care. Prior to entering the PhD program, Jason worked at the National Academy for State Health Policy, the Michigan Public Health Institute, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Jason received his BA from Bates College and MHSA from the University of Michigan. Surges in COVID-19 throughout 2020 and early 2021 triggered severe shortages of hospital staff, inpatient beds, ventilators, and essential protective equipment. Patients of minority-serving institutions tended to fare worst amid the chaos. Congress responded with $178 billion in emergency funding for hospitals and other healthcare providers. Little is known about the impact of this funding on hospitals, patients, and disparities. This project will use all-payer administrative data to evaluate the impact of resource infusions by leveraging “all-ornothing” cut-offs used in the allocation of relief. Kacie Dragan Health shocks and housing instability among urban Medicaid enr ollees Eli Ginberg Award Kacie Dragan is a doctoral candidate in the Harvard University PhD Program in Health Policy. She draws on theories and methods from both economics and epidemiology to study how health systems interact with the broader social safety net to influence well-being. Her current research focuses specifically on policies in the housing and child/family services sectors, with an emphasis on low-income populations enrolled in Medicaid and on children with chronic diseases. The housing-health relationship is thought to be bidirectional, yet little research examines impacts of negative health events on housing stability, despite a growing qualitative literature documenting this phenomenon. To fill this gap, Kacie's project leverages high-frequency data to estimate to what degree—and for whom—health shocks can trigger housing issues. This research will empirically quantify breaks in housing trends following major health events among Medicaid enrollees and will examine effect heterogeneity: Is health-induced housing instability more persistent for some health conditions? Are some providers, like those providing higher-quality medical care or with robust partnerships with social services, able to blunt the impact? What role does access to subsidized housing play in this relationship? Health systems nationwide are rapidly launching housing support initiatives for patients, generating demand for research identifying who is uniquely vulnerable to residential instability—and policy factors that can modify risk. Allison Dunatchik National Family Policies and Gender Gaps in Unemployment Outcomes: A 21 Country Study Allison Dunatchik is a joint PhD Candidate in Sociology and Demography at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include gender, work and family, with a particular focus on how social policies affect gender inequalities inside and outside of the household. Her current research explores how gender inequality is produced and reproduced within different-sex couples in a context of changing gender norms and changing patterns in family demography across high-income countries. ​ ​ Emerging evidence shows that unemployment experiences among men and women in different-sex couples are starkly gendered. While husbands’ unemployment is often treated as a family emergency, with substantial family resources redirected to facilitate their job search, wives’ unemployment is treated as less urgent. These dynamics may have important implications for gender inequalities in unemployment outcomes, such as the duration of unemployment spells and the quality of job match upon re-employment. However, little research has examined these potential gender gaps. In “National Family Policies and Gender Gaps in Unemployment Outcomes: A 21-Country Study,” Dunatchik uses largescale longitudinal data from 21 countries in Europe and the U.S. to analyze differences in unemployment outcomes between men and women and tests whether work-family policies mitigate these inequalities. Amid continued concern among economists of an impending recession, this study aims to provide timely evidence on the extent to which work-family policies can alleviate gender inequalities in unemployment outcomes, facilitate women’s re-employment and help reduce the long-term impact of unemployment on gender inequality at work and at home. Callie Freitag What precedes poverty in later life? : Three studies on later-life employment and poverty transitions in the 21st century United States Callie Freitag is a mixed-methods policy researcher and demographer. Her work focuses on anti-poverty and income support policies for older adults and people with disabilities. Before she began work on her Ph.D., Callie spent three years as policy analyst in Sacramento, California, most recently for the County Welfare Directors Association of California (CWDA). At CWDA, Callie led the advocacy efforts to establish Home Safe, a grant program to prevent homelessness among older adults who have experienced abuse and neglect. Prior to her advocacy role, she worked at the nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office in California and in the budget office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. Callie's dissertation explores why poverty persists among older adults in the United States despite social insurance programs like Social Security and Medicare. The first chapter uses Current Population Survey data to find that adults over 50 who exit the labor force for any reason are significantly more likely to enter poverty that year. The second chapter uses nationally representative qualitative interview data from the American Voices Project to explore older adults' experiences of poverty and material hardship, the life events that lead to these experiences, and the strategies older adults use to make ends meet. The third chapter examines the consequences of disability determination age rules for the Supplemental Security Income program Robert French Gentrification or Neighborhood Revitalization? The Welfare Impacts of Neighborhood Change on Incumbent Residents Robert French is a PhD candidate in Public Policy at Harvard University, where he studies urban