Horowitz Foundation Awards Grants to 20 Scholars for Social Policy Research

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The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy has selected twenty scholars to receive grants for research in the social sciences for the 2014 award year

Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy

The 2014 award year has proven to be the greatest yet for the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, the reach of which extends internationally and draws submissions from over 130 colleges with applicants from 50 different countries. The applicants come from a myriad of academic backgrounds, with a focus in sociology, political science, and anthropology. 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 416 applications, the largest number in our eighteen-year history,” said Mary E. Curtis, Chair of the Horowitz Foundation. “The twenty applicants who are receiving awards this year represent less than 5 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.”


Established in 1997, the Horowitz Foundation now approves approximately twenty grants each year. Awards are for $7,500; proposals in certain targeted areas receive additional amounts. Awards are granted for policy-related research in all major areas of the social sciences. Only doctoral students whose final dissertation proposals have been approved 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.


The Foundation will begin accepting applications for 2015 awards July 1, 2015 Applicants are encouraged to submit their proposals no later than December 15, 2015 in order to permit the Foundation to confirm that the proposal is complete and in the required format. The deadline for receipt of all materials for proposals for the year 2015 is January 31, 2016. Incomplete applications will not be processed. Awards for 2015 will be announced in June, 2016.

Additional information, including a list of previous recipients, is available on the Horowitz Foundation website http://www.horowitz-foundation.org.


Leslie Acton
Duke University
Department of Marine Science and Conservation
Shifting Tides: Examining Changing Oceans Governance in Bermuda and the Sargasso Sea

Bibek Adhikari
Tulane University
Department of Economics
The Economic and Behavioral Effects of a Value-Added Tax (VAT): Evidence from French Firm-level Data

Hillary Angelo
New York University
Department of Sociology
How Green Became Good: Urban Greening as Social Improvement in Germany’s Ruhr Valley

Athanasius Atta Barkindo
University of London
School of Oriental and African Studies
History, Memory and Resistance in Northeastern Nigeria: The Transformation of Boko Haram since 1995

Raphaël Charron-Chénier
Duke University
Department of Sociology
Race and Consumption: Consumer Markets and the Production of Racial Inequality

Eric Crosbie
University of California – Santa Cruz
Department of Politics
Constraining Government Regulatory Authority: Transnational Tobacco Companies Usage of Trade Agreements to Undermine Cigarette Package Health Warning Labels
[Special Recognition John L. Stanley Award]

Laurel Eckhouse
University of California – Berkeley
Department of Political Science
Police and the Citizen-State Relationship: Accountability Mechanisms, Democratic Control, and Equal Access to Law in the United States
[Special Recognition Donald R. Cressey Award]

Denia Garcia
Princeton University
Department of Sociology
Integration beyond Numbers: Getting Along and Working Together in a Multiethnic Neighborhood

Catherine Gillis
Loyola University Chicago
Department of Sociology
Conceptualizing “Productive Use”: Dominant Narratives and Alternative Visions of Land Use in Detroit

Mark Gross
University of Maryland – College Park
Department of Sociology
The Spatial Dynamics of Vigilante Violence in South African Townships

Joshua Jansa
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Department of Political Science
Laboratories of Inequality: The Politics of Economic Development Subsidies and the Distribution of Resources in America
[Special Recognition Robert K. Merton Award]

Barnett Koven
The George Washington University
Department of Political Science
Development Projects, Relative Deprivation, and Insurgent Violence: The Cases of Peru (1980-1992), Colombia (1964-Present), Iraq (2003-2011), and Afghanistan (2001-2011)
[Special Recognition Harold D. Lasswell Award]

Jonah Lipton
London School of Economics
Department of Anthropology
“Ebola is the Only Work in Sierra Leone Right Now”: An Ethnographic Study of Informal Work, Care, and Family Life in Freetown

Bárbara Oliveira Ramos
Tufts University
The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy
If You Build It, Will They Export? A Framework for the Allocation of Welfare-maximizing Domestic Transport Infrastructure

Beth Red Bird
Stanford University
Department of Sociology
Behind Closed Doors: Inequality, Diversity, and the Rise of Occupational Licensure

John Robinson
Northwestern University
Department of Sociology
Going Underground: Tax Credit Housing, Financial Innovation and the Politics of Stealth in Targeted Social Policy
[Special Recognition Irving Louis Horowitz Award]

Ying Shi
Duke University
Sanford School of Public Policy
Stemming the Gap: The Puzzle of Missing Female Scientists and Engineers
[Special Recognition Martinus Nijhoff Award]

Ruirui Sun
Graduate Center, City University of New York
Department of Economics
The Effect of Health Information Technology on Hospital Efficiency and Quality of Care
[Special Recognition Eli Ginzberg Award]

Tin-Yuet Ting
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Sociology
Digital Media Activism and the Movement for Democracy in Hong Kong
[Special Recognition Joshua Feigenbaum Award]

Julia Shu-Huah Wang
Columbia University
School of Social work
287(g) Local Immigration Enforcement Policy and Health of Mexican Immigrant Families in the US

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