Faculty earn accolades

Assistant Professor of PPS Christina M. Gibson-Davis today was awarded a five-year, $300,000 grant for research titled “Marriage and Parenthood in the Lives of Adolescents and Young Adults” by the William T. Grant Foundation, making her a William T. Grant Scholar.

The goal of the program is to identify exceptional early career scholars and provide financing, mentoring and experience to support and enhance their research. The highly competitive program selects only four to six scholars each year through a peer-reviewed application process. Previous Sanford professors who earned W.T Grant awards include Associate Professor Jacob Vigdor in 2004.

In addition, Gibson-Davis’s article “A Cautionary Tale: Using Propensity Scores to Estimate the Impact of Food Stamps on Food Insecurity,” co-authored with Michael Foster, earned the 2007 Frank R. Bruel Memorial Prize for best article in Social Service Review.

Also in April, Duke’s Trinity College of Arts & Sciences named Robert Korstad the Kevin D. Gorter Associate Professor of Public Policy Studies and History, as part of the Bass Program for Excellent Undergraduate Education. The program recognizes faculty who are gifted teachers as well as scholars.