Current Faculty

IPR is home to an interdisciplinary community of scholars, who are at the forefront of policy-relevant social science research in their respective fields. A list of IPR fellows and associates can be found below:

Faculty Fellows

IPR's 42 faculty fellows contribute to our core research areas. Links to their biographical and contact information, CVs, and research summaries can be found below.

FellowResearch Areas
Emma AdamEmma Adam
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
  • Families and stress
  • Stress and children's behavioral, academic, and emotional development
  • Effects of stress on health
Lori BeamanLori Beaman
Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Development and labor economics
  • Social networks and information dissemination
  • Impact of development policies on decision making
  • Gender
P. Lindsay Chase-LansdaleP. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale
Associate Provost for Faculty | Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
  • Two-generation programs that promote low-income parents' and their children's education simultaneously
  • How social policy issues affect family functioning and the development of children, youth, and adults
  • Social disparities and health and well-being
Anthony ChenAnthony Chen
Associate Professor of Sociology and Political Science
  • American political development and public policy since the New Deal
  • Politics of social policy, civil rights, and business-government relations
  • Affirmative action in college admissions
Edith ChenEdith Chen
Professor of Psychology
  • The biological and psychological mechanisms associated with poverty and poor health in children
  • Neighborhood, family, and individual pathways linking low socioeconomic status to asthma outcomes
  • Resilience in youth -- why some who confront adversity stay in good health
Fay Lomax Cook Fay Lomax Cook
Professor of Human Development and Social Policy (on leave) | Assistant Director and Head of the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation
  • Public opinion and social policy
  • The politics of social policy
  • Public deliberation and deliberative democracy
  • Social Security
Thomas D. Cook Thomas D. Cook
Joan and Sarepta Harrison Chair of Ethics and Justice | Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Education and Social Policy
  • School reform
  • Contexts of adolescent development
  • Design and execution of social experiments
  • Theories of evaluation practice 
Mesmin DestinMesmin Destin
Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development and Social Policy
  • Socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement
  • Identity-based motivation
  • Social psychological intervention
James DruckmanJames Druckman
Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science | IPR Associate Director | Chair of IPR’s Program on Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy
  • Competitive framing
  • Web use in elections
  • Strategic collection and use of public opinion information
  • Experimental methodology
Alice EaglyAlice Eagly
James Padilla Chair of Arts and Sciences | Professor of Psychology
  • Psychology of attitudes
  • Gender studies
  • Women and leadership
  • Gender gap
  • The content of stereotypes about social groups
David FiglioDavid Figlio
Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics | IPR Director
  • School accountability
  • School vouchers
  • Education finance
  • Intergenerational issues in health and education
  • Teacher and principal quality
  • Welfare policy
Michael FrakesMichael Frakes
Associate Professor of Law
  • Health Law (provider incentives and decision-making)
  • Patent Law (patent office decision-making)
Daniel GalvinDaniel Galvin
Associate Professor of Political Science
  • American presidency
  • Party politics
  • Labor movement
  • Employment law
Jonathan GuryanJonathan Guryan
Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy | Chair of IPR’s Program on Education Policy
  • Labor market discrimination
  • The causes and consequences of racial inequality
  • Long-term effects of early life health
Laurel HarbridgeLaurel Harbridge
Assistant Professor of Political Science
  • American politics, congressional elections, public opinion, and representation
  • Public policy (including budgetary policy)
  • Polarization and bipartisanship in Congress
Larry V. HedgesLarry V. Hedges
Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Education and Social Policy | Professor of Psychology | Director of the IPR Q-Center
  • Statistical methods for meta-analysis
  • Evidence-based methodology for social science research
  • Social distribution of academic achievement in America
  • Educational policies and practices
Kirabo JacksonKirabo Jackson
Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
  • Labor economics
  • Public finance
  • Economics of education, in particular, teacher quality and effectiveness
Cynthia KinnanCynthia Kinnan
Assistant Professor of Economics
