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.

  • Inbal Nahum-Shani

    Research Associate Professor, SRC-Quantitative Methods
    Dr. Inbal's research focuses on using behavioral theory and novel methodologies to develop adaptive interventions, namely interventions that use … more
  • Kenneth M. Sylvester

    Adjunct Research Associate Professor, ICPSR - Membership Archives Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Flint History Sponsored Res & Programs Dir, Flint Off Of Res & Sponsor Pgm
    Kenneth Sylvester studies demographic and socioeconomic behavior in relation to environmental change. A historian by training, Dr. Sylvester uses census … more