economics. His research combines administrative data and economic theory to examine the impacts of neighborhood change and urban policies on low-income residents. Previously, Robert earned his BA and MA in economics from the University of Toronto. In recent decades, countless American central city neighborhoods have been transformed through gentrification, a process characterized by rapid changes in the socioeconomic composition of once-low-income neighborhoods. In this project, Robert combines rich administrative data with economic theory to examine how the transformation of these inner-city neighborhoods impacted the low-income residents who originally resided there. His analysis shows how the effects of gentrification vary substantially across neighborhoods, residents, and the degree of neighborhood change. Priyanka Goonetilleke The Impact of Race on Perceptions of Attorney Credibility ​ Donalt R. Cressey Award I am a Ph.D. candidate in Economics at the University of Pennsylvania. My research is in Empirical Microeconomics focusing on questions at the intersection of law and economics. My research interests include policing behaviour, illegal drug markets, and the quantitative impact of racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. A growing body of qualitative evidence suggests that bias against minority attorneys causes judges to discount their arguments. My project quantitatively examines the extent to which such bias may affect case outcomes for the clients of minority attorneys. Using data from MiamiDade county first appearance hearings, I exploit the double randomisation of cases to public defenders and cases to judges to identify the causal effect of racial bias against attorneys. Solhee Han Welfare State Financing and Redistribution and its Impacts on Public Attitudes Joshua Feigenbaum Award Solhee is a PhD student in Social Policy at the University of Oxford. She conducts comparative studies on welfare state financing and redistribution through taxes and transfers and its impacts on public attitudes towards the welfare state. Her areas of interests also include the evaluation of income security and labour policies using quantitative research methods. Her dissertation examines how taxes and transfers jointly affect welfare state redistribution and how it shapes taxpayers’ attitudes towards the welfare state. The project analyses the net tax-benefit balance across income groups and examines the levels and structures of taxes and transfers to explain the redistribution outcome. It further explores how one's net paying or benefiting position besides income affects attitudes towards the welfare state by matching data on taxes, transfers, and attitudes. Youngjin Stephanie Hong The Impact of Cash and Near-Cash Benefits on Infant Health and Child Development: Evidence from Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and Earned Income Tax Credit Youngjin Stephanie Hong is a doctoral candidate at the University of Chicago Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. She studies how public policies influence the wellbeing of families and children’s development among marginalized populations, as well as their implications on poverty and inequality. There has been a growing trend of joint participation in the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). However, most prior research primarily focused on evaluating a single program. Her dissertation first examines the individual effect of the generosity of each program, EITC and SNAP, on infant health (measured as birth weight) and child development at kindergarten-entry. Then, her dissertation examines the interaction effects between two programs on infant health and child development. This interaction effect analysis can reveal whether EITC and SNAP serve as complements (i.e., creating synergistic effects), substitutes, or neither in their effects on those outcomes. Kathleen Hui The Impact of E-cigarette Regulation on Tobacco Consumption, Addiction, and Health Kathleen Hui is a PhD candidate in economics at the University of Pennsylvania. She studies how individuals respond to health policy and the implications for public health. Cigarettes are the leading cause of preventable death, prematurely taking 480,000 lives per year. E-cigarettes (vapes) entered the US market in 2007, and have since generated much controversy, public debate, and regulation. On the one hand, vapes have the potential to reduce health harms from cigarettes when smokers substitute to vaping. On the other hand, youth may begin vaping, and potentially transition to smoking. This project quantifies the impact of vape regulation on cigarette smoking, addiction, and health to provide policy recommendations that protect public health. Jonah Kushner Exploring the Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Workforces: A Mixed Methods Approach Jonah Kushner is a policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and a PhD candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His research interests lie at the intersection of labor economics, post-secondary education, and the future of work. The advent of artificial intelligence (AI) has sparked concerns about task automation and job loss. Meanwhile, some economists have argued that AI could have mixed or even positive effects on labor demand, reallocating labor to new tasks and altering the mix of skills that firms demand from workers. Jonah's dissertation uses nontraditional data sources such as patents and online job postings, as well as qualitative evidence from firms, to explore the effect of AI on firms' demand for labor, skills, and credentials. It will inform the national conversation around AI and help policymakers redesign education, training, and income support programs for the future. Jessica Lapham The Influence of Labor and Employment Conditions on Worker's Health in the United States I am a PhD Candidate in the School of Social Work at the University of Washington. My research focuses on state policy contexts and health inequities among economically disadvantaged groups. Utilizing a health equity lens, my dissertation research