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from 20+ academic disciplines

Impact of Consumer Holiday Spending

How will the economy affect holiday spending? Director of the Surveys of Consumers, Joanne Hsu, weighs in on the effects of inflation and supply chain issues for the holiday shopping season. Read the latest from the Surveys of Consumers.

Our Centers

ISR consists of five separate but interdependent research centers, each with a particular focus and capabilities.

Faculty Profiles

ISR’s faculty experts conduct groundbreaking and wide-ranging social science research — representing more than 20 academic disciplines. Included below are two examples of the type of work being done by members of our team.

  • Kira S Birditt

    Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Kira Birditt earned a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Pennsylvania State University and B.A. and M.… more
  • Lisa Wexler

    Professor of Social Work, School of Social Work and Research Professor, Research Center for Group Dynamics, Institute for Social Research
    Working with rural Indigenous communities, Dr. Lisa Wexler’s participatory and applied research program aims to prevent suicide and promote … more