Bob Kahn was a pioneer in organizational theory, and successful aging, which he not only researched, but embodied until his passing earlier this year at the age of 100. The Robert Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues was established by the students, colleagues, family and friends of Bob to honor his lifelong commitment to using the best social science to generate new insights on major social problems and point toward their solutions.
This year’s Fellowship was awarded to Tia Clinton for her dissertation, “You Belong Here: Understandings of the School Bond, Discipline, and Achievement in a Restorative Educational Environments.” Clinton, the first Kahn Fellow to receive the Fellowship after Bob’s death in January, is a Ph.D. candidate in Sociology. Tia will use a mixed methods approach to assess whether or not restorative practices, an educational intervention intended to address the discipline gap and the school to prison pipeline, may have implications for the black-white achievement gap. She will examine schools applying a restorative philosophy and making discipline more about community accountability and respect and less about punishment and exclusion, in order to determine if black students will feel a greater sense of school bonding and experience higher levels of achievement motivation under those circumstances.