University of Illinois at Chicago Funds 17 Research Projects on Racial Inequality

The University of Illinois at Chicago’s Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy is funding 17, year-long research projects that will study racial and ethnic inequalities in health, justice, economics, and education. Among the research projects being conducted by faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago under the grants program will be:

• Neighborhood Effects on African American Preterm Births

• Comfort Food and Depression Among African Americans and Latinos

• Ethnic Culture as a Protective Factor Against Suicide in African American Women

• Obstructive Sleep Apnea in African Americans

• The Impact of Race and Ethnicity on Release From the Juvenile Justice System

• Racialized Roles in Globalized Corporate Environments

• Equity in Inclusive Education

The Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy is under the direction of Beth E. Richie, a professor of African American studies and criminology, law, and justice. She is the author of Compelled to Crime: the Gender Entrapment of Black Battered Women (Routledge). She has been on the UIC faculty since 1998. Dr. Richie is a graduate of Cornell University. She holds a master of social work degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a Ph.D. in sociology from the City University of New York.

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