Awardee | Jacqueline Rivers (Ph.D. '15). The Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University has announced its fourth class of W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute Fellows. Rivers, who holds a Ph.D. in African American Studies and Sociology at Harvard, will work on a project titled The Power of Racial Socialization: A Form of Non-Elite Cultural Capital.
Awardee | Ariel R. White (Ph.D. '16), now Assistant Professor of Political Science at MIT, and co-authors Noah L. Nathan and Julie K. Faller are the recipients of the American Political Science Association's Heinz I. Eulau Award for best article published in the American Political Science Review in the past calendar year. All were Ph.D. candidates in Government at the time of publication.
For their article, "What do I Need to Vote? Bureaucratic Discretion and Discrimination by Local Election Officials," the authors carried out a field experiment in which they contacted over 7,000 local election officials in 48 states responsible for providing information to voters and implementing voter ID laws. They found that election officials were significantly less likely to respond to emails sent from Latino aliases and provided responses of lower quality than they did when replying to non-Latino white aliases. View the research
Awardee | Ariel R. White (Ph.D. '16) has been awarded the Harvard Government Department's 2016 Robert Noxon Toppan Prize for best dissertation in political science for her dissertation titled, "Voter Behavior in the Wake of Punitive Politics." White joins the MIT faculty as Assistant Professor of Political Science in the fall.
Awardee | Ann Owens (Ph.D. '12), Assistant Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences at University of Southern California, has been named a 2016 National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow, a fellowship that supports early career scholars working in critical areas of education research.
Owens will investigate whether and how both school and neighborhood inequalities contribute to the educational attainment gap between high- and low-income youth.The gap between high- and low-income young adults' educational attainment has grown over the past few decades while racial gaps have stabilized. Identifying possible explanations for the economic attainment gap, including neighborhood, district, and school economic segregation, is thus critical for reducing inequality for future generations. Read more about Ann Owens named a 2016 NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow
Awardee | Jal Mehta (Ph.D. '06), Associate Professor in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been selected to be the Evelyn Green Davis Fellow in the 2016-2017 class of fellows at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. These Radcliffe Fellows—scholars, scientists, and artists—come from six continents and across Harvard to pursue an individual project in an interdisciplinary setting. Mehta will be working on a book, The Chastened Dream: Social Science, Social Policy, and Social Progress across the Twentieth Century.
Awardee | Vesla M. Weaver (Ph.D. '07, now Yale University) is one of 33 recipients of a prestigious Andrew Carnegie fellowship, awarded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York for the advancement of research in the humanities and social sciences. Weaver is Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies at Yale, and founding director of its Center for the Study of Inequality.
From Yale News: "Weaver’s proposal for the Carnegie fellowship, titled “The Faces of American Democracy,” will examine the relationship between poor citizens and communities and government in the United States. The project will provide the first systematic study of how Americans in different communities experience government activity across a number of areas, including schools, social welfare agencies, police and probation agencies, civil ordinances, the housing authority, and child protective services."
Awardee | Judith Scott-Clayton (Ph.D. in Public Policy '09), Associate Professor of Economics and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, is the 2016 recipient of the American Educational Research Association Early Career Award in Educational Policy. Scott-Clayton studies labor economics and higher education policy, with a focus on financial aid, student employment, and programmatic barriers to college persistence and completion. Her work examining the adverse consequences of complexity in the federal student aid application process has contributed to national policy debates about financial aid simplification.
Awardee | Sarah Cohodes (Ph.D. in Public Policy, '15) is a recipient of the 2016 Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award conferred by the Association of Education Finance and Policy for exemplary dissertation research in education finance and policy. Cohodes is now Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Awardee | Michael Javen Fortner (Ph.D. in Government & Social Policy '10) has been awarded the 2016 Herbert H. Lehman Prize for Distinguished Scholarship in New York History by the New York Academy of History for his book, Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment, published by Harvard University Press in 2015. Fortner is Assistant Professor and Academic Director of Urban Studies at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, Murphy Institute.
Awardee | John Horton (Ph.D. in Public Policy '11), Assistant Professor in the Stern School of Business, New York University, is the recipient of an Early Career Research Award from the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. Horton will investigate the effect of demand shocks on human capital acquisition strategies.