Past Graduate Seed Grant Awardees

Below is a list of recent CAPS Graduate Seed Grant awardees, with Harvard department and proposal topic or title.


Spring 2022


Jacob Anbinder (History): Cities of Amber: Antigrowth Politics and the Remaking of American Liberalism, 1950-2008

Sahil chinoy (Economics): Presenting "How Neighborhoods Shape Political Behavior: Evidence from Young Movers" at American Association for Public Opinion Research 2022 Conference

Angelo Dagonel (Government): To fund research at National Archives to uncover patterns in interbranch and intergovernmental relations with administrative agencies responsible for implementing immigration policy

Noah Daponte-Smith (Government): To fund survey experiments to gauge two quantities of interest: the extent of Americans’ knowledge about place-based inequalities, and the extent to which knowledge of place-based inequalities informs or otherwise alters individuals’ voting behavior and preferences over redistribution. 

Kevin DeLuca (Government, HKS): Presenting "Candidate Quality, Newspaper Endorsements, and the Influence of Biased Local News" at annual APSA conference

Leah Gose (Sociology): Presenting "A Dimensional Approach to Understanding Organizationally-Embedded Services and Inequities within the Social Safety Net" at 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Assoc.

Brian Highsmith (Government): Presenting "Municipal Hoarding and the Fragmentation of Local Tax Bases" at annual Law & Society conference

Hanno Hilbig (Government): To understand if correcting misperceptions about the sizes of salient minority groups affects support for democratic governance among majority group respondents

Jacob Hoerger (Government): To fund archival research to understand how Americans who participated in 19th century popular education movements conceived of the relationship between mass education and democracy

Dorothy Manevich (Government): Pluralistic Ignorance and Activism Against Abortion Bans

Catharina O'Donnell (Sociology): Presenting "Political Discourse Across the American Social Movement Landscape from 2018 to 2022" at 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological  Assoc. 

Chika Okafor (Economics): Exploring Prosecutor Behavior and its Impact on Society

Saul Ramirez (Sociology): To conduct in-depth interviews with immigrants born in Mexico, who were deported, and returned to the United States

Dom Valentino (Government): Modeling Diversity in Open Text

Kirsten Walters (Government): To understand the contexts in which political party organizations still influence electoral processes



Fall 2021


Matthew Brooke (Sociology): Early conservative broadcasting

Gwen Calais-Haase (Government): Bureaucratic qualities of congressional committee staff

Noah Daponte-Smith (Government): Geographic appeals of political candidates

Meredith Dost (Government & Social Policy): Medicaid responses to COVID-19

Alice Heath (Public Policy): Welfare stigma and take up of targeted benefits

Eve O'Connor (American Studies): Cooperative League of the United States

Connor Phillips (Government): Historical data collection of interest group endorsements in state legislative elections 

Hunter Rendleman (Government): Campaign rhetoric of minority-group candidates 

Erica Sterling (History): The Ford Foundation's role, with the federal government,  in empowering states to desegregate schools

Arjun Vishwanath (Government): The role that values play in representation in American politics

Jacob Waggoner (Government): Issue cleavages between American political parties, and how and why they change

Joseph Wallerstein (Sociology): How and to what extent society should identify, assist, and govern people who are homeless or lack stable housing


Spring 2021


Kenneth Alyass (History): From the Motor City to the Murder City: Race, Class, and Crime in Detroit, 1970-2000

Jacob Anbinder (History): Cities of Amber: Antigrowth Politics andthe Making of Modern Liberalism, 1950–2008

Soubhik Barari (Government): Understanding How New Media Shapes Political Attitudes

Connor Jerzak (Government): Linking Datasets on Organizations Using Half a Billion Open Collaborated Records

Jaein Lee (Education): Institutional practices and norms perceived by first-generation low-income students of color as barriers in navigating the college system

Mary McNeil (American Studies): Comparative studies of the Black Power and Red Power Movements of the 1960's/70's

Chika Okafor (Economics): The Impact of Messaging and Political Agreement on Support for Climate Policies

Meg Perret (History): The Complicated Sex Lives of Endangered Species

Nicholas Short (Government & Social Policy): Antitrust Reform and American Political Economy

Kirsten Slungaard (Education): Language Skills and the Civic Incorporation of Immigrants in the United States

Arjun Vishwanath (Government): Role of values in representation in American politics

Jacob Waggoner (Government): Inequality of local land ownership in the contemporary US and its consequences


Fall 2020


Phoebe Cai (Economics): Inattention and Political Belief Formation

Gwen Calais-Haase (Government): Bureaucratic qualities of congressional committee staff

Chris Chaky (Government): The Opioid Crisis and Drug Policy: Does Local Context Shape Public Opinion?

Leah Gose (Sociology): Local responses to increased hunger in American suburban communities

Sarah James (Government): State investment in research agencies and research capacity

Samantha Payne (History): Global reconstruction of plantation capitalism in the late nineteenth century

Casey Petroff (Government & HKS): The Impact of Mass Media on Scientific Literacy: Evidence from High School Football


Spring 2020


Elena Ayala-Hurtado (Sociology): Insecurity and Political Participation among Young University Graduates in the United States and Spain

Joseph Bruch (Public Health): Effect of private equity on healthcare

DeAnza Cook (History): Chronic Crime Warfare: Operation Ceasefire and The Dissemination of Problem-Oriented Police Science in Twenty-First Century Cities, 1968-2018

Nino Crico (Sociology): Examining How Neighborhoods Shape Race Differences in Police Use of Force

Jarrett Drake (Anthropology): Immigrant Socialists and the Legacy of Slavery

Mark Hill (Government): Success of strategies of scandalized politicians to repair reputation

Sarah James (Government): Conference travel funding

Andrew Keefe (Sociology): How first-generation college students avoid and participate in public interest drift at elite law schools

Amy Lakeman (Government): Under what conditions can politics change religious beliefs?
religious beliefs?

