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Race, Poverty, and Inequality

The vast majority of research at IHDSC focuses on populations that face social or economic disparities. Institute researchers are particularly interested in how human development is affected by poverty or inequality, and explore this topic through settings and processes such as neighborhood disinvestment, income insecurity and instability, racial and economic discrimination, persistent segregation, intergenerational mobility, or economic scarcity. Key goals of this research are to identify paths and programs that lead toward greater opportunities for success and to influence social policy so that people have increased access to high quality services.

Seed Award Spotlight

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Disrupting the Narrative: Mobilizing Collective Action to Reduce Racial, Economic and Gender Inequality

Narratives and stories are often used to legitimize the status quo and justify social injustices; but they are also at the heart of all social change movements. This research will examine how narratives about the group’s past and narratives about past social movements can be leveraged to mobilize collective action for reducing inequality along racial and class divides. First, the project will investigate how social movement activists use narratives about the past to mobilize collective action. Then, we will experimentally test narrative interventions to increase participation in collective action to reduce racial and class inequalities.

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The Black Suburban Governance Project

The Black Suburban Governance Project examines the political and social realities facing Black suburbs in the United States. Through survey data and interviews with political actors, we will build a data set that will allow us to look at a range of issues within Black suburbs: political representation in local governance and schools, spatial inequities within and between jurisdictions, ethnic and racial diversification, as well as the suburbanization of poverty.

The IHDSC Seed Award Program

IHDSC is committed to funding new projects that bridge multiple domains of expertise and further the mission of the Institute. Eligible applicants may receive up to $20,000 in research support.

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Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies

The Center for Critical Race and Digital Studies (CR+DS) produces cutting edge research that illuminates the ways that race, ethnicity and identity shape and are shaped by digital technologies.

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Global TIES for Children

Global TIES for Children is an international research center at New York University dedicated to designing, evaluating and advising on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe.

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Featured Blog Posts

Asian American Experiences of Racism during COVID-19

Dr. Sumie Okazaki, NYU Steinhardt professor of Applied Psychology, discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the racism that Asian Americans face, as well as resources for how parents and other adults can help Asian American children and youth.

Q&A: Dr. Paula Chakravartty and Dr. Michelle Buckley

Drs. Paula Chakravartty (NYU) and Michelle Buckley (University of Toronto) partner with Khabar Lahariya, an India-based rural feminist media collective, to create lasting impact for brick kiln workers in Uttar Pradesh. On the Ground interviewed the researchers to learn about how this partnership helps to design the research, as well as the ways in which the research feeds back into the lives and work of migrant workers.

The State of Black Suburbs

"For many folks, when I start to talk about the Black suburban experience, they think that it's this moment of meeting of white and Black, of distance coming together. But there's a far more nuanced and complicated reality." Drs. L'Heureux Lewis-McCoy and Kimberley Johnson received seed award funding for "The Black Suburban Governance Project" in 2020. Along with PhD candidate Kiara Douds, they discussed their research approach and early findings.