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xvii Acknowledgments | This book is the culmination of more than thirteen years of collaborative work, made possible by the generosity of the funders, colleagues, students , friends, and family we thank here. Our words only begin to capture our gratitude. The first wave of the MTO Qualitative Study in Baltimore (MTOQ5) was generously funded by the Russell Sage Foundation, from 2003–2004, and administered through the National Bureau of Economic Research.1 At Princeton, the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing provided two postdoctoral fellowships for the first year of the MTOQ5 study, and the Center for Health and Wellbeing provided one postdoctoral fellowship for the next two years of coding and analyzing the data from this first wave. Jeffrey Kling, then at the Center for Health and Wellbeing, secured funding for summer salaries for Princeton undergraduate students to transcribe and code interviews from MTOQ5, as well as funding for another fulltime research assistant to code the youth and teacher interviews. We are also very grateful to the significant commitment that the William T. Grant Foundation made to our project. The foundation funded the MTOQ10 pilot study in 2006, and provided the primary support for the 2010–2012 MTOQ10 fieldwork, analysis, and writing through a major grant.2 The William T. Grant Foundation also funded writing and analysis time for Stefanie DeLuca through a Faculty Scholars Award from 2008–2012.3 Ann Owens and Susan Clampet-Lundquist conducted their analysis of neighborhood poverty data and mobility patterns for Baltimore MTO households through a research grant from the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis. This analysis provided the measures that we used in this book for neighborhood poverty. Stefanie DeLuca received additional support for writing and analysis through fellowships from the Spencer Foundation and the Century Foundation.4 We have greatly appreciated the support of staff in the Office of Policy Development and Research at the Department of Housing and Urban De- xviii      Acknowledgments velopment, especially Todd Richardson, Mark Shroder, Ronald Hill, and Elizabeth Rudd. Over the last decade, we have benefitted from conversations and conferences with other social scientists involved in MTO research , including Xavier de Souza Briggs, Greg Duncan, John Goering, Jeff Kling, Jens Ludwig, and Susan Popkin. We also thank Alex Polikoff, Barbara Samuels, Philip Tegeler, Mike Daniel, Demetria McCain, and Betsy Julian for inspiring us through their fight to provide better neighborhoods and schools for our nation’s most disadvantaged families and children. The Department of Sociology at Johns Hopkins University provided administrative and grant support for DeLuca and Kathryn Edin. At Johns Hopkins, we received unparalleled administrative support from Megan Prior, Terri Thomas, Jean Free, Nancy Foltz, Jessie Albee, and Trinard Sharpe. Through the Summer Scholars program, Saint Joseph’s University provided an undergraduate research assistant for Susan Clampet-Lundquist for two summers to work on coding and analyzing youth interviews across MTOQ5, the pilot study, and MTOQ10. As we note in more detail in the Study History and Appendix, the work we conducted in Baltimore was a truly collaborative effort, a project we could not have done alone. First, we thank the other fieldworkers who conducted the interviews and ethnographic observations. For MTOQ5 (2003–2004), we thank Annette Waters, Alessandra Del Conte Dickovick, Rebecca Kissane, Anita Zuberi, and Jennifer Pashup. For MTOQ10 (2010– 2012), we thank Melody Boyd, Barbara Condliffe, Siri Warkentien, Tracey Shollenberger, Peter Rosenblatt, Eva Rosen, Kathryn Mercogliano, Bridget Davis, Marisa Edin-Nelson, Kaitlin Edin-Nelson, Megan Holland, Queenie Zhu, Carly Knight, Jacqueline Hwang, Tanya Lukasik, and Anna Westin. For the ethnographic component (2012–2014), we thank Jennifer Darrah, Anna Rhodes, Elizabeth Talbert, Brielle Bryan, Peter Rosenblatt, Eva Rosen, and Phil Garboden. We especially thank Gretchen Wright and Melody Boyd for their assistance with grant support and coding. Jessica Wallace and Margaret Prisinzano, students from Saint Joseph’s University, along with Melody Boyd and Peter Rosenblatt, diligently coded all the transcripts from MTOQ10. Additional coding, reliability, and data analysis for the book was conducted by Holly Koogler, Robert Francis, Allison Young, Blythe George, Kevin Wells, Juliana Wittman, Jason Wright, and Olivia Long. Jeffrey Grigg and Curt Cronister at Johns Hopkins School of Education and the Baltimore Education Research Consortium generously provided data for our analyses of the Baltimore City Public Schools. Siri Warkentien conducted supplemental analyses from the NLSY97, and Erik Westlund provided additional feedback on national trends in college selectivity, afford- Acknowledgments      xix ability, and default rates. Erin Brereton copyedited the original draft of the manuscript. A number of...


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