Funded Projects - Faculty

To encourage innovation and scholarship, the Social Justice Institute has established a Social Justice Research Fellowship Program that, through competitive 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 support faculty, graduate and undergraduate research over the years. 

The following are our Faculty Fellows over the past decade.

2022-2023 Recipients

Headshot of Timothy Black
History of Imprisonment in Ohio

Tim Black, Professor of Sociology

Vivian Pryor and Paola Van der Linden Costello, Undergraduate Students

Expected outcomes: a complete history of the creation of prisons and jails in Ohio, maps of the locations of these facilities over time, the demographic changes in the prison population over time, and the changes in types of crimes resulting in incarceration in jails and prisons across time. Additionally, expected to identify the key legislative policies that are related to these changes and to visually record them in our historical trajectories and maps.

2019-2020 Recipients


Center for Engineering Action Leadership Team
Center for Engineering Action Symposium on Responsible Community Partnerships

Andrew Rollins, Kurt Rhoads, Umut Gurkan, and Lynn Rollins

Center for Engineering Action (CEngA) Leadership Team

Shai White


Race, Food and Justice 2020: Analyzing the Urban Food Movement through a Social Justice Lens

Shaii White

Application Coordinator, Graduate Admissions, Weatherhead School of Management



Sing my Brother, Sing! Say what’s on your mind; Do it with a rhyme! with Dr. David L. Moody

Loretta Laffitte-Griffin

Coordinator, CWRU Cashier's Office

2018-2019 Recipient

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Clinician Perspectives on Racial Disparities in Infant Mortality

Marsha Michie

Assistant Professor of Bioethics 

Project collaboration with Kavita Shah Arora + Aaron J. Goldenberg


2017-2018 Recipients

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

Lee Hoffer

Associate Professor of Anthropology

Photograph of Avidan Cover in front of the Israel-Palestinian border wall with grafitti

Project Collaboration with Allison Schlosser


Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

Avidan Y. Cover

Associate Professor of Law 

2016-2017 Recipients

Portrait of Matthew Rossman


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

Matthew J. Rossman

Professor of Law

View the research abstract and article here.


Portrait of Janet W. McGrath
Portrait of Andrew Rollins
Anthropology-Engineering Collaborative (AEC): Designing Interdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Problems

Janet W. McGrath, Professor of Anthropology

Andrew Rollins, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine

2015-2016 Recipients


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Lost and Found - Collective Identity Recovery through Legacy

Diana Bilimoria

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

Project collaboration with Morgan Bulger + Keimei Sugiyama


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

Cassi Pittman

Assistant Professor of Sociology

2014-2015 Recipients

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The Quest for Rights & Justice in Authoritarian Enclaves

Kelly McMann

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Masculinities, Fatherhood, and Marginalized Urban Communities

Timothy Black

Associate Professor of Sociology

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Course Redesign Grant: An Interdisciplinary Engineering-focused Social Justice Capstone

Daniel Lacks

C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering