The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified disparities in health and in social and economic well-being among demographic and socioeconomic groups in America. Many low-wage workers are now considered to be essential workforce participants, and states’ various attempts to “reopen” their economies force Americans in already difficult circumstances at home to decide between workforce participation and safety for themselves and for their children or parents. Research is also showing that working mothers are disproportionately leaving the workforce and that the effects could be felt for years to come.
The American Academy of Political and Social Science (AAPSS) assembled a panel of experts for an online conversation about the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on vulnerable working families, and the social and economic policies and interventions that could help put these families back on track.
- Isabel Sawhill, Senior Fellow, Economic Studies, Center on Children and Families, Future of the Middle Class Initiative, Brookings
- Michal Grinstein-Wiess, Shanti K. Khinduka Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Policy Initiatives at the Brown School at Washington University
- Molly Kinder, David M. Rubenstein Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings
- Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics, Harvard University
- Nisha Patel, Senior Fellow, Social Policy Institute, Washington University
Each year, AAPSS invites a small group of outstanding scholars/public servants to join the Academy as Fellows. Fellows are elected in recognition of their contributions to advancement of the social sciences. Each Fellowship is named after a distinguished scholar or civic leader who has contributed to The Annals. Reflecting the broad and interdisciplinary nature of the Academy, Fellows include sociologists, political scientists, psychologists and economists, as well as scholars and practitioners in communications, education, government and public policy.
The AAPSS Board has elected five distinguished scholars–Katherine Cramer, Eric Foner, Helen Milner, Mario Small, and Bruce Western–to be inducted as Fellows of the Academy in its 2020 cohort. To mark the induction, these five scholars will participate in an online discussion.
The AAPSS partnered with the School of Education and Human Development at The George Washington University to consider the issues of inequality and digital learning that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, bringing researchers with expertise in those areas together with policy makers and educators in charge of schools and school systems. In a moderated research and practice seminar, the discussants addressed critical questions that should be priorities for the research community as practitioners seek evidence and advice, and considered what guidance extant research offers on mitigation of learning loss and the role of technology in schooling.
The featured discussants for the online seminar were Carl Cohn, Claremont Graduate University; Michael Feuer, George Washington University; Rebecca Maynard, University of Pennsylvania; Natalie Milman, George Washington University; and Hirokazu Yoshikawa, New York University.