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    1/1 2024 Applications Now Open! Subscribe! Join for updates 2023 Awards Announced For applications submitted in December 2022 The Horowitz Foundation supports policy research by emerging scholars whose work addresses contemporary issues in the social sciences. Apply Now Celebrating 25 years! 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 Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy See us at APPAM this Fall

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    Meet the Foundation Mary Curtis Horowitz & Dr. Irving Louis Horowitz, Founders The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy was established in 1997 by Irving Louis Horowitz and Mary Curtis Horowitz 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. ​ The idea for the Foundation emerged from Irving Louis Horowitz’s experience working with doctoral students. He found that many faced financial barriers to completing their research. Dr. Horowitz initially provided assistance to these scholars personally, and later through Transaction Publishers’ Grants-in-Publication Program. After the termination of that program, the foundation was established in 1997. The first grants were issued in 1999. Dr. Irving Louis Horowitz, 1968 Board of Trustees Dedication. Expertise. Passion. Irving Louis Horowitz (1929–2012) Founding Chairman Rutgers University Mary Curtis Horowitz Chairman Transaction Publishers (President, 1997-2017) Ray C. Rist, Vice Chairman The World Bank Ayse Akincigil - Rutgers University Hans-Martin Boehmer - Duke University Jonathan D. Breul - Georgetown University Richard L. Edwards - Rutgers University Pearl Eliadis - McGill University Michal Grinstein-Weiss - Washington University in St. Louis Melissa Jonson-Reid - Washington University in St. Louis Mary M. McKay - Washington University in St. Louis Nandini Ramanujam - McGill University William M. Rodgers III - Rutgers University Maggie Schneiderman - National Geographic Society William Strong - Kotin Crabtree & Strong Jos Vaessen - The World Bank Allison Zippay - Rutgers University Aim and Mission To support emerging scholars through small grants; To promote scholarship with a social policy application; and ​ To encourage projects that address contemporary issues in the social sciences. Funding Grants are based solely on merit. Each is worth a total of $10,000; $7,500 is awarded initially and $2,500 upon completion of the project. ​ For grant recipients to be entitled to their second installment, they must show evidence of one of the following: Acceptance and approval of their dissertation; Acceptance of an article based on the research by a peer-reviewed journal; or Invitation to write and publish a book chapter based on the research. Grants are non-renewable and recipients have five years from announcement of the award to complete their project and claim their final payment. Eligibility Eligibility Beginning in 2023 you CANNOT apply more than once. If you have applied before 2023 and want to apply again, you are still eligible. ​ Applicants must be current PhD (or DrPH) candidates who are working on their dissertation; ​​ Applicants must not have a PhD; those who do, are ineligible; ​Applicants must have defended their dissertation proposal or had their topic approved by their department; ​Applicants can be from any country and any university in the world. US citizenship or residency is not required. Criteria Criteria The foundation supports projects with a social policy application on either a global or local level. Applications are evaluated based on the Trustees’ assessment of criteria such as: feasibility, applicability, originality, methodology, theoretically informed or empirically rich research, and letters of recommendation. No specific weight is given to any one area. Proposals are evaluated based on overall merit of all aspects of the application. ​ We encourage applicants to look at the kind of projects we have supported in previous years. See Previous Recipients. Conditions Conditions Awards are made to individuals, not institutions. If processed through an institution, a waiver for overhead is required. ​Recipients are expected to acknowledge assistance provided by the foundation in any publication resulting from their research and should notify the foundation with publication details. Grants are issued immediately on receipt of an acceptance letter from the recipient. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure the grant does not conflict with other funding they have secured. Grants are usually administered in June of the year they are decided. Grant recipients will be publicized on the foundation's website, in appropriate professional media, and a press release to university media offices. Special Awards Special Awards Each year, the Trustees issue special monetary awards for the two most outstanding project. These awards cannot be applied for directly, and are only granted at the discretion of the Trustees. Irving Louis Horowitz Award Overall most outstanding project This award carries with it an additional $5,000. Trustees' Award ​For the most innovative approach in theory and/or methodology ​This award carries with it an additional $3,000.

