mary_waters_photoMary Waters is the PVK Professor of Arts and Sciences and the John L. Loeb Professor of Sociology at Harvard University. Her work has focused on the integration of immigrants and their children, the transition to adulthood for the children of immigrants, intergroup relations, and the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity. She is the author of over 75 articles and chapters on racial and ethnic identity, immigrant assimilation, and natural disaster recovery. Her work with the RISK Project has focused on post-Katrina mobility, neighborhood effects, and the health outcomes of survivors and their children.


Jean Rhodes is the Frank L. Boyden Professor of Psychology and the Research Director for the Center for Evidence-Based Mentoring at the University of Massachusetts-Boston. She has devoted her career to understanding and advancing the role of intergenerational relationships in the intellectual, social, educational, and career development of youth. She has published three books, four edited volumes, and over 150 chapters and peer-reviewed articles on topics related to positive youth development, the transition to adulthood, natural disaster, and mentoring. Her work with the RISK Project has focused on post-Katrina health and mental health outcomes, with particular focus on the role of social support.