examines whether variations in US state preemption of four labor laws is associated with adverse mental health outcomes and health care access for US workers, and whether these outcomes are patterned by gender, race, ethnicity, and insurance. In addition, using biomarkers of cardiovascular (CV) health, I consider whether irregular and nonstandard work schedules, a potential consequence of fair scheduling preemption laws, are getting “under the skin” of workers in young adulthood and early mid-life. Drawing on a “health in all policies” agenda, my work aims to inform targeted policy making and eliminate population health disparities. Kun Lee Social Inequalities of Public Pensions in Aging Welfare States: A Comparative Perspective Kun Lee is a doctoral student in social policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention (DSPI) and a member of Wolfson College at the University of Oxford. Previously, he was a visiting PhD student at Humboldt University of Berlin and the University of Mannheim and worked as a research and administrative officer at Seoul National University. He has been involved in various policy-related projects, including contributing to the Oxford Supertracker Database and writing policy reports for the Ministry of Health and Welfare of South Korea. His research interests broadly encompass how social policies and institutions shape social inequalities in the context of demographic transitions. In his doctoral project, Kun investigates the evolution of inequalities in old-age work and retirement as policies increasingly promote extending working lives through changes in public pensions and labor market systems. He also explores the relationship between lowest-low fertility and the institutions of labor market and family policy in the East Asian context. Methodologically, he combines comparative approaches with advanced quantitative methods. Originally from South Korea, Kun holds a dual BA degree in Social Welfare and Economics with high honors from Seoul National University, as well as an MSc in Comparative Social Policy (Distinction) from the DSPI at the University of Oxford. My dissertation project concerns how rising inequalities among older people can be tackled through reconfigurations of social policies. Three empirical studies in the project investigate why some countries show higher inequalities in work and retirement compared to others, focusing on the role of minimum pensions and flexible retirement schemes. Methodologically, the project combines diverse analytical approaches of micro- and macro-level analysis, including dynamic panel data methods, social sequence analysis, multilevel models, and comparative case studies. In the context of rapid demographic transitions across aging welfare states, the project contributes to providing evidence for policymakers on effective policy designs, such as combinations of minimum pensions and flexible retirement schemes, that can address social inequalities in working-life extensions while also improving the financial sustainability of public pensions. Angela Zorro Medina The Effects of Anti-Gang Laws on Crime and Inequality I am a Ph.D. Candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Chicago and a JSD graduate from Yale Law School, specializing in criminology and social inequality. My research focuses on understanding the impact of criminal legislation on crime, incarceration, and inequality outcomes. I have explored the effect of criminal law in Latin America and the U.S., evaluating the impact of implementing adversarial criminal justice systems on pre-trial detention, crime, conviction rate, and imprisonment rates. In my Ph.D. dissertation, I study the impact of anti-gang legislation in the U.S. on crime, incarceration, expansion of the police force, and inequality. My project conducts a rigorous test of anti-gang laws at the U.S. national-level by examining the effects of six types of anti-gang legislation on ten crime rates, arrest rates, and incarceration rates. I will estimate the impact of passing comprehensive anti-gang acts, anti-gang curfew laws, anti-gang participation laws, anti-gang recruitment laws, anti-gang intimidation laws, and antigang criminal intelligence laws. My project contributes to the public conversation about crime deterrence and criminal justice inequality in two ways. First, my results will evaluate whether an increase in the severity of crime could lead to substitution between offenses to others that involve a lower sentence. Second, my project will be able to identify the most efficient strategy to fight gangviolence with the lowest impact on inequality. This project will contribute to the ongoing public debate around the effectiveness of anti-gang legislation in fighting gangrelated criminal activity. In this project, I test whether the discretion introduced by the anti-gang legislation exacerbates racial inequality through the expansion of social control while offering few benefits in terms of crime. My results will provide policy-makers empirical evidence about the social consequences of enacting laws that may have low efficacy rates and can be detrimental to racial and social groups historically marginalized and targeted by the criminal justice system Matthew Mleczko Convergence: An Analysis of Residential Integration in the 21st Century ​ Irving Louis Horowitz Award Matt Mleczko is a doctoral candidate in Population Studies and Social Policy and a Prize Fellow in the Social Sciences at Princeton University. He primarily studies housing inequality and housing policy, with a particular interest in policies that promote affordable housing and integrated, cohesive communities. Matt is also a graduate student researcher with the Eviction Lab, a consultant with the Fair Share Housing Center, and a former member of the Princeton Affordable Housing Board. In his dissertation, Matt traces the evolution of residential integration in the metropolitan U.S. in the 21st century and highlights the role that zoning and land use policies have played in shaping its trajectory. He focuses on zoning and land use policies in particular given the outsized