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.

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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.

  • Margaret Frye

    Faculty Associate, PSC Assistant Professor, Sociology
    Dr. Frye studies the complex relationships between culture, ideas, and demographic patterns, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods to … more
  • Kelly M. Askew

    Faculty Associate, CPS Professor, Anthropology Professor, LSA DAAS
    Kelly Askew's current research focuses on African postsocialism/postcommunism, poetic and performing arts, land tenure and property rights, pastoralism, … more