Student Resources: Confronting Structural Racism in Quantitative Research

Saturday, November 9, 2019: 3:15 PM-4:45 PM
I.M Pei Tower: Terrace Level, Biltmore (Sheraton Denver Downtown)

*Names in bold indicate Presenter

Moderators:  Lam Pham, Vanderbilt University and Rachel M. Perera, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Speakers:  Steven Brown, Urban Institute, John Martinez, MDRC, Felipe Goncalves, University of California, Los Angeles and Susan Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University

Policy researchers are generally aware that variables describing an individuals’ race/ethnicity and/or an organizations’ racial/ethnic makeup are important enough to be included in regression models, but are often not well positioned to develop and test hypotheses for how and why racial disparities emerge and/or persist or appropriately contextualize findings within a much broader history of racial inequality. The data generating process and how variables are parameterized also has important implications for studying structural racism using quantitative methods. Panelists in this session will offer a variety of lessons learned and strategies for appropriately addressing the structures and systems of racism in the content and communication of quantitative policy research. Audience members will be invited to pose questions to the panelists and offer their own strategies for using quantitative methods to study racial inequality.

Moderators: Rachel Perera, Pardee RAND Graduate School and Lam Pham, Vanderbilt University

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