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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.

  • Scott E. Page

    Faculty Associate, CPS Professor, LSA Complex Systems Professor, Economics Professor, LSA Political Science Leonid Hurwicz Collegiate Professor of Political Science, Complex Systems and Economics
    Scott Page directs or helps direct three large projects at the University of Michigan. He is the principal investigator for … more
  • Jennifer A. Smith

    Research Assistant Professor, Population, Neurodevelopment, & Genetics Assistant Professor, Epidemiology Department
    Dr. Smith studies the ways genetic factors influence age-related chronic diseases, subclinical phenotypes, and their risk factors. Her work … more


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