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Racial Inequality Research Grants Awarded to Duke Faculty

The Office of the Provost has selected 18 projects for funding through The Duke Endowment that engage topics related to the issue of racial inequality. These research projects will be led by Duke faculty members during the 2022-2023 academic year.

Provost Sally Kornbluth announced this funding opportunity in November 2021, building on last year’s grants focused on “Race, Racism and the History of the American South.”

The new projects cover a wide range of topics that highlight the depth and diversity of faculty expertise at Duke. Priority consideration was given to proposals that engage with issues of particular relevance to Durham and North Carolina.

Projects, Lead Faculty and Collaborators

Advancing Racial Health Equity: Developing Novel Approaches to Study Systemic Racism and Health

Tyson Brown, Associate Professor of Sociology

Bioethics and Black Church: Addressing Racial Inequalities and Black Women’s Health in North Carolina

Wylin Wilson, Assistant Professor of Theological Ethics

A Close Examination of Racial Inequality in Foster Care in Durham, North Carolina 

Elizabeth Gifford, Associate Research Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Research Collaborators: Elizabeth Snyder-FicklerLindsay TerrellLaura StilwellYuerong LiuMegan Golonka

Community Partnerships and Pedagogies of Racial Justice: Identifying, Understanding and Challenging Raciolinguistic Practices in the Duke and Durham Communities

Luciana Fellin, Professor of the Practice of Romance Studies
Research Collaborators: Dominika BaranLiliana ParedesDavid MaloneHae-Young Kim

Double Consciousness: Perspectives on Composition in Black Music and Poetry

Tsitsi Jaji, Associate Professor of English
Research Collaborator: Stephen Jaffe

Environmental Health Study of the Pauli Murray Center

Joel Meyer, Truman and Nellie Semans/Alex Brown and Sons Associate Professor of Molecular Environmental Toxicology

Exploring Black History on the Blue Ridge Parkway

Anne Whisnant, Associate Professor in the Social Science Research Institute

Housing Market Activity, Racial-Ethnic Inequality in Housing Insecurity, and School Success

Anna Gassman-Pines, WLF Bass Connections Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Research Collaborators: Marcos RangelElizabeth GiffordWarren LowellSarah Dickerson

Implicit Racial Moral Approach Avoidance Tendencies: Basic and Practical Applications

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Chauncey Stillman Distinguished Professor of Practical Ethics
Research Collaborators: Sarah GaitherScott HuettelPaul McKee

A Jury of Your Peers? Examining the Inclusivity of North Carolina’s Jury Pools

James E. Coleman, Jr., John S. Bradway Distinguished Professor of the Practice of Law
Research Collaborator: Emily Coward

Linguistic Discrimination and Anti-Racism

Edna Andrews, Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Distinguished Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Research Collaborator: Lee Baker

The Origins and Evolution of Critical Race Theory: An Oral History

Trina Jones, Jerome M. Culp Distinguished Professor of Law

Police Funding and Racial Inequalities in Policing: Evidence From the Post-Civil Rights Era

Adriane Fresh, Assistant Professor of Political Science
Research Collaborator: Nick Eubank

Race and the History of North Carolina’s Gun Laws

Darrell Miller, Melvin G. Shimm Professor of Law
Research Collaborators: Joseph BlocherJacob Charles

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Use and Outcomes of Non-COVID-Related Care Among Medicaid Enrollees in North Carolina

Kate Bundorf, J. Alexander McMahon Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management
Research Collaborator: Brystana Kaufman

Reckoning with Race-Based Exclusion in Jury Pools in North Carolina County Court

Jay Pearson, Associate Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Research Collaborator: Doug Brook

The Role of Corporations in Achieving Racial Equity

H. Timothy Lovelace, Jr., Professor of Law
Research Collaborator: Gina-Gail Fletcher

School Suspensions and Racial Inequality: Lessons From Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools

Sarah Komisarow, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics