ISR serves as a national laboratory advancing understanding of human behavior through empirical research. More than 300 scientists are affiliated with one or more of our research centers. Their work provides the foundation for the Institute’s legacy of social science in the public interest.

  • Project Map

    The impact of ISR’s research reaches far beyond Michigan. Learn more about our partners and projects around the world by exploring this interactive map of our international projects.


    ISR has successful research partnerships all over the world, expert faculty, extensive resources and the world’s largest digital archive of social science data.

    Contact us to learn more about the many ways you can work with ISR.

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    from 20+ academic disciplines

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.

  • James L. Hilton

    Faculty Associate, RCGD Vice Provost, Office Of The Provost & Executive Vp For Academic Affairs Professor, School Of Information University Librarian, University Library
    James Hilton is University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, as well as Vice Provost for Academic Innovation at the University … 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