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Democratizing social media data for research impact


Despite the massive amount of information created by social media, social scientists have not been able to reliably access the underlying data, undermining attempts to understand the impact of social media on society – until now. Led by Libby Hemphill and housed in ICPSR, the new Social Media Archive (SOMAR) will democratize access to some of the most consequential information in contemporary society.

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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.

  • Jessica Danielle Faul

    Research Associate Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Dr. Faul's work focuses on socioeconomic predictors of health and health disparities across the life course. Her research integrates … more
  • Brooke Arterberry

    Research Investigator, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Brooke Arterberry joined Youth and Social Issues as a Research Investigator. She has a PhD in Counseling Psychology. Her research … more