Congratulations to Our 2022 ISR Next Generation Awardees

Aug 12, 2022

The ISR Next Generation Awards are donor-funded awards that provide financial support to propel recipients forward in their careers and catalyze impactful research projects. Congratulations to our nine CID student affiliates who received Next Generation Awards:

CID Emerging Inequality Scholars

Catalina Anampa Castro

Doctoral Candidate, Public Policy and Sociology

The Legacy of Advantage: The Racial Geography of Multigenerational Home Wealth Transmission

Catalina’s research uses data from the 1940 U.S. Census and Panel Study of Income Dynamics “to explore the intersection between the consequences of historical residential segregation policies and the reproduction of socioeconomic attainment from one generation to another through housing, i.e., wealth mobility.” She explained: “First, I center historical place-conscious policies and mechanisms that contributed to creating the racial geography of the United States in the study of the intergenerational transmission of wealth. Finally, I will update multigenerational models of social mobility by extending previous analyses starting in 1968 twenty-five years back in time to the post New Deal period.”  

Zsigmond Palvolgyi

Doctoral Candidate, Economics

The Long-Standing Effect of Racial Segregation on Wealth Inequality in the United States

Zsigmond studies how policies shape long-term inequality and intergenerational mobility, including how past racial residential segregation affects the racial wealth gap through wealth accumulation in the housing market. “More precisely, I would like to quantify how large the Black-White wealth gap would be today without residential segregation in the past,” he explained. “Due to my interest in the research of wealth inequality, I was very excited to learn about the CID scholarly community and the CID Emerging Inequality Scholar Award.”

Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues

Elizabeth Burland

Doctoral Candidate, Ford School of Public Policy 

Consequences of Rural-Urban Inequality: The Role of Geographic Variation in Educational Inequality

​​“The crisis of rural educational attainment was brought to the forefront during the 2016 elections as a key explanation for political polarization, one of the great social problems of recent years. However, what does the rural-urban education gap actually look like, and what drives it? How might this pattern differ in the state of Michigan from what we see in other rural communities in the U.S.? Michigan is a key political swing state and site of geographically relevant political polarization, which also has a distinctly racialized geography and unique state- and institution-level policy dynamics that may lead to different consequences of rural-urban inequality. Using novel longitudinal data linkages, this project will empirically describe rural-urban inequality in college attainment, using decomposition methods to understand the factors that drive this inequality.”

Thomas Juster Economic Behavior Research Fund

Davis Daumler

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology

The Demography of Wealth Accumulation: Household Finances and the Returns to Family Dynamics

“There have been considerable advances in the study of wealth over the past three decades, with many studies showing that wealth is a stronger predictor of certain socioeconomic phenomena than income (Keister and Moller 2000), with stark inequalities for the intergenerational persistence of status across families (Pfeffer and Killewald 2019; Tomes 1981). Yet, more research is needed to understand the precarity of family wealth. There is an urgency for social scientists to deepen our collective understanding of the process by which families accumulate wealth. I develop an empirical approach for studying changes to different components of the wealth accumulation process, which I apply to the context of wealth returns to families following the birth of a new child.”

Sarri Family Fellowship for Research on Educational Attainment of Children in Low Income Families

Briana Starks

Joint Ph.D. Program in Social Work & Sociology

Diapers, Debt, & Degrees: The Practical and Theoretical Implications of Maternal Postnatal Educational Attainment

“Over 22% of all college students in the U.S. are caring for children. Yet their graduation rates are suboptimal and their experiences are largely unknown. This project investigates the subjugated narratives of low-income student mothers at one elite four-year university to understand how policies promote or hinder their degree attainment and the subsequent degree attainment of their children.”

Marshall Weinberg Endowments

Catalina Anampa Castro

Doctoral Candidate, Sociology & Public Policy

“Nothing and nobody can kick them out.” Incorporating the experiences of formerly undocumented older adults into aging and health research for the Latino/a population.

“Legal status may be thought of as a fundamental cause of health, producing a health disparity whereby undocumented immigrants are disadvantaged relative to documented immigrants. However, our understanding of immigrant illegality and health is limited to treating legal status as static rather than dynamic and changing across the life course. In this study, I seek to conduct in-depth interviews with formerly undocumented Latino/a older adults to analyze the frames they pull from to make sense of health decisions and retirement plans as they transition statuses.”

Analidis Ochoa

Doctoral Candidate, Sociology & Social Work

Blood Veins for Hire: Plasma Donation in an age of Inequality, Instability, and Precarious Work

Giovanni Román-Torres

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology

Study on the belonging of Latina/o immigrants in the South and their socioeconomic well-being

“As early as the 1990s, scholarship found that recently arrived immigrants started settling in non-gateway states, such as Tennessee. While there is ample evidence that spatial context is consequential for the socio-economic well-being of immigrants, most evidence comes from traditional immigrant-receiving destinations. Less is known about how Latina/o immigrants make sense, transform, and establish a sense of belonging in new places and the relationship this has to their socioeconomic well-being. This research will investigate how Latina/o immigrants establish a sense of belonging in new places (e.g., new destinations) and how their socioeconomic well-being is influenced by their environment. Using 60 semi-structured interviews with Latina/o immigrants in Tennessee, this study will address this research gap by answering the following questions: (1) How do Latina/o immigrants establish a sense of belonging in new places that have historically been Black and White? and (2) How might their socioeconomic well-being in new places mark a change from historically immigrant receiving states? The data gathered in this study will address how Latina/o immigrants think about place and what is important for them to establish a sense of belonging. This offers important insights into how they are integrated (or excluded) in new places that are not only distinct from gateway places (e.g., Los Angeles) but also politically and geographically distinct from each other. The results of this study will have implications for state and local governments working on incorporating new populations.”

Janet Wang

Doctoral Candidate, Department of Sociology

Stratification of Later Life Earnings

Janet’s project, which uses data from the Health and Retirement Study, examines the association between educational attainment, later life employment employment trajectories, and wages/salary of older Americans. This project will disentangle the long term effects of education attainment on employment transitions and subsequent economic disparities.  

Congratulations to all!


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