role they play in shaping the ethnoracial and socioeconomic segregation that characterizes so many U.S. communities. He investigates the potential negative externalities and spillovers of exclusionary zoning by revealing not only its effectiveness as a tool of segregation and exclusion, but also as an aggravator of social inequities in already disadvantaged areas. In addition, he explores the possibility that zoning and land use reform is not only possible, but can lead to sustained and successful integration by assessing the role that historical fair housing litigation played in shaping future zoning and land use policies. Lauren Peterson The Role of State Medicaid Policy Design in Home and Community-Based Services Utilization and Outcomes for Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities ​ Martinus Nijhoff Award Lauren Peterson is a PhD Candidate at the University of Chicago in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy and Practice. She draws on her training and professional experience in public health, public policy, and social work to study how Medicaid policy and care delivery affect service access and utilization for adults with disabilities and chronic health conditions. There is substantial state discretion and variation in Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) policies. Research is critically needed to understand the effects of these policies, particularly for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Peterson’s dissertation research first analyzes administrative documents to develop a unique state Medicaid HCBS policy dataset to empirically describe characteristics of state Medicaid HCBS programs and identify distinct policy trade-offs in Medicaid HCBS program design for adults with I/DD across states, and second, links this dataset to Medicaid claims to investigate the role of state Medicaid HCBS policies and program design patterns in HCBS utilization and outcomes. The long-term goal of this research is to advance our conceptual understanding of state Medicaid HCBS programs and to equip policymakers with guidance on how state Medicaid HCBS programs can be structured to address disparities in HCBS utilization and improve health outcomes for adults with I/DD and other priority populations. Sarah Riley Pretrial Risk Assessments as Organizational Processes I’m an information science PhD candidate at Cornell, where I study municipal algorithmic systems, race/ism, and inequality. My interest in municipal algorithmic systems arose while working at the New York City Department of Education to re-engage out-of-school youth and volunteering for the Dignity in Schools Campaign, a national coalition working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline. I also have a master’s in public policy from the University of California, Berkeley and internship experience with a variety of organizations, including Data 4 Black Lives and Crime Lab New York. ​ ​ I study municipal algorithmic systems, race/ism, and inequality. My dissertation focuses on the administration of pretrial risk assessments in Virginia. I use a mixedmethods approach to understand how human discretion in the pretrial process—particularly on the part of pretrial officers—affects risk scores, pretrial detention decisions, and life outcomes for accused people. Amanda Spishak-Thomas Medicaid Estate Recovery and its Unintended Consequences on Low-Income Families Amanda Spishak-Thomas is a PhD candidate at the Columbia School of Social Work. Her scholarship draws upon her experience as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and inpatient medical social worker, which informs how she understands health policies as wealth policies. Her research agenda centers the role of health insurance as a scaffold for low-income families, focusing on Medicaid, intergenerational wealth, and long-term care. ​ Americans are living longer, but are less likely to have pensions and have lower overall savings, resulting in fewer resources to pay for long-term care. My research examines the impact of Medicaid estate recovery – programs designed to recoup costs associated with Medicaid postmortem – on the financial health of lowincome families. My research seeks to holistically understand the scope of estate recovery using a combination of descriptive methods, causal inference, and the application of a state case study. Given its means-tested nature, most individuals with Medicaid have few assets to begin with. This implies that estate recovery – targeted at those who are poor – may not be the most effective way to recover costs. Evidence in this area is important as Congress addresses the long-term care crisis. ​ Samantha Steimle The Effects of Cash Transfers on Low-Income Families’ Food Insecurity and Psychological Well-Being During the COVID-19 Pandemic Samantha Steimle is a PhD candidate in psychology at Georgetown University, where she also received her MPP. Her research centers on how economic hardships negatively affect the well-being of parents and children and investigates ways we can leverage and improve public policies to address these issues. ​ ​ Research has found that cash assistance is a powerful tool at providing economic and psychological relief for families struggling with food insecurity and its harmful correlates with parent and child well-being. However, what is not yet understood is the best way to deliver this cash to maximize family well-being. This study explores the differential effects of two forms of cash transfers disbursed to families during the COVID-19 pandemic: a one-time, relatively large stimulus check in contrast to a series of smaller, monthly Child Tax Credit payments on families’ food insecurity and psychological well-being. For instance, were stimulus checks associated with greater short-term effects, but lesser long-term effects compared to Child Tax credit payments? Answers to questions like these answered in this dissertation could have profound implications for how we understand the mechanisms behind the effects of cash on families, how policymakers can better target cash policies to the neediest families, and most