Competition: US & Canada
Guanglei Hong’s research has focused on developing methods for understanding the impacts of social and educational policies on child and youth development. A professor in the Department of Comparative Human Development and Inaugural Chair of the Committee on Quantitative Methods in Social, Behavioral, and Health Sciences at the University of Chicago, she is the author of the book Causality in the Social World and multiple widely-used methodologies for drawing valid inferences about causal relationships, for investigating heterogeneity in human responses to external interventions, and for rigorously testing theories about the mechanisms through which such exposures generate impacts. She has received funding for research from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the William T. Grant Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation.
Hong’s Guggenheim Fellowship will support research into the impacts of the Great Recession on youth transition to adulthood with short-term and long-term implications for developmental paths in multiple domains of life. These include the degree of disconnection from school and work and its consequences for mental health and substance abuse. Comparing across different classes of origin, gender, and racial/ethnic groups, the project examines the role that inequality plays in shaping the impacts of a major economic downturn.
Photo courtesy of the Fellow.