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Kathleen Cagney named new ISR director

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Kathleen Cagney


Kathleen A. Cagney has been named director of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research. Cagney will be the first woman to lead the ISR in its 72-year history.

“It is an honor to join ISR and a community of scholars who have shaped social science inquiry for over 70 years. My work has certainly benefited from the research and insights generated by ISR,” said Cagney. “I look forward to continuing the initiatives of David Lam, engaging in and amplifying the research programs I have long admired and developing new collaborations across the university.”

“This is an outstanding appointment for ISR,” said David Lam, director of ISR since 2015. “Dr. Cagney is a distinguished social scientist who will provide excellent leadership for ISR. I look forward to working with Dr. Cagney through the transition.”

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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.

  • Brian K. Min

    Research Associate Professor, CPS Associate Professor, LSA Political Science
    Brian Min studies the political economy of development, with a focus on the politics of energy, ethnic politics, and civil … more
  • Dean C. Yang

    Research Professor, PSC Professor, Economics Professor, Ford School Of Public Policy
    Dean Yang's research focuses on the economic problems of developing countries. He is specifically interested in international migration, micro-… more