in the public interest



from 20+ academic disciplines

Leaders and Best Reflect: Social Science in the Public Interest

U-M alumni reflect on the broad impact that ISR has had on their lives and the social sciences.

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.

  • Richard L. Valliant

    Research Professor Emeritus/A, SRC-Survey Methodology
    Richard Valliant has made important contributions to survey methodology in the areas of imputation for missing data, variance estimation for … more
  • Michael G. Mueller-Smith

    Faculty Associate, PSC Assistant Professor, Economics
    Mike Mueller-Smith's research examines topics related to the economics of crime, discrimination, and public assistance programs, most notably … more