2022 Faculty Affiliate Grantees

Faculty grants are awarded to CSRPC Faculty affiliates for ongoing or new research projects, programming initiatives, and conferences. These grants may serve as seed money for projects ultimately requiring larger grants from outside sources or they may cover the entire costs of a project.

Meet our grantees! 

Aresha Martinez-Cardoso (Public Health Science) & Dr. Emma Monahan (Chapin Hall)
The role of pediatric primary care innovations in promoting health equity for Latinx families: A longitudinal analysis using data from the Mitigating Toxic Stress Study.

This mixed-methods study will quantitatively and qualitatively evaluate the efficacy of the Developmental Understanding and Legal Collaboration for Everyone (DULCE) intervention for Latinx families. The quantitative analysis will analyze changes in caregiver and child outcomes using longitudinal data collected at baseline (birth - 6 months) and final (infant 12 - 15 months), while accounting for local social policy and resource context. We will then conduct qualitative interviews with DULCE caregivers and Family Specialists to understand how the innovation was experienced and delivered to identify ways to enhance implementation and services in this domain.

Matthew Furlong (Human Rights)
Is Covid Urbanizing the Vertical Border? New Trends in Urban Migrant Mobilities and Policing  from Mexico's Aerospace Hub City

Building on my dissertation project’s concern with Latin American intersections of city-making and migration, but now from the perspective of a world remade by pandemic, my post-dissertation research project proposal, Urbanizing the Vertical Border, aims to build on the richness and interdisciplinary potentials of the vertical border concept by linking it to a pressing new set of cultural and technical artifacts and scales. My concern will be with the social relations emerging between a set of objects--the drone, the aerospace industry, and the high-tech city--whose geographic entanglements tend to get siloed as topics either of urban studies or migration studies, but seldom both.

Samantha Guz (Crown Family School of Social Work)
Who Belongs In Neighborhood Schools?: A Mixed Methods Reexamination of School Transfer as School Push Out

Alternative high schools (AHS) sit at the nexus of several areas of contemporary education discourse on racial stratification, including the systematic push-out of Black students and students with disabilities; school accountability; and school choice (George, 2015; Fedders, 2018). Once a focused and small proportion of schools, AHSs have expanded over the past two decades to enroll a consequential portion of high school students – as much as 10% in large urban districts like Chicago (Carver, Lewis & Tice, 2010, Urban Labs, 2021). In partnership with the Chicago Public Schools (CPS), the proposed study seeks to understand how race, racism, and dis/ability1 affect the recently reformed transfer policy from neighborhood schools to AHSs (Annamaa, Connor & Ferri, 2013; Annamma, 2016). 

Matthew Kruer (History)
Feudalism and the Carceral Colony: Indigenous Reservations in the Early Mid-Atlantic

This project explores the origins of Indian reservations in early modern North America. Although scholars have generally assumed that Indian reservations were the creation of U.S. and Canadian policies during the nineteenth century, antecedents can be found as early as the 1660s. Reservations of this era were known as “proprietary manors” and were created with the neo- feudal powers of Lords Proprietors, such as William Penn, who owned their colonies as personal property and ruled them as personal domains. Using legal structures that were obsolete in England itself, these manors were effectively a reincarnation of medieval manorialism that established carceral spaces to rule Indigenous peoples.

Karen Okigbo (Harris School of Public Policy)
Not So Black and White: How Second-Generation Nigerian Americans Decide Whom to Marry

Selecting a life partner is arguably one of the most important decisions in a person’s life. In the U.S. where race is salient, immigrants present a unique opportunity to study how people make such an important decision. This project examines the social decision-making of the U.S.- born children of Nigerian immigrants as they navigate the dating and marriage process. It goes beyond an examination of intermarriage among the Black population through a strictly racial lens to emphasize heterogeneity and ethnic variation within the Black racial category. It considers intermarriage involving Black individuals as a phenomenon that is not just about unions with White partners. By examining intermarriage in terms of ethnic, racial, and religious difference, this study sheds light on the elided heterogeneity of the Black population.