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.

  • Robin Stacey Edelstein

    Faculty Associate, RCGD Associate Professor, Psychology
    Robin Edelstein's research is devoted to understanding why and how people differ in their responses to emotional experiences and … more
  • Dirgha J. Ghimire

    Faculty Associate, Society, Population, & Environment Research Associate Professor, PSC
    Dirgha Ghimire studies the relationship among social context, social change, family organization, marriage arrangement and first birth timing in Nepal. … more