in the public interest



from 20+ academic disciplines

GSA Highlight

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.

  • David Featherman

    Research Professor Emeritus, PSC
    David Featherman's research interests include aging and the life course, social stratification and social mobility. His research has spanned … more
  • Phoebe C. Ellsworth

    Faculty Associate, RCGD Professor, Psychology Professor, Law School
    Phoebe Ellsworth's research centers around the relationship between people's interpretation of their situation and the emotions they experience (… more