Terry Maroney named to 2022 cohort of Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars

Jan 18, 2022

Terry Maroney has been named to the 2022 cohort of Russell Sage Foundation Visiting Scholars. Maroney is one of 14 scholars selected for the one-year program, representing various academic disciplines—including sociology, economics, political science and history—from universities throughout the United States. Maroney is the only legal scholar chosen for this cohort.

Terry Maroney

Scholars spend a year in residence at the Russell Sage Foundation headquarters in New York City.

Maroney will work on a book examining the role of emotion in judges’ experiences, behaviors and decision making. Her work draws on in-depth interview and survey data Maroney has collected with sitting judges across the United States. Maroney’s work furthers RSF’s commitment to research examining how emotion influences social, economic, political, and legal behaviors.

The diverse scholars who will join Maroney in the 2022 cohort will pursue projects examining social, political and economic inequality, as well as race, ethnicity and immigration. They will focus on health disparities, incarceration, geographic shifts in poverty and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on low-wage service workers with children. Three prominent scholars of race—Thomas C. Holt, Claude Steele and Margaret Beale Spencer—will also be in residence as Margaret Olivia Sage Scholars.

“I am honored and thrilled,” Maroney said. “I am particularly excited to work with and learn from my fellow scholars. I began this research as a fellow with the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, where I was surrounded by brilliant and supportive colleagues, all of whom left their mark on me. To write the book in a similar environment at the Russell Sage Foundation is a dream.”

Maroney holds the Robert S. and Theresa L. Reder Chair in Law and is a professor of medicine, health and society at Vanderbilt University. Her work on judges’ emotions and how they regulate them in varied work contexts forms the backbone of her scholarly focus.

The Russell Sage Foundation was established by Margaret Olivia Sage in 1907 to support the improvement of social and living conditions in the United States. The foundation now dedicates itself to strengthening the methods, data and theoretical core of the social sciences as a means of diagnosing social problems and improving social policies. In addition to Visiting Scholars programs, the foundation funds scholarly research projects and publishes books and journals, including The Russell Sage Foundation Journal of the Social Sciences.

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