ISSR Announces 2014-15 Scholars

The Institute for Social Science Research has selected six faculty members to serve as its 2014-15 scholars:

  • Dania Francis, assistant professor, economics and Afro-American studies
  • Naomi Gerstel, professor of sociology
  • Ray La Raja, associate professor of political science
  • Bernhard Leidner, assistant professor, psychology of peace and violence program
  • Rebecca Ready, associate professor of psychology
  • Kristine Yu, assistant professor of linguistics

ISSR scholars participate in a yearlong seminar that helps them each develop a strong research grant proposal. In addition to attending in-depth sessions on grant writing and receiving valuable peer feedback on their proposals, ISSR scholars are given opportunities to consult with nationally recognized experts about their proposals.

Each scholar has identified a proposal to pursue. From the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, Yu will develop a proposal titled “Predicting Upcoming Sentence Structure from Word Pronunciation.” Leidner and Ready are from the College of Natural Sciences; their respective proposals are titled “Is Intergroup Violence Healthy or Unhealthy for People on the Perpetrating Side? The Effects of Ingroup-Committed Violence on Physical and Mental Health” and “Emotion Regulation across the Adult Lifespan: Delimiting Vulnerabilities in Later Life.” The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is represented by Francis, Gerstel and La Raja, whose respective proposal titles are “Non-Cognitive Skills in Education;” “Families and the College Experience: The Role of Class, Race and Gender;” and “Exploring Reforms to Improve U.S. Democracy.”

The mission of ISSR is to promote excellence in social science research. One of its goals is to strengthen existing social science infrastructure on campus in order to stimulate high-quality scholarship.