in the public interest



from 20+ academic disciplines

Looking Back and Looking Forward

Please join us as we thank former ISR Director David Lam for his dedication to the Institute of Social Research as the director for the past six years. During his tenure, David has been a champion for social science research and for training the next generation of researchers. Under his leadership, ISR expanded its research portfolio, and his deep commitment to diversity has enhanced the Institute’s climate of openness, mutual respect, and pride. In the second half of this event, David helps us get to know the new ISR Director, Kate Cagney, in a relaxed one-on-one discussion.


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 Scott Johnson

    Research Professor, SRC-PSID Research Professor, Ford School Of Public Policy
    David Johnson received a BS in Economics and Mathematics from the University of Puget Sound and his PhD in Economics … more
  • Kenneth Lowande

    Faculty Associate, CPS Assistant Professor, Political Science Assistant Professor, Ford School Of Public Policy
    I am an assistant professor of political science and public policy (by courtesy) at the University of Michigan and a … more