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from 20+ academic disciplines

Impact of Consumer Holiday Spending

How will the economy affect holiday spending? Director of the Surveys of Consumers, Joanne Hsu, weighs in on the effects of inflation and supply chain issues for the holiday shopping season. Read the latest from the Surveys of Consumers.

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.

  • Jowei Chen

    Associate Professor of Political Science, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Research Associate Professor of Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research
    Jowei Chen’s research interests include distributive politics, executive agencies, and legislatures. He has studied how legislators’ pork-barreling strategies … more
  • Catherine Asher

    Assistant Research Scientist, Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research and Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy
    Catherine Armstrong Asher is an Assistant Research Scientist at the Youth Policy Labmore