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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.

  • Sarah Andrea Burgard

    Professor of Sociology, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Research Professor, Population Studies Center, Center Director, Population Studies Center, Faculty Associate, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, Professor of Epidemiology, School of Public Health and Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy
    Dr. Burgard's research interests focus on the way systems of stratification and inequality impact the health of people and … more
  • Robert W Marans

    Professor Emeritus of Architecture and Urban Planning, A Alfred Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning & Research Professor Emeritus of Survey Research Center, Inst for Social Research
    Robert W. Marans is a research professor emeritus at the Institute for Social Research and a professor emeritus of architecture … more