in the public interest



from 20+ academic disciplines

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The Institute for Social Research serves as a national laboratory for the social sciences, advancing public understanding of human behavior through empirical research of extraordinary depth and breadth.

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.

  • Alexandra Minna Stern

    Faculty Associate, PSC Chair, American Culture Professor, LSA Ug: Honors Professor, LSA Women's Studies Professor, American Culture Professor, History Professor, Obstetrics And Gynecology Dept
    Alexandra Stern's research focuses on the history of eugenics and the uses and misuses of genetics in the United … more
  • Zhenke Wu

    Faculty Associate, SRC-Quantitative Methods Assistant Professor, Biostatistics Department
    Dr. Wu's research focuses on the design and application of statistical methods that inform health decisions made by individuals, … more


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