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from 20+ academic disciplines

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ISR alumni reflect on their education and training in the social sciences at the University of Michigan.

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.

  • Sonja B. Starr

    Faculty Associate, PSC Professor, Law School
    Sonja Starr's research interests include prosecutorial conduct, sentencing law and policy, remedies for violations of criminal defendants' rights, and … more
  • Rachel Best

    Assistant Professor, Sociology
    Dr. Best's research asks how policies and laws respond to social problems. She studies how advocacy and culture create … more


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