Funded Projects

Encouraging Fresh Perspectives

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

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Avidan Y. Cover

Associate Professor of Law 

Human Rights Violations in the Occupied Palestinian Territory

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Lee Hoffer

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology

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

Project Collaboration with Allison Schlosser

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Janet W. McGrath

Professor of Anthropology

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

With Co-Researcher Andrew Rollins

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Andrew Rollins

Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Medicine

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

With Co-Researcher Janet W. McGrath

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Matthew J. Rossman

Professor of Law

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

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Diana Bilimoria

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

Lost and Found - Collective Identity Recovery through Legacy

Project collaboration with Morgan Bulger + Keimei Sugiyama

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Cassi Pittman

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

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

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Kelly McMann

Associate Professor of Political Science

The Quest for Rights & Justice in Authoritarian Enclaves

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Timothy Black

Associate Professor of Sociology

Masculinities, Fatherhood, and Marginalized Urban Communities

Course Redesign Grants 

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Daniel Lacks

C. Benson Branch Professor of Chemical Engineering

An Interdisciplinary Engineering-focused Social Justice Capstone

Graduate Student Grants 

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Lacey Caporale

Graduate Student, Department of Sociology

An Investigation of the Detroit Shoreway Developing Neighborhood

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Elizabeth Nalepa

Graduate Student, Department of Sociology

The Effects of TRAP Laws on the Timing of Abortion

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Megan Schmidt-Sane

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

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

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Frank Manzella

Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology

Transnational Health Care in Urban Brazil

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Allison Schlosser

Graduate Student, Department of Anthropology

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

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Yan Zhang

Graduate Student, Department of Medical Anthropology

Family Care Arrangement and Elder Mistreatment for Dementia Patients in China

Undergraduate Student Grants 

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MaryTherese Escueta

Senior, Sociology and Dance

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

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Anjana Renganathan

Senior, Biology

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

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Suneil Kamath

Sophomore, Business Management

Hip-Hop Education and Learning (HEAL)