  • 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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    Apply RECIPIENT PUBLICATIONS Supported by Horowitz Foundation Grants 20 15 Recipients Koebele, Elizabeth A., "Cross-Coalition Coordination in Collaborative Environmental Governance Processes," Policy Studies Journal, (2019). Grant recipient for "Collaborative Water Governance in the Colorado River Basin: Understanding Coalition Dynamics and Processes of Policy Change." ​ Niker, Fay, Forthcoming Chapter in Putting Virtue into Practice: Theoretical and Practical insights, Routledge. Grant recipient for "Transformative Nudging: A Framework for Designing Policy Ecologies that Support Living Well." ​ 20 13 Recipients Leeuw, H.B.M, Big Data and Evaluation: A Case Study on Digital Piracy, the Copyright Alert System and Big Data , Piscataway, New Jersey, Transaction Publishers 2016. Grant recipient for "Big Data and Digital Piracy: Evaluating the graduated response." ​ Cantor, Alida, "The public trust doctrine and critical legal geographies of water in California, Geoforum , Vol 72, June 2016 49-57. Grant recipient for "Dust storms and dying lakes: Wastefulness, beneficial use, and water transfers in California." ​ Reisenbichler, ​Alexander “A Rocky Path to Homeownership: Why Germany Eliminated Large-Scale Subsidies for Homeowners.” Cityscape vol. 18 no. 2 (November 2016). Grant recipient for "Safe as Houses: What Explains Government Involvement in Housing Markets in the U.S. and Europe?" ​ 20 12 Recipients Fisher, Michael P., “PTSD in the U.S. Military, and the Politics of Prevalence,” Social Science & Medicine 115 (2014) 1-9. Grant recipient for “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in the 21st Century: Social Action in the Name of Diagnosis and Disability Compensation." ​ Mackey, Tim, “Global Health Diplomacy and the Governance of Counterfeit Medicines: A Mapping Exercise of Institutional Approaches” Journal of Health Diplomacy, Volume 1, Issue 1 (2013). Grant Recipient for “Pharmaceutical e-Marketing: Illicit Actors and Challenges to Global Patient Safety and Public Health." ​ 20 11 Recipients Ciplet, David, et al., Power in a Warming World: The New Global Politics of Climate Change and the Remaking of Environmental Inequality, Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2015 (forthcoming), 332 pp. Grant recipient for “Between a Rock and a Gas Place: How Regulatory Policy for Emerging Technologies is Shaped in the Context of Scientific Uncertainty." ​ Good, Michael, “Do Immigrant Outflows Lead to Native Inflows? An Empirical Analysis of the Migratory Responses to US State Immigration Legislation,” Applied Economics, Volume 45, Number 30. pp. 4275–4297. Grant recipient for “Do Immigrant Outflows Lead to Native Inflows? An Empirical Analysis of the Migratory Responses to U.S. State Immigration Legislation." ​ Hussain, Muzammil M., State Power 2.0: Authoritarian Entrenchment and Political Engagement Worldwide. Grant recipient for “Post-Authoritarian Political Monitoring in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya: Investigating Information Activist Networks in the European Neighborhood." ​ McCarthy, Michael, “Turning Labor into Capital: Pension Funds and the Corporate Control of Finance,” Politics & Society, Volume 42, No. 4 (2014). Grant Recipient for “Privatizing the Golden Years: How American Unions Made Pensions More Risky, 1945-2000." ​ McCarthy, Michael, “Political Mediation and American Old-Age Security Exceptionalism,” Work and Occupations , Volume 41, No. 2 (2013). Grant Recipient for “Privatizing the Golden Years: How American Unions Made Pensions More Risky, 1945-2000” (2011). Pedulla, David, "Penalized or Protected? Gender and the Consequences of Nonstandard and Mismatched Employment Histories," American Sociological Review, Volume 81, No. 2 (2016). Grant Recipient for "Precarious Work and the New Economy: An Experimental Approach." ​ Polson, Michael “Land and Law in Marijuana Country: Clean Capital, Dirty Money and the Drug War’s Rentier Nexus” Political and Legal Anthropology Review, Vol. 36, No. 2 (November 2013). Grant Recipient for “Marijuana in Northern California: Law, Economy and Medicine in a Shifting Policy Environment." ​ Walker, Alexis N., “Labor’s Enduring Divide: The Distinct Path of Public Sector Unions in the United States,” Studies in American Political Development Volume 28. Issue 2 (October 2014): pp. 175-200. Grant Recipient for “The Rise of Public Sector Unionization and its Effect on Organized Labor’s Political Activities in the United States." ​ Walker, Alexis N., "Divided Unions:The Wagner Act, Federalism, and Organized Labor", University of Pennsylvania Press, 2020. Grant Recipient for “The Rise of Public Sector Unionization and its Effect on Organized Labor’s Political Activities in the United States." ​ 2010 Recipients Gest, J (2016) The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality , Oxford University Press: New York. Grant recipient for "The New Minority: Alienation and Identity among White Working Class Americans." ​ 2009 Recipients Hahn, J. W., Aldarondo, E., Silverman, J. G., McCormick, M. C., & Koenen, K. C. (August 2015). Examining the association between post-traumatic stress disorder and intimate partner violence perpetration among adult men. Journal of Family Violence , 30(6), 743-752. Grant recipient for "Understanding the Role of Trauma and Violence in Intimate Partner Violence Perpetration by Males in the General and Incarcerated Populations." ​ Hahn, J. W., McCormick, M. C., Silverman, J. G., Robinson, E. B., & Koenen, K. C. (November 2014). Examining the impact of disability status on intimate partner violence victimization in a population sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence , 29(17), 3063-3085. ​ Katz, James E., Mobile Communication: Dimensions of Social Policy , New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2011. Grant recipient for “Mobile Communication and Social Policy Conference” held on October 9-11, 2009 at the Heldrich Hotel, New Brunswick, NJ. ​ 2008 Recipients Desmond, Matthew, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the America City. New York: Crown, 2016. Grant recipient for "Eviction and the Reproduction of Inner-City Poverty." Skarbeck, David Benjamin, “Governance and Prison Gangs,” American Political Science Review (forthcoming). Grant recipient for “Problems of Organized Crime: How to Combat Thieves, Thugs, Terrorists, and Traffickers." ​ 2007 Recipients Cross-Barnet, Caitlin and Katrina Bell McDonald , Marriage in Black: The Pursuit of Married Life among American-born and Immigrant Blacks, Routledge, 2018. Grant recipient for "The Successful Black Marriage Study." ​ 2006 Recipients Gao, Qin, “The Chinese Social Benefit System in Transition: Reforms and Impacts on Income Inequality,” Annuals of the New York Academy of Sciences special volume “Reducing the Impact of Poverty on Health and Human Development: Scientific Approaches,” 2008. Grant recipient for “The Chinese Social Benefit System in Transition." ​ 2005 Recipients Guzzo, Karen, “Competing Obligations, Child Support, and Men’s Visitation with Nonresidential Children,” presented at the National Survey of Family Growth Research Conference, October 19-20, 2006, pending publication at Journal of Family Issues. Grant recipient for, "Men's Multi-Partnered Fertility: Implications for Paternal Involvement." ​ 2004 Recipients Garay, Maria Candelaria, “Social Policy and Collective Action: Unemployed Workers, Community Associations and Protest in Argentina,” Politics & Society 35, June 2007. Grant recipient for “Social Policy Regimes in Newly Liberalized Economics." ​ 2003 Recipients Lin, Fen, “Dancing Beautifully but with Hands Cuffed? A Historical Review of Journalism Formation during Media Commercialization in China,” Perspectives, 7(2): 79–98 pp., 2006. Grant recipient for “Dancing with Hands Cuffed: Media Commercialization and Political Development in China." ​ Whelan, Christal K., “Agonsho: A Japanese New Religion.” Completion of dissertation at Boston University on topic of the same title, December 22, 2003. 2002 Recipients Davis, Joseph E., “Suffering, Pharmaceutical Advertising, and the Face of Mental Illness,” The Hedgehog Review, Fall 2006.pp. 62–67. Grant recipient for "​Paxil and Anxiety: Social and Ethical Implications of the New Pharmacology." ​ Haffmann, Drew, Jesse Rude, and Kim Ebert, “The Biomedical Legacy in Minority Health Policy-Making, 1975–2002,” Research in the Sociology of Healthcare, Volume 23, 245–275 pp., 2005. Grant recipient for “Closing the Gap: Explaining the Content, Heterogeneity, and Survival of Minority Health Policy Proposals." ​ 2001 Recipients Germani, Ana Alejandra, Gino Germani: Del Antifascismo a la Sociolgía, Buenos Aires: Taurus Ediciones, 2004. 