in the public interest



from 20+ academic disciplines

Leading the way in social science research

University of Michigan President Santa J. Ono featured the Institute for Social Research in his latest video address. View President Ono’s video here.

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.

  • Sarah Elizabeth Patterson

    Research Investigator, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Dr. Sarah E. Patterson is a Demographer and Sociologist. Currently, she is a Research Investigator at the Survey Research Center … more
  • Meghan O'Neil

    Research Investigator, Population Studies Center, Institute for Social Research
    Dr. O'Neil studies vulnerable populations in America, particularly focused on racial and economic inequality. She conducts evidence-based research … more