Jamein Cunningham named Emerging Poverty Scholar Fellow

Jamein Cunningham standing in front of brick wall

Jamein Cunningham, assistant professor, Cornell Brooks School, has been named an Emerging Poverty Scholar Fellow by the University of Wisconsin’s-Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP). The IRP’s Emerging Poverty Scholars Fellowships provide exceptional junior scholars from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations with flexible funding over a two-year award period.

The Fellowship supports the career development and success of these scholars by

  • enhancing the resources available to them;
  • providing high-quality one-on-one mentoring from nationally renowned senior poverty scholars; and
  • fostering interaction among a diverse set of scholars through quarterly meetings with the Emerging Scholars cohort and experts in the field; and
  • providing opportunities to highlight the research of the Emerging Scholars through IRP products and events in order to broaden the corps of U.S. poverty researchers.

Beyond providing Fellows with flexible funding and opportunities for expanding their networks and receiving feedback on their research and career trajectories, the program intends to establish long-term relationships between Fellows and other poverty scholars, which may lead to future collaborations.

Dr. Cunningham’s interests lie at the intersection of economic history and urban economics, with particular emphasis on the lasting impact of public policies from the 1960s and 1970s. Cunningham’s research agenda currently consists of four broad overarching themes focusing on institutional discrimination, access to social justice, crime and criminal justice, and racial inequality. He plans to focus his time as a Fellow completing two new projects: “Access to Public Assistance and Infant Mortality: Evidence from the Legal Services Program in the 1960s”; and “The War on Drugs, Byrne Grants, and Incarceration,” with co-author Robynn Cox.