importantly, how we can best use cash to promote child and parent well-being. Camille Wittesaele Ending intergenerational cycles of disadvantage: A community-based study of children of adolescent mothers Camille holds an MSc in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences from Amsterdam University College. In a distinctly collaborative approach, Camille’s PhD involves support from three leading research institutions (LSHTM, University of Oxford and University of Cape Town). Camille is a doctoral candidate at the LSHTM where her research examines child healthcare service access and engagement among children of adolescent mothers in South Africa. Camille's work has focused on conducting impact-driven maternal, adolescent and child health services research while gaining substantial operational experience. Camille has worked on the design, development and implementation of multiple research projects with the distinct aim of identifying the most effective services for high-risk groups including adolescents and their infant children in HIV/AIDS-affected communities. She also has extensive fieldwork experience in rural and urban settings in South Africa. The project examines engagement to essential child health services among children of adolescent mothers in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Adolescent motherhood remains an intractable challenge in the sub-Saharan Africa. Lower education, stigma and poor access to health services drives poor health and cognitive outcomes for their children. Given the projected growth of this highly vulnerable demographic, improving their engagement in healthcare services is a critical policy challenge. To support evidence-based social policy and health services programming, this research will answer two principal questions: What factors are associated with poor engagement with child health services among children of adolescent mothers? What adaptations can be implemented to ensure that children of adolescent mothers benefit from timely and quality essential health services? This will be achieved through three studies using data from a representative and community-based cohort of children of adolescent mothers in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Liana Woskie Counting Coercion: Female Sterilization & Routinized Rights Violations in Contemporary Healthcare Trustee's Award ​ Liana Woskie is a PhD candidate in the London School of Economics' (LSE) Department of Health Policy and a visiting graduate student at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. She is completing a fellowship year at Brown University's Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, after which she will join the faculty at Tufts. Her research focuses on health system accountability, spanning US health financing, comparative health system performance and reproductive rights. Liana's doctoral work examines the contemporary prevalence coercion in female sterilization care - looking at how we measure un-informed consent, and in turn quantify more routinized rights violations in healthcare. She leverages patient level data to estimate the prevalence of involuntary care and its drivers across India. She also utilizes quasi-experimental methods to identify and assess policy interventions that may reduce it. Amy Yao Food Insecurity and Mental Health among Urban Women, and the Effects of Policy Changes during the Covid-19 Pandemic Amy Yao is a PhD candidate at Boston University School of Social Work. Her research centers on public policy with a focus on program participation, behavioral insights and financial wellbeing among urban women. She completed her BA in Economics at Lehigh University, and holds an MSW from the University of Pennsylvania, concentrating on social policy. Using nationally representative data collected during the pandemic, this dissertation project seeks to evaluate the impact of major policy changes on low-income urban women’s food insecurity and mental health status to provide important program evaluation and policy recommendations. Shira Zilberstein The Making of Ethical AI: Developing Artificial Intelligence Solutions in Healthcare John L. Stanley Award ​ Shira Zilberstein is a PhD candidate in sociology at Harvard University and a Science and Technology Studies Fellow. Her research focuses on cultural sociology, science and technology studies and organizations, as well as qualitative and mixed methods. She is interested in the production, interpretation and evaluation of ideas and the dynamics between hegemonic and counter-hegemonic forms of knowledge in institutional and technical settings. Her dissertation focuses on applied interdisciplinary research collaborations and the ways in which knowledge is put into practice to define and address social problems. In The Making of Ethical AI, Shira analyzes how those involved in creating and incentivizing AI production in healthcare understand the social good and the resultant effects on technical production, processes and practices. Social science research often highlights the effects of AI on society, pointing out the ways in which technologies reshape, enhance and present obstacles for social groups. In the field of AI, the question remains how the organization of scientific and technological production influences the ways in which researchers define social problems, evaluate technological solutions and put knowledge into practice. She focuses on case studies of interdisciplinary research teams creating machine learning solutions for healthcare, as well as efforts to produce resources for and standardize the field such as granting programs, national task forces and data generation projects. Data include interviews, participant observations, and documentary analysis. The research fills critical gaps in understanding how the organization of scientific production shapes the creation, understanding and translation of ideas about the role of technology and the social good from guiding principles and ideas into concrete practices and products, and the ways in which research groups are shaped or constrained by the fields in which they work.

