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Democratizing social media data for research impact


Despite the massive amount of information created by social media, social scientists have not been able to reliably access the underlying data, undermining attempts to understand the impact of social media on society – until now. Led by Libby Hemphill and housed in ICPSR, the new Social Media Archive (SOMAR) will democratize access to some of the most consequential information in contemporary society.

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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.

  • Brian K Min

    Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Research Associate Professor, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research
    Brian Min studies the political economy of development, with a focus on the politics of energy, ethnic politics, and civil … more
  • Lloyd D Johnston

    Distinguished Research Scientist, Institute for Social Research and Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research
    Dr. Johnston's research has been based on two seminal national research studies: Monitoring the Future: A Continuing Study of … more