  • Households and small firms' risk-taking and finances
  • Effects of social networks on insurance, credit, and savings
  • Issues related to financial access and social programs
Christopher KuzawaChristopher Kuzawa
Professor of Anthropology
  • Influence of intrauterine and early postnatal environments on development and long-term health
  • Social disparities and health
  • Male reproductive ecology and the psychobiology of social relationships
Charles F. ManskiCharles F. Manski
Board of Trustees Professor in Economics
  • Econometrics and statistics
  • Judgment and decision making: Measuring consumer confidence and expectations
  • Social policy analysis
Leslie McCallLeslie McCall
Professor of Sociology and of Political Science (on leave)
  • American public opinion about income inequality, economic opportunity, and social policy
  • Rising income inequality among women and families
  • Gender inequality
  • Theories and methods of intersectionality
Thomas McDadeThomas McDade
Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology | Director of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research
  • Long-term effects of early environments, with an emphasis on inflammation and health
  • Health disparities
  • Biomarkers for population-based research
  • Social and cultural contexts of stress and health
Rachel Davis MerseyRachel Davis Mersey
Associate Professor of Journalism
  • News audiences
  • Digital and mobile media
  • Information and democracy
Greg MillerGreg Miller
Professor of Psychology
  • Stress and health
  • Long-term biological consequences of child poverty
  • Health consequences of caring for a family member with cancer
Matthew NotowidigdoMatthew Notowidigdo
Associate Professor of Economics
  • Long-term unemployment
  • Unemployment insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Consumer bankruptcy
Christine PercheskiChristine Percheski
Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Women’s employment
  • Family demography
  • Income inequality
  • Marriage and family formation
  • Health insurance coverage
Monica PrasadMonica Prasad
Professor of Sociology
  • Neoliberalism
  • Taxation
  • History of American political economy
Lincoln QuillianLincoln Quillian
Professor of Sociology (on leave) | Chair of IPR's Program on Urban Policy and Community Development
  • Residential segregation
  • Neighborhood formation
  • Neighborhood effects
  • Racial attitudes 
Jennifer RichesonJennifer Richeson
MacArthur Foundation Chair and Professor of Psychology and African American Studies
  • Dynamics and consequences of interracial contact
  • Detecting and controlling racial bias
  • Racial categorization and identity
James RosenbaumJames Rosenbaum
Professor of Education and Social Policy, and of Sociology | Chair of IPR’s Program on Poverty, Race, and Inequality
  • High-school-to-work transition
  • Employers and community colleges
  • Gautreaux Program
  • Moving to Opportunity
Diane Whitmore SchanzenbachDiane Whitmore Schanzenbach
Associate Professor of Human Development and Social Policy | Chair of IPR’s Program on Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies
  • Education policy
  • Child health
  • Anti-poverty policies
  • Economics of food consumption
  • Food stamps
Morton SchapiroMorton Schapiro
Professor and President, Northwestern University
  • Economics of higher education
  • College financing and student aid
  • Measuring college success
Rebecca SeligmanRebecca Seligman
Associate Professor of Anthropology
  • Cultural influences on mental health and healing
  • Effects of social inequalities on physical and mental health
  • Embodiment, psychophysiology, and mind-body interaction
  • Immigrant mental health
Wesley G. SkoganWesley G. Skogan
Professor of Political Science
  • Police organization and innovation
  • Community policing
  • Impact of crime on communities and families
  • Community-based public security
  • Immigration, crime, and homeland security
Bruce D. SpencerBruce D. Spencer
Professor of Statistics
  • Statistics used in public policy and legal settings
  • Evaluation of the Census and other data programs
  • Demographic statistics
  • Design and analysis of samples and other statistical studies
Quincy Thomas StewartQuincy Thomas Stewart
Associate Professor of Sociology
  • Racial and ethnic inequality
  • Formal demography
  • Health and mortality
  • Modeling social inequality
Lauren WakschlagLauren Wakschlag
Professor and Vice Chair for Scientific and Faculty Development, Department of Medical Social Sciences, Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Childhood mental health and early-life risk mechanisms
  • Measurement and modeling of disruptive behavior in childhood
  • Prenatal adversity
Celeste Watkins-HayesCeleste Watkins-Hayes
Associate Professor of Sociology and African American Studies
  • Urban poverty
  • Social policy
  • Formal organizations: nonprofit and government
  • Race, class, and gender
Sandra WaxmanSandra Waxman
Louis W. Menk Chair in Psychology | Professor of Cognitive