Kristin Turney will receive a five-year, $350,000 award to support her work. Credit: UCI

Kristin Turney, associate professor of sociology, has been named a 2016 William T. Grant Scholar – one of only five researchers selected from a nationwide pool. The recognition includes a five-year, $350,000 award to support her work on the intergenerational consequences of paternal incarceration during childhood and adolescence. She will combine information from in-depth and longitudinal interviews she’s conducting with more than 120 families in Orange County (supported by the National Science Foundation) with survey data from the Fragile Families & Child Wellbeing Study and the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study to determine how long the effects of paternal incarceration last and who is most affected. Her goal is to better understand how paternal incarceration contributes to inequality across generations and how this inequality can be diminished. The William T. Grant Foundation funding brings Turney’s total external research support to $850,000 since she arrived at UCI in 2011. Her work has been published in Social Problems, Social Forces, the Journal of Marriage & Family, the American Sociological Review and the Journal of Health & Social Behavior.