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from 20+ academic disciplines

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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.

  • Margaret C. Levenstein

    Center Director, ICPSR Research Professor, SRC-HRS Research Professor, School Of Information
    Dr. Levenstein's research focuses on the evolution of information systems and relationship with firm organization, historical changes in firm … more
  • Allen D. Hicken

    Research Professor, CPS Professor, LSA Political Science
    Professor Hicken studies political institutions and political economy in developing countries. His primary focus has been on political parties and … more


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