Social Science Center Awards Research Fellowships 2022-23

The Cornell Center for Social Sciences Fellowship Program, which supports social science research by Cornell faculty members, awarded a total of $85,000 to 10 researchers for their 2022-2023 CCSS Fellowship Program.

The program aims to foster the careers of Cornell faculty members in the social sciences, with a particular emphasis on supporting early-career research. The goal is to provide time and space for high-impact social science research that results in the completion of ambitious projects with real impact, scholarly publications, and external grants to expand fellows’ research.

The CCSS Faculty Fellows program is a one-year fellowship with one semester in residence at the CCSS. During this semester, fellows are freed from teaching and administrative duties so that they can focus on their chosen research project.

The program is designed to create an environment of intellectual exchange and appreciation of interdisciplinary scholarship. Fellows will meet as a group throughout the academic year to exchange feedback on ongoing research and engage in professional development.

The scholarship application process includes a nomination by a Dean of Social Sciences and a short research proposal including a detailed budget of $8,500.

Learn more about next year’s cohort below.

Jerel Ezell, Africana Center for Studies and Research (College of Arts and Sciences)

The Water Justice League: Generating and Sustaining Water and Climate Resilience on Onondaga Lake through Citizen Science

The Water Justice League is a 4-week culturally appropriate intervention and community-based participatory research project that will assess and build knowledge and resilience of water and climate change in diverse Indigenous communities in central and western New York and generate ideas and pathways for sustainable business development. and a spiritual reprieve on their ancestral water bodies.

Will Hobbs, Psychology (College of Human Ecology)

The effects of changes in personal, societal and political contexts on well-being and daily activities: design and analysis of open surveys

This project will study open survey data to track and explain well-being before and after major personal and societal changes. It will build and validate wellness metrics using repeatable artificial intelligence and create multiple metrics from a single open response to increase profitability.

Pauline Leung, economics, public policy (Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy)

The Effects of Work and Financial Assistance Policies on Child Outcomes: Long-Term Evidence from Welfare Reform Experiments

This project examines the long-term effects of workplace wellness policies by tracking five randomized experiments conducted in the 1990s. It will link the experimental data to a rich array of datasets housed at the US Census Bureau to understand the full economic and demographic impacts on social assistance recipients and their children over a time horizon spanning more than 20 years.

Janet Loebach, Environmental Design and Analysis (College of Human Ecology)

Designing Developmentally Friendly Play Environments: Testing and Refining an Outdoor Play Space Audit Tool

The proposed work will contribute to the development of a validated tool for auditing outdoor play areas. Through these initial mixed-methods tests and preliminary validation of a draft tool at 6-8 pilot sites, the work will support the final refinement, testing and publication of this valuable research and design tool.

J. Nathan Matias, Communication (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences)

The science and governance of human-algorithm feedback

How can we predict and prevent disasters due to runaway patterns in human and algorithmic behavior? To advance theory and methods on this issue, this project proposes to bring researchers together to write a review article, develop new study designs, consider necessary systems, and develop grants.

Laura Niemi, Psychology (College of Arts and Sciences)

The psychological science of morality

This research program uses the methods of psychological science to develop a multilevel model of moral judgment and decision-making and applies the findings of moral psychology to solve difficult social problems.

Devon Proudfoot, Human Resources Studies (School of Industrial and Labor Relations)

Culture, social class and experience of positive stereotypes

The proposed research will investigate the impact of positive stereotypes on the well-being and motivation of stereotypical group members. It will specifically focus on how two factors – cultural patterns of individuality and social class – intersect with stereotyped content to shape the experience of positive stereotypes of members of the stereotyped group.

Casey Schmitt, History (College of Arts and Sciences)

A predatory sea: human trafficking, colonization and trade in the Greater Caribbean, 1530-1690

The predatory sea studies the role of captivity and smuggling in the development of slavery in the Atlantic world in 1530-1680. Combining English and French manuscript sources with underutilized testimonies from victims of captivity, it traces the raiding and trading networks of captive people in the greater Caribbean.

Landon Schnabel, Sociology (College of Arts and Sciences)

Does Elite Philanthropy Legitimize Plutocracy?

This project examines if, how, and to what extent elite philanthropy legitimizes rising inequality and plutocracy. It (1) develops plutocracy support measures, (2) establishes overall plutocracy support, (3) determines the effects of philanthropy on plutocracy support, (4) tests mechanisms, and (5) identifies the implications.

Ivan Rudik, Applied Economics and Management (SC Johnson College of Business, Dyson School)

STerritorial and sectoral targeting of climate policy

Effective real-world climate policy must be heterogeneous across countries and sectors. This project will quantify the effective distribution of carbon taxes and subsidies for adaptation finance across the world. These estimates will inform decision makers where finance and capital should be directed to address climate change.

Learn more about the CCSS Scholars Program and next year’s cohort here.

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