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ISR MLK Day Symposium 

The Built Environment of our Cities and Communities and Social Justice in America. Two events: Film screening Monday, January 17 at 1pm at the Michigan Theater and via kanopy. Panel discussion Tuesday, January 18 at 1pm via Zoom.

The Population Studies Center presents a two-part event in honor of the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for ISR’s 2022 MLK Day Symposium:

Part 1: Film Screening of “Urbanized” by Gary Hustwit
Monday, January 17 at 1pm ET at the Michigan Theater
Also available to stream via the University of Michigan Library with a umich log-in

Part 2: Panel Presentation on Social Science Approaches to the Built Environment and Social Justice Issues in America
Tuesday, January 18 at 1pm ET
Join the panel discussion via Zoom.

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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.

  • Susan Leonard

    Associate Research Scientist, Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research, Institute for Social Research
    Dr. Leonard's work focuses on the relationship between human populations and their environments. Her research interests include historical epidemiology … more
  • Allen D Hicken

    Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Research Professor, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research
    Professor Hicken studies political institutions and political economy in developing countries. His primary focus has been on political parties and … more