Sancha Doxilly Medwinter won the National Science Foundation (NSF) Doctoral Dissertation Research Improvement Grant for her dissertation research titled: Race, Class and Social Capital in Devastated Neighborhoods. Sancha’s project is a multi-method field study in New York City, after Hurricane Sandy. The research examines how emergent race and class dynamics of devastated neighborhoods differentially impact the capacity of residents to create new social capital; and the consequence for disaster assistance and recovery of racial minorities and the poor. The NSF grant is a highly competitive, nationally recognized prestigious grant awarded for projects deemed both theoretically and socially significant by a panel of reviewers. This grant will enable Sancha to transcribe, analyze and complete her dissertation in time for her May 2015 graduation.