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.

  • Sarah A. Burgard

    Faculty Associate, SRC-Social Envir & Health Research Associate Professor, PSC Director, Sociology Associate Professor, Sociology Associate Professor, Epidemiology Department Associate Professor, Ford School Of Public Policy
    Sarah Burgard's research interests focus on the way systems of stratification and inequality impact the health of people and … more
  • Kathleen Ford

    Research Affiliate, PSC
    Kathleen Ford's work is focused on social and behavioral aspects of the AIDS epidemic in the U.S. and … more