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Social Justice Research Fellowships

The Social Justice Institute Leadership Team members represent a wide variety of disciplines and research interests and are always looking to expand their knowledge and extend the university's reach. Case Western Reserve University students are no less inquisitive and committed to pursuing social justice in a myriad of ways. 

To encourage innovation and scholarship, the institute has established a Social Justice Research Fellowship Program that, through grants, funds faculty and student research that advances social justice work, from humanistic inquiry to action research.

Previous grants have supported proposals that focus on issues that are both local and global. From youth development to elderly care; from political systems to individual recovery efforts, these projects have represented the same diversity as their recipients. The Social Justice Institute is proud to announce the faculty, graduate and undergraduate research fellows, past and present:

Faculty Research Grants

Avidan Y. Cover

2017-2018

Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Avidan Y. Cover

Associate Professor of Law
Lee Hoffer

2017-2018

Using Photovoice to Capture Diverse Experiences of Cleveland's Opioid Crisis

Project Collaboration with Allison Schlosser

Lee Hoffer

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Janet W. McGrath

2016-2017

Anthropology-Engineering Collaborative (AEC): Designing Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Problems

With Co-Researcher Andrew Rollins

Janet W. McGrath

Professor of Anthropology
Andrew Rollins

2016-2017

Anthropology- Engineering Collaborative (AEC): Designing Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Problems

With Co-Researcher Janet W. McGrath

Andrew Rollins

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine
Matthew J. Rossman

2016-2017

In Search Of . . . Smarter and Fairer Approaches to Federal Tax Subsidies

Matthew J. Rossman

Professor of Law
Diana Bilimoria

2015-2016

Lost and Found - Collective Identity Recovery through Legacy

Project collaboration with Morgan Bulger + Keimei Sugiyama

Diana Bilimoria

KeyBank Professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Behavior at the Weatherhead School of Management
Cassi Pittman

2015-2016

Forest Hill Neighborhood Study - How Racial and Cultural Affinities Inform Residential Preferences and Considerations of Neighborhood Desirability

Cassi Pittman

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
Kelly McMann

2014-2015

The Quest for Rights & Justice in Authoritarian Enclaves

Kelly McMann

Associate Professor of Political Science
Timothy Black

2014-2015

Masculinities, Fatherhood, and Marginalized Urban Communities

Timothy Black

Associate Professor of Sociology

Course Redesign Grants

Daniel Lacks

2014-2015

An Interdisciplinary Engineering-focused Social Justice Capstone

Daniel Lacks

C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering

Graduate Student Grants

Lacey Caporale

2017-2018

An Investigation of the Detroit Shoreway Developing Neighborhood

Lacey Caporale

Graduate Student, Department of Sociology
Elizabeth Nalepa

2016-2017

The Effects of TRAP Laws on the Timing of Abortion

Elizabeth Nalepa

Graduate Student, Department of Sociology
Megan Schmidt-Sane

2016-2017

Masculinity, Gender Norms and HIV Risk in Low-Income Communities in Kampala, Uganda: An ethnographic pilot study

Megan Schmidt-Sane

Graduate Student, Medical Anthropology (Graduate School of Arts + Sciences)
Frank Manzella

2015-2016

Transnational Health Care in Urban Brazil

Frank Manzella

Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
Allison Schlosser

2014-2015

Belonging and Experience: An Ethnographic Study of Addiction Treatment in the Post-Welfare United States

Allison Schlosser

Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology
Yan Zhang

2014-2015

Family Care Arrangement and Elder Mistreatment for Dementia Patients in China

Yan Zhang

Graduate Student, Department of Medical Anthropology

Undergraduate Student Grants

MaryTherese Escueta

2017-2018

"I Do Wanna Dance": The Lived Experiences of Professional Dancers of Color

MaryTherese Escueta

Senior, Sociology and Dance
Anjana Renganathan

2017-2018

A Dynamic Analysis and History of Street Medics in the United States

Anjana Renganathan

Senior, Biology
Suneil Kamath

2014-2015

Hip-Hop Education and Learning (HEAL)

Suneil Kamath

Sophomore, Business Management