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Faculty News And Research Briefs

Michelle Whyman (Political Science) and co-authors have been awarded the 2020 Fenno Prize for best book in the area of legislative studies, “The Great Broadening: How the Vast Expansion of the Policymaking Agenda Transformed American Politics” (University of Chicago Press). The American Political Science Association will present the award during its virtual meeting in September.

Christopher Coutts (Urban and Regional Planning) has been invited by the U.S. State Dept to be a mentor to outgoing Fulbright Scholars, i.e., those who are preparing to head out on their projects. Coutts will help them answer questions about Africa, Malawi (where he did his Fulbright work in 2018) and the Fulbright experience in general during the pre-departure orientation and while they are in-country.

Randall Holcombe (Economics) published a book, “Coordination, Cooperation, and Control: The Evolution of Economic and Political Power (Palgrave Macmillan),” that looks at the relationships between these two types of power over the course of human history, how they come to be separated, and how they can remain separated.

Daniel Fay. (Askew School of Public Administration and Policy) and co-authors published an article in the journal Public Administration: “Intersectionality and equity: Dynamic bureaucratic representation in higher education.” The study found that student graduation rates improve as more faculty employed by a college or university share sex and race/ethnic identities with students. Read more here.

Katrinell Davis (Sociology) published a research paper in the Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. “Lead Poisoning Prevention Efforts in High-Risk Environments: Follow-up Testing Rates among Preschool Children in Flint, Michigan, 2013–2015” found that many children in the U.S. have never been tested for lead, even when required by state and federal healthcare policy, and fewer children gain access to follow-up or confirmatory testing when elevated blood lead levels are detected.

Paromita Sanyal (Sociology) published two papers in the Journal of Business Anthropology. “From Brides to Business Owners: Microfinance and Women’s Entrepreneurship” looks at the contexts that facilitate rural Indian women’s transition from “gender-compliant housewives” to breadwinners. “Struggles and Strategies of Black Women Business Owners in the U.S.,” co-authored with a colleague, is a study of the unique challenges faced by Black women entrepreneurs.

Sandy Wong (Geography) published a study in the Journal of Transport Geography. In “Disability, wages, and commuting in New York,” Wong and her co-authors find significant disparities in wages and commute times between disabled and non-disabled workers across the NY metro region.

Patricia Homan (Sociology, Public Health) published research in the Journals of Gerontology, “The Color of COVID-19: Structural Racism and the Pandemic’s Disproportionate Impact on Older Racial and Ethnic Minorities,” looking at how and why the COVID-19 outbreak is particularly detrimental for the health of older Black and Latinx adults. Read more here.

Stephanie Pau (Geography) has been awarded a National Science Foundation research grant for a project investigating the relationship between leaf phenology – the timing and amount of leaf production – and primary productivity in contrasting wet and dry tropical forest habitats, using geospatial data. Read more here.

April Jackson (Urban and Regional Planning) and James Wright (Askew School of Public Administration and Policy) have been awarded McKnight Junior Faculty Development Fellowships for the 2020-2021 academic year, allowing them to take time off from regular teaching duties to concentrate on research. Jackson’s fellowship will support her research on mixed-income communities and ways to promote greater racial equity in the built environment. Wright will focus on completing two projects on improving community policing relations and the role of automation in decision making for social services. Read more here.

April Jackson (Urban and Regional Planning) and co-authors published a paper in the Journal of the American Planning Association, “Like a fish out of water: Black and Latino student perspectives in Urban Planning programs,” exploring the climate for diversity in urban planning programs nationally among Black and Latino students in the U.S.

James Wright (Askew School) published a study in the journal Public Performance & Management Review. “Place plus Race Effects in Bureaucratic Discretionary Power: An Analysis of Residential Segregation and Police Stop Decisions,” considers the effect of officers’ decision when performing vehicle stops and conducting vehicle or person searches. Read more here.

Audrey Heffron Casserleigh and Janet Dilling (Emergency Management and Homeland Security) were presenting panelists on a U.S. State Department webinar on Building Online Programs in Higher Education: Strategies, Partnerships, and Models.