One of the key ways in which IPR disseminates its faculty research is through its events. Events are held throughout the year, with most taking place over the academic year. Some are co-sponsored with different departments and schools across the University, in addition to student and other policy research organizations.  

All events, unless otherwise stated, are free of charge and open to the public. You can sign up for notification of IPR events here.

Upcoming Events
February 26, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Quinn Mulroy (HDSP/IPR) - Enforcing Rights Protections: The Regulatory Power of Private Lawsuits and the American Bureaucracy

"Enforcing Rights Protections: The Regulatory Power of Private Lawsuits and the American Bureaucracy"

by Quinn Mulroy, Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and
IPR Associate


This is part of the Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquium Series.

March 1, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Academe's Role in Government Policy: A Conversation with Strobe Talbott

Strobe Talbott, the inaugural Buffett Institute Distinguished Visitor and past president of the Brookings Institution, will be at Northwestern University for the first of three visits throughout the winter and spring quarters. He’ll sit down with Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach to discuss the policy relevance of academic research.

This event is organized in partnership with the Institute for Policy Research.

Registration is requested. Reception to follow.

About Talbott
Strobe Talbott is the past president of the Brookings Institution, one of the nation's most prominent public policy organizations. Prior to joining Brookings in 2002, he was the founding director of the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. Talbott was a long-time reporter for Time magazine before serving as U.S. Deputy Secretary of State from 1994-2001.

While on campus throughout winter and spring, he will take part in major public conversations on topics such as D.C. politics, the policy relevance of academic research, and contemporary Russia. Read more.

About the Distinguished Visitors Program
From senior government leaders to heads of nonprofits and international institutions, Distinguished Visitors bring their global experiences and insights to the Northwestern community, enriching learning and enhancing research across campus.

The Distinguished Visitors Program establishes new partnerships between Northwestern and international organizations, strengthens existing partnerships, and provides Northwestern students and faculty opportunities to interact with, and learn from, prominent global leaders.

March 5, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Mesmin Destin (IPR/Psychology) - Contextualizing the Role of Psychological Factors in Educational Outcomes on a National Scale

“Contextualizing the Role of Psychological Factors in Educational Outcomes
on a National Scale”

by Mesmin Destin, Associate Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Social Policy and IPR Fellow


This is part of the Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquium Series.

March 9, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
IPR Policy Research Briefing - Crime in Chicago: What Does the Research Tell Us?

"Crime in Chicago: What Does the Research Tell Us?"

with Jonathan Guryan, Professor of HDSP and IPR Fellow;  Andrew Papachristos, Professor of Sociology and IPR Fellow; and Wesley G. Skogan, Professor of
Political Science and IPR Fellow

 This event requires registration.

Co-sponsored by the Union League Club of Chicago's Public Affairs Committee

March 12, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
IPR Colloquium: Daniel Galvin (IPR/Political Science) - The Changing Politics of Workers' Rights

"The Changing Politics of Workers' Rights"

by Daniel Galvin, Associate Professor of Political Science and IPR Fellow


This is part of the Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquium Series

March 13, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Current Issues in LGBTQ Health – Dr. Dustin Duncan presents “Spatial Epidemiology of Health Disparities in LGBT Populations: What Do We Know and What’s Next?”

*Please RSVP on our website*

Join us for our “Current Issues in LGBTQ Health” lecture series featuring Dr. Dustin Duncan! ISGMH is cosponsoring this event with the CONNECT Program and with Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health. This lecture will be on Tuesday, March 13th 2018 from 12:00-1:30 pm in the Stonewall Conference Room of 625 N. Michigan Suite 1400. Lunch will be served. 

This talk will focus on existing research that assess neighborhood-level determinants of health outcomes and behaviors among LGBT populations, including gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM). This talk will also discuss the limitations of current approaches to studying the influence of neighborhoods and health, focus on methods and approaches used to define neighborhoods and measure their characteristics, and explore emerging methods aimed at addressing these limitations, including the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) technology in neighborhoods and health research.


