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Sociologists Are Appointed Sage Fellows

Six sociologists were among the 21 leading social scientists recently appointed 2003-04 Visiting Scholars at the Russell Sage Foundation. During their tenure at the Foundation, the Fellows will pursue research and writing projects that will promote the Foundationís commitment to strengthening the social sciences.

All visiting scholars undertake timely social science research and apply their research to significant social problems. While Visiting Scholars typically work on projects related to the Foundationís current programs, a number of scholars whose research falls outside the Foundationís active programs also participate.

Kenneth T. Andrews, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, will write a book about local and state environmental groups and the social, political, and economic factors that influence them. His aim is to evaluate their effectiveness and their influence over policy.

Nancy DiTomaso, Rutgers University, will write a book examining the reasons many white Americans do not see the contradictions between the persistence of racial inequality and their belief in the existence of equal opportunity. It will explore the paradox between white Americaís beliefs and their recognition of advantages.

Karyn Lacy, Emory University, will write about the formation of class-based identity among participants in an elite African American mothersí association and the cultural consequences for their children. The goal is to examine the relationship between social capital, affiliations, and social mobility.

Becky Pettit, University of Washington, will investigate the role of institutional factors on labor market opportunities and patterns of inequality. Her first project will look at the role of the prison system in perpetuating racial and class inequality and the second will look at cross-country variation in womenís labor force participation.

Sidney G. Tarrow, Cornell University, will write a book about transnational activism. He will explore a variety of questions from whether they are a distinct group to how they gain certification and operate. He will look at the implications for American policy toward domestic transnational groups.

Julia C. Wrigley, City University of New York Graduate Center, will write a book analyzing episodes of harm to children in non-parental childcare and the effect it has on their trust of parents, caregivers, and investigators. Her project will provide insight into the costs and vulnerabilities created by heavy reliance on interpersonal trust.

The Russell Sage Foundation is a research center, a funding source for studies by scholars at other academic and research institutions, and an active member of the nationís social science community. It also publishes, under its own imprint, the books that derive from the work of its grantees and visiting scholars. For information on how to apply as a Visiting Scholar see