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.

Paula   Fomby

Paula Fomby

ADJUNCT RESEARCH PROFESSOR, SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

Dr. Fomby’s research focuses on family structure change, family complexity, and child well-being. Her perspective considers families as…

Robert Manduca

Robert Allen Manduca

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

Robin Edelstein

Robin Edelstein

PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, COLLEGE OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND THE ARTS AND FACULTY ASSOCIATE, RESEARCH CENTER FOR GROUP DYNAMICS, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

Research interests: personality and individual differences, close relationships, social neuroendocrinology, emotion.

Daniel Keating

Daniel P Keating

PROFESSOR OF PSYCHOLOGY, COLLEGE OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE, AND THE ARTS, PROFESSOR OF PSYCHIATRY, MEDICAL SCHOOL AND RESEARCH PROFESSOR, SURVEY RESEARCH CENTER, INSTITUTE FOR SOCIAL RESEARCH

Keating’s research focuses on integrating knowledge about developmental processes, population patterns in developmental health, and social factors affecting…

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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