Jaein Lee (Education): First-generation, Low-income Immigrant College Students’ Social Supports Beyond Campus

Saul Levin: The use of Redwoods National Park expansion programs as precedent for the Green New Deal

Moira McCrave (Harvard Design School): Private equity and mobile home industry

Shannon Parker (Government): Civil justice: the politics of state courts and intimate partner violence

Meg Perret (History): Nature Divided, Scientists United

William Pruitt (African and African American Studies): The relationship between Black U.S. president thought experiments pre-Obama and Obama's Presidency

Elizabeth Thom (Government & Social Policy): Social Benefits and the Urban-Rural Divide

Michael Zanger-Tishler (Sociology): The identifiability of Jewish individuals based on religious attire in public

Shira Zilberstein (Sociology): Competing Truths: Determining the Trustworthiness of Information


Fall 2019


Kenneth Alyass (History): Eight Mile Frontier: Law and Order Politics and Suburban Separatism

Soubhik Barari (Government): Local government behavior

Tim Barker (History): Political economy of defense spending in post-1945 U.S

Riley Carney (Government): Urban-rural divide in political ideology

Chris Havasy (Government): Conference travel funding

Harvard Experiments Working Group: Graduate Student Conference

Katherine Irajpanah (Governor): Who Votes for War? Evidence from Congressional Voting, 1945-2011

Hanna Katz (Sociology): Studying university campus police forces

Alex Mierke-Zatwarnicki (Government): Why there is no socialism in America

Roland Neil (Sociology): Conference travel funding

Jasmine Olivier (Sociology): Community policing in Boston

Bo Yun Park (Sociology): Changing scripts of political leadership

Daphne Penn (Education): Immigrants and secondary education system

Justin Pottle (Government): Radio networks for political broadcasting in U.S.


Spring 2019


Jacob Brown (Government): Conference travel funding

Kierstan Carter (African and African American Studies): Literature and Legitimacy: the Politics of Black Fictions after 1965

Allison Daminger (Sociology): Who’s Thinking About the Housework? Class, Gender, and the Division of Cognitive Labor

Naima Green (Government): How States Make Friends and Influence People Overseas: Using Applications of Political Psychology to Understand Chinese Public Diplomacy in the U.S.

Nina Halty (History): From Slaves to Subjects: Forging Freedom in the Canadian Legal System 

Reid Higginson (Education): Studying college completion

Hanna Katz (Sociology): In Loco Parentis: The Boundary Work of Campus Police

Andrew Keefe (Sociology): Conference travel funds

Mayya Komisarchik (Government): Conference travel funds

Audrey Latura (Government): Women, Firms, and the State

Andrew Leber (Government): Intervening Variables: Ethnic Differences and Support for War in the United States 

Abigail Mariam (Sociology): Deciding to Do More: Volunteerism in Local Community Groups

Adam Mastroianni (Psychology): How well can people perceive, and take the perspective of, those who disagree with them politically

Robin McDowell (African and African American Studies): Swamp Capitalism: Louisiana Plantations, Petrochemicals, and Racialized Labor

Samantha Melton (Harvard Divinity School): Role of AR/VR in two varying international carceral settings

Connor Phillips (Government): Conference travel fund

Ethan Raker (Sociology): FEMA Aid

Jared Schachner (Sociology): Neighborhood Inequality and Place-Based Policymaking at Scale: Los Angeles County 2010-2030

Simon Sun (American Studies): The Chinese Origins of the American Revolution in the Middle Colonies

Elizabeth Thom (Government): Understanding Policy Feedback in Rural and Conservative America


Fall 2018


Laura Adler (Sociology): Pay-Setting and Gender Inequality after the "Salary History Ban"

Kristina Brant (Sociology): Navigating Rental Housing Markets in Rural Appalachia

Jacob Brown (Government): Does Learning Your Neighbor's Partisanship Reduce Partisan Conflict?

George Gallwey (History): Public credit and history of economic thought in the early United States

Harvard Experimental Working Group: Graduate Student Conference

Gabrielle Malina (Government): Do politics motivate peoples' decisions about religious affiliation

Bo Yun Park (Sociology): The Changing Scripts of Political Leadership in the United States, France, and Canada

Sun Young Park (Government): Inequality, Middle-Class Illusion, and Redistribution

Sarah Sdlier (History): Native American Service in the US Military, 1876-Present

Jared Schachner (Sociology): Skill-based Contextual Sorting in an Era of Choice-Oriented Urban Policy

Elliot Stoller (Sociology): Federal regulatory rule-making process and impact on social, environmental and economic outcomes

Simon Sun (American Studies): The Chinese Origins of the American Revolution in South Carolina

Mo Torres (Sociology): Post-Indistrial Decline, Urban Renewal, and the Politics of Economic 'Emergency'

Madeline Williams (History): Unseen History: The Politics of Blindness and Sight in the United States