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    PRESS RELEASE Contact: Jennifer Nippins 732-445-2280 For immediate release ​ ​ HOROWITZ FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES THREE NEW BOARD MEMBERS September 12, 2017, New Brunswick, NJ –The Horowitz Foundation announces the appointment of three new members of its Board of Trustees. Joining the Board of Trustees are Wanda J. Blanchett, Francine Conway, and Richard L. Edwards. “All three are leaders in their fields and have distinguished academic careers. Their work is oriented toward real-world policy applications and international awareness, which dovetails nicely with the mission of the foundation,” said Chairman, Mary E. Curtis. “The new trustees are all affiliated with Rutgers University, where the foundation is now located. As we celebrate our twentieth year, we hope that this connection will reinforce our long-standing relationship with the university.” Wanda J. Blanchett is Dean and Distinguished Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Professor Blanchett’s research focuses on educational inequity, including urban teacher preparation; issues of race, class, culture, and gender; students of color in special education; severe disabilities; transition planning; and sexuality in students with disabilities. Francine Conway is Dean and Distinguished Professor in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology at Rutgers University. Professor Conway is a licensed clinical psychologist who has been practicing and teaching for seventeen years. Her scholarly focus is on aging and child psychopathology. Professor Conway’s acclaimed TEDx talk on her research and clinical work with children diagnosed with ADHD has gained a national audience. Richard L. Edwards is Chancellor Emeritus of Rutgers University (2014 to 2017). Prior to his appointment as Chancellor, Dr. Edwards served as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs from 2011 to 2014. He is past president of the National Association of Social Workers and has written extensively on issues related to social work education and nonprofit and public management. ​ 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. ​ Applications for 2017 Awards Award applications are open and all materials are due on December 1, 2017. Applicants are encouraged to apply online as early as possible. Award winners for 2017 will be announced in May 2018. Additional information is available on the Horowitz Foundation website . ​ The full list of board members is below: Irving L. Horowitz (1929–2012), Founding Chairman Rutgers University ​ Mary E. Curtis, Chairman President, Transaction Publishers (1997-2017) ​ Ray C. Rist, Vice Chairman The World Bank ​ David J. Armor George Mason University James T. Bennett George Mason University Wanda J. Blanchett Rutgers University ​ Jonathan D. Breul Georgetown University ​ Francine Conway Rutgers University ​ Richard L. Edwards Rutgers University ​ Pearl Eliadis Law Office of Pearl Eliadis ​ David Listokin Rutgers University J. Christopher Mihm United States Government Accountability Office ​ Rosemary A. Stevens Weill Cornell Medical College ​ James Wright University of Central Florida Mary E. Curtis, Chairman Irving Louis Horowitz, Chairman Emeritus Post Office Box 7 Rocky Hill, New Jersey, 08553-0007

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    All Previous Recipients 2003 GRANT RECIPIENTS For Applications Received in 2002 Paramilitaries and Democracy Sunil DasGupta The Brookings Institution Paxil and Anxiety: Social and Ethical Implications of the New Pharmacology Joseph E. Davis University of Virginia The Democracy of Political Contributions in the American States Kihong Eom University of Kentucky Closing the Gap: Explaining the Content, Heterogeneity and Survival of Minority Health Policy Proposals Drew Halfmann The University of Michigan Overcoming the Shadows of the Past: Interstate Reconciliation after Traumatic Conflicts Yinan He Massachusetts Institute of Technology Mediocracy?: Evolving Media-State Relations in Post-Authoritarian Mexico Sallie L. Hughes The University of Miami Trafficking in Women: Thinking Globally, Researching Locally Galma Jahic Rutgers University Defining the Eligible Public Housing Tenant in New York City Christopher Mele State University of New York at Buffalo Effects of Federalization on Municipal Finance in Russia’s Urban Areas Elizabeth Zeldin New York City Independent Budget Office The Collapse of Party Systems in Western Europe and Latin America Edume Zoco University of Notre Dame

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    All Previous Recipients 2013 GRANT RECIPIENTS For Applications Received in 2012 Constraining Government Regulatory Authority: Transnational Tobacco Companies Usage of Trade Agreements to Undermine Cigarette Package Health Warning Labels Special Recognition: John L. Stanley Award Eric Crosbie University of California – Santa Cruz Department of Politics Election Reform: How has Early Voting Affected Municipal Elections Special Recognition: Robert K. Merton Award Gayle Alberda Wayne State University Department of Political Science A New Baby Boom? The Fertility Effects of the Massachusetts Health Care Reform Special Recognition: Eli Ginzberg Award Maria Apostolova University of Kentucky Department of Economics The Bomber Who Calls Ahead: A Theory of Advance Warnings in Terrorism Special Recognition: Donald R. Cressey Award Joseph Brown Columbia University Transforming Battle: the Social Logic of Remote Warfare Special Recognition: Horowitz Foundation Trustees Special Award and Martinus Niehoff Award Madeleine Elish Columbia University Department of Anthropology Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in the 21st Century: Social Action in the Name of Diagnosis and Disability Compensation Michael Fisher University of California San Francisco Bureaucratized morality, institutional durability: organizationally-mediated idealism and international relationships in the Peace Corps Meghan Kallman Brown University Department of Sociology The Making of an "Ethical Entrepreneur": South Korea's Post-Bankruptcy Rehabilitation Program and Its Implications Special Recognition: John L. Stanley Award Seung-Cheol Lee Columbia University Department of Anthropology The Automation of Compliance: Techno-Legal Regulationa in the U.S. Trucking Industry Karen Levy Princeton University Department of Sociology Pharmeceutical e-Marketing: Illicit Actors and Challenges to Global Patient Safety and Public Health Timothy Mackey University of California Deliberate Indiscretion: Why bureaucratic agencies make and break rules differently Shaun McGirr University of Michigan Department of Political Science The Role of Budget Reconciliation in Reforming Mandatory Spending Programs Molly Reynolds University of Michigan Department of Political Science Pirates, Anarchists, and Terrorists: Transnational Violence and the Changing Boundaries of Soverign Authority Special Recognition: Harold D. Lasswell Award Mark Shirk University of Maryland – College Park Department of Government and Politics Unpacking the ‘Black Box’ of Policymaking among Central Bankers Ayça Zayim University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Sociology

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    All Previous Recipients 2016 GRANT RECIPIENTS For Applications Received in 2015 Lauren Apgar, Indiana University The Economic Incorporation of lmmigrants Across the 50 United States Lauren Apgar is a PhD candidate in sociology at Indiana University. Her research interests center on the fields of immigration, stratification, and political sociology. Her dissertation examines the association between U.S. state immigration laws and immigrants' labor market outcomes. She has coauthored publications in Geoforum and Population Review. Rebecca Ayifah, University of Cape Town Conditional Cash Transfer, Child Labour and Educational Outcomes: Evidence from Ghana Rebecca Nana Yaa Ayifah, is a Phd economics candidate at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research interest include social protection; education; labour and health, with a focus on children and women in developing countries. Prior to starting her doctoral degree Rebecca worked with UNDP and IFPRI. Franziska Boehme, Syracuse University Enabling Justice: State Cooperation with the International Criminal Court Franziska Boehme is a PhD candidate in political science at Syracuse University. Her research focusses on human rights and international organizations. In her dissertation, she analyzes different forms of cooperation between African states and the International Criminal Court. Lindsey Bullinger, Indiana University Paid Family Leave and Infant Health: Evidence From State Programs Special Award: Eli Ginzberg Award Lindsey Bullinger is a PhD candidate at Indiana University researching child, family, health, and anti-poverty policy. Her work examines how public policies affect children and families' health and well-being, especially low-income families. Hebatalla Gowayed, Princeton University Making a New Life: Syrian Refugee Resettlement in the United States and Canada Heba Gowayed is a PhD candidate in sociology at Princeton University studying the short-term adaptation of Syrian refugees who have been resettled in the US, Canada and Italy. Lori Holleran, Palo Alto University & Harvard University A Partnership to Prevent Suicide in Homeless Individuals Lori Holleran is currently obtaining her MPH and PhD, in health policy and clinical psychology, respectively. Her research interests include examination of trauma related behavioral outcomes, specifically risk for suicide. Further, Lori is passionate about initiatives integrating technology with psychosocial treatments to offer more comprehensive and accessible care to vulnerable populations. Arvind Karunakaran, MIT Examining How Big Data and Analytics Shape Coordination and Decision Making in Organizations Special Recognition: Donald R. Cressy Award Arvind Karunakaran is a PhD candidate in management (information technologies and organizational studies) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research examines how and in what ways do innovations in digital technologies and organizational forms create new uncertainties in the workplace, and how they reconfigure coordination, decision making, and organizational accountability. Katrin Katz, Northwestern University Nationalism and Territorial Conflict in an Era of Interdependence: Explaining the Dynamics of Northeast Asia's Island Disputes Special Recognition: Harold D. Lasswell Award Katrin Katz, a doctoral candidate is political science at Northwestern University, previously served in various positions in the U.S. government focused on East Asia. She holds a master's degree in East Asian and international security studies from the Fletcher School and a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Elizabeth Koebele, University of Colorado Boulder Collaborative Water Governance in the Colorado River Basin: Understanding Coalition Dynamics and Processes of Policy Change Elizabeth A. Koebele is a PhD candidate in the environmental studies program at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her research examines how collaborative governance approaches can help improve the sustainability of water resources for a diversity of stakeholders in the Colorado River Basin. Ashley Muchow, Pardee RAND Graduate School Local immigration enforcement: Have local initiatives made us safer or driven us apart? Ashley Muchow is a PhD candidate in policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Her work centers on low-income and vulnerable populations, with a focus on immigration and welfare policy. Her doctoral research explores how local immigration enforcement efforts impact communities and families. Fay Niker, University of Warwick Transformative Nudging: A Framework for Designing Policy Ecologies that Support Living Well Special Recognition: John L. Stanley Award Fay Niker is PhD candidate in political theory at the University of Warwick. Before coming to Warwick, Ms. Niker attained an M.Phil in political theory from the University of Oxford and a BA (Hons) degree in Philosophy and Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin. Kerry Ann Carter Persen, Stanford University Exit, Voice, Loyalty: Responses to Islamist Political Violence Special Recognition: Irving Louis Horowitz Best Overall Project Award Kerry is a doctoral candidate in political science at Stanford University. Her work explores reactions to Islamist political violence in the Islamic world and obstacles to mobilization against extremist ideologies. She received her A.B. summa cum laude from Bowdoin College and was a Fulbright Scholar in Indonesia from 2009–2010. Ronna Popkin, Columbia University Variants of Significance? Constructions and Understandings of Genetic Risk for Cancer Special Recognition: Martinus Nijhoff Award Ronna is a PhD candidate in sociomedical sciences/sociology at Columbia University. Her research interests include gender, sexuality, reproduction, genetics/genomics, medicalization, risk, embodiment, and science studies. She formerly worked as a community sexuality educator and earned her MS in health education and BS in women’s studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mara Pillinger, George Washington University WHO's In Charge?: The World Health Organization (WHO) Confronts Private Authority Mara Pillinger is a PhD candidate in political science at George Washington University. Mara holds an MSc from Oxford University, where she was a Clarendon Scholar, an MPH from Emory University, and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania. She has worked a project officer at the NYC Department of Health, and has conducted fieldwork in Ghana, South Africa, and Cameroon. Margarita Rayzberg, Northwestern University Controlling the Field: The History and Contemporary Practices of Social Experimentation in International Development Special Recognition: Robert K. Merton Award Margarita Rayzberg is a PhD candidate in the department of sociology at Northwestern University. Her dissertation focuses on the history of social experimentation in the context of US technical foreign aid. Her work draws on and contributes to the sociology of knowledge, social studies of science, and sociology of development. Celene Reynolds, Yale University From Unequal Play to Unwanted Contact: Title IX in American Universities, 1972-2014 Celene Reynolds is a PhD candidate in sociology at Yale University. Her research interests center on social change, law, organizations, politics, gender, and higher education. Her dissertation examines why the implementation of Title IX has shifted from an emphasis on gender equity in athletics to sexual harassment on campus. Kirk Ross, King's College London We Are Not Sorry for the People We Kill: The Ideology, Targets, and Intentions of Nigeria's Boko Haram Insurgency Kirk Ross is a PhD candidate in defence studies at King's College London. As an embedded journalist, Kirk covered the wars in Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and he is the author of The Sky Men , a history of World War II airborne operations. Danielle Vance-McMullen, Duke University The Nonprofit Organization Boom and Its Consequences for Charitable Giving Danielle Vance-McMullen is a PhD candidate in public policy with a concentration in economics. Danielle’s research examines the causes and consequences of nonprofit market structure. Her dissertation focuses on the effects of the recent, dramatic growth of nonprofit organizations. Danielle holds Master's degrees in nonprofit management, philanthropic studies, and economics. Eman Abdelhadi, NYU The Counterfactual Self: Community and Identity Pathways among American Muslims Eman Abdelhadi is a PhD candidate in the sociology department at New York University. She uses mixed methods to study gender inequality, religion, ethnic identity, and community formation. Her dissertation project explores how gender constrains community and identity construction in Muslim communities. Please reload

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