Dustin T. Duncan, ScD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Health at the New York University School of Medicine, where he directs the NYU Spatial Epidemiology Lab. As a social and spatial epidemiologist, he studies how specific neighborhood characteristics influence population health, with a particular focus on HIV epidemiology and prevention and emerging work on sleep epidemiology and promotion. Dr. Duncan work has an emphasis on minority health and health disparities, especially among sexual minority populations and in particular gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) and emerging work among gender minority populations. His work includes applying emerging geospatial technologies such as Global Positioning System (GPS) devices and smart phones to, in part, examine spatial mobility and social networks in neighborhoods. Dr. Duncan completed his doctorate and the Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship, both in social epidemiology, at the Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

March 13, 2018
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
'Who Needs to Do What Differently?' Seminar: Todd Rogers (Harvard)


by Todd Rogers, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Harvard University


This is part of the 'Who Needs to Do What Differently?' Series.

This new series, cosponsored with the Global Poverty Research Lab at the Buffett Institute for Global Studies, focuses on the policy journey for research. Following a research presentation, the speaker will discuss "who needs to do what differently" because of the knowledge generated by the research.

For logistics information, please contact Ellen Dunleavy at
For questions about the series, contact Dean Karlan at

April 5, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Special Lecture: Robert Rubin

Robert Rubin is a founder of The Hamilton Project at The Brookings Institution; Co-Chairman Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations; and Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury.

This lecture is co-sponsored by Northwestern University's Institute for Policy Research and the Kellogg Public-Private Interface.

April 26, 2018
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
IPR Distinguished Policy Lecture with Fay Lomax Cook, National Science Foundation

Fay Lomax Cook
Assistant Director, National Science Foundation, and Head of NSF's Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy (on leave) and IPR Fellow, Northwestern University

Cook will deliver IPR's Spring 2018 Distinguished Public Policy Lecture.

May 4, 2018
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior (CAB) Workshop

Organized by James Druckman, Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science and IPR Associate Director and Fellow


Lynn Vavreck, Professor of Political Science, University of California, Los Angeles

Dave Campbell, Packey J. Dee Professor of American Democracy,
Department Chair, Department of Political Science, University of Notre Dame

Julie Lee Merseth, Professor, Political Science, Northwestern University

Mike Neblo, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ohio State University

Colloquium Series

Each year IPR organizes more than 30 academic talks, which feature research by IPR faculty and other faculty from Northwestern and other universities. The formats vary between 60 and 90 minutes, with time included for Q&A. Its five series are:

IPR Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquia

IPR’s signature, interdisciplinary colloquium series, which takes place on Mondays from noon to 1 p.m. Speakers are typically IPR fellows or associates discussing their latest policy-relevant research. Organizer: James Druckman

C2S Colloquia

This occasional series brings together social, life, and biomedical scientists who examine how broad social, racial/ethnic, and economic disparities "get under the skin" and affect human development and physical health. Organizer: Thomas McDade

Q-Center Colloquia

This series is designed to showcase and promote discussion of methodological innovation across disciplines. Four to five are held over the academic year, usually on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Larry Hedges

Series on Performance Measurement and Rewards

Speakers examine how good performance is measured in areas such as education, healthcare, policing, courts, and charities—in search of common problems and solutions. They are held in fall and spring, usually on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Organizer: Burton Weisbrod

Applied Micro and Labor & Education Policy Seminar Series

This series, joint with Northwestern’s Department of Economics, generally takes place on Thursdays from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The applied economists tackle myriad subjects in education, developmental economics, social policy, and other areas. 

You can sign up to be notified of these series and other events here.

Key Policy-Relevant Events

In addition to its colloquia, IPR also organizes conferences, fora, symposia, and talks. Two of IPR’s biggest annual policy-relevant events are its:

  • Distinguished Public Policy Lectures that provide insights from experts whose careers are characterized by exceptional scholarship and service in the public policy arena
  • Policy Research Briefings, which bring together leading experts to present and discuss their policy-relevant research and how it can help address current social issues

Workshops and Training

IPR also organizes workshops, training, and academic conferences throughout the year. Below are a few of these recurring events:

Undergraduate Policy-Oriented Organizations

IPR is also very pleased to work with Northwestern undergraduate organizations that have an interest in policy studies and research. They are:

Event Co-Sponsorship Requests

IPR does sponsor events, mostly in conjunction with Northwestern University schools, departments, and organizations. If you are interested in requesting co-sponsorship of an event, please e-mail Patricia Reese and include a description of the event, the dates, and any requests for funding or use of IPR resources.