412 pp.; and Gino Germani: Antifascism and Sociology. New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2008. 248 pp. Grant recipient for, "From Antifascism to the Institutionalization of Sociology in Argentina." ​ Leoussi, Athena S., “The Ethno-Cultural Roots of National Art,” Nations and Nationalism (2004). Grant recipient for “Cultural Policies and the Development of Czech National Art." ​ 2000 Recipients Handley, Antoinette, Business, Government, and the Privatization of the Ashanti Goldmine Company in Ghana. Prepared for the 2004 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, New Orleans, Louisiana. Grant recipient for “Business and Economic Policymaking in Africa: Four African Cases." ​ Pollack, Sheldon D., Refinancing America: The Republican Antitax Agenda, Albany, NY : State University of New York Press, 2003. Grant recipient for “The Politics of Wealth Transfer Taxation." ​ Wong, Joseph, Healthy Democracies: Welfare Politics in Taiwan and South Korea, Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 2004. 232 pp. (Paperback, 2006) Grant recipient for “Political Transaction and Welfare Reform in Taiwan and South Korea." ​ 1999 Recipients Bard, Mitchell G., From Tragedy to Triumph: The Politics behind the Rescue of Ethiopian Jewry, Westport, CT and London: Preager Publishers, 2002, 217 pp. Grant recipient for “Israeli Policy toward Ethiopian Jews." ​ Renshon, Stanley A., The 50% American: Immigration and National Identity in an Age of Terror, Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2005. 273 pp. Grant recipient for “One America?: Presidential Leadership and the Dilemma of Diversity." ​ Strolovitch, Dara Z., Affirmative Advocacy: Race, Class, and Gender in Interest Group Politics, Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2007. 284 pp. Grant recipient for “Closer to a Pluralist Heaven: Advocacy Groups and the Politics of Representation." ​ 1998 Recipients Castiglioni, Rossana, “The Politics of Retrenchment: The Quandaries of Social Protection Under Military Rule in Chile, 1973-1990,” Latin Americans Politics and Society, Volume 43, No. 4, Winter 2001. Grant recipient for “Retrenchment versus Maintenance: The Politics of Welfare State Reform in Chile and Uruguay." Castiglioni, Rossana, The Politics of Social Policy Change in Chile and Uruguay, New York, NY : Routledge, 2005, 168 pp. Grant recipient for “Retrenchment versus Maintenance: The Politics of Welfare State Reform in Chile and Uruguay." ​ Drumble, Mark A., “Poverty, Wealth, and Obligation in International Environmental Law,” Tulane Law Review, Volume 76, No. 4, March 2002. Grant recipient for “Selfish Altruism or Shared Compact, Mechanisms to Promote Developing Nation Participation in Environmental Agreements." ​ Peabody, Bruce Garen, “Recovering the Political Constitution: Nonjudicial Interpretation, Judicial Supremacy, and the Separation of Powers,” dissertation at the University of Texas, faculty of the graduate school, 2001 (Ph.D.) 307 pp. Grant recipient for “Recovering the Political Constitution: Changing Regimes Nonjudicial Interpretation." ​ Williams, Kim, Mark One or More: Civil Rights in Multiracial America, Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2006. 208 pp. Grant recipient for “Boxed In: The United States Multiracial Movement."

  • About - Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

    ABOUT THE FOUNDATION 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. ​ The idea for the Foundation emerged from Irving Louis Horowitz’s experience working with doctoral students. He found that many faced financial barriers to completing their research. Dr. Horowitz initially provided assistance to these scholars personally, and later through Transaction Publishers’ Grants-in-Publication Program. After the termination of that program, the foundation was established in 1997. The first grants were issued in 1998. Mary E. Curtis & Dr. Irving Louis Horowitz, Founders Dr. Irving Louis Horowitz, 1968

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