in the public interest



from 20+ academic disciplines

Featured Video

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.

  • James S. Jackson

    Research Professor, RCGD Professor, Psychology
    James S. Jackson is Director of the Institute for Social Research and a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors … more
  • Jowei Chen

    Research Associate Professor, CPS Associate Professor, LSA Political Science
    Jowei Chen's research interests include distributive politics, executive agencies, and legislatures. He has studied how legislators' pork-barreling strategies … more