Mission

As the world’s largest academic social science survey and research organization, the Institute for Social Research (ISR) is a leader in developing and applying new social science methods and is committed to educating the next generation of social scientists.

We strive to plan and conduct rigorous social science research, disseminate the findings of this research, and train future generations of social scientists:

  • To plan and conduct rigorous social science research
  • To disseminate the findings of this research, and
  • To train future generations of social scientists.

ISR Director Kate Cagney leads the overall strategy and research operation at ISR.

ISR’s Managing Director and administrative leaders play a crucial role in shaping the institute’s research agenda, securing funding, promoting its work, and building a strong community of researchers.

“…teach others to be mentors and plan for how the next generation will bring others along at every career stage.”

ISR’s faculty experts conduct groundbreaking and wide ranging social science research — representing more than 20 academic disciplines.

Barbara A Anderson

Barbara A Anderson

RONALD FREEDMAN COLLEGIATE PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY AND POPULATION STUDIES, PROFESSOR OF SOCIOLOGY, DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY, COLLEGE OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND THE ARTS AND RESEARCH PROFESSOR, POPULATION STUDIES CENTER, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

Dr. Anderson studies the relationship between social change and demographic change. Her research focuses on the former Soviet…

Shea   Streeter

Shea Streeter

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, COLLEGE OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND THE ARTS AND FACULTY ASSOCIATE, CENTER FOR POLITICAL STUDIES, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

Erin Ware

Erin Bakshis Ware

RESEARCH ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER AND FACULTY ASSOCIATE, POPULATION STUDIES CENTER, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

Dr. Ware has a doctoral degree in epidemiology and master’s degrees in statistics and public health. Dr. Ware’s…

Michael W Traugott

Michael W Traugott

PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF COMMUNICATION STUDIES, PROFESSOR EMERITUS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, COLLEGE OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND THE ARTS, RESEARCH PROFESSOR EMERITUS, CENTER FOR POLITICAL STUDIES AND ADJUNCT RESEARCH PROFESSOR, CENTER FOR POLITICAL STUDIES, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

Professor Traugott studies the mass media and their impact on American politics. This includes research on the use…

Our History

ISR is one the world’s largest and oldest academic survey research organizations, and leader in development and application of social science methods and education.

Directory

The Directory contains most ISR faculty and staff; not all employees. If you want to contact a member of the staff whose name is not listed, check for them in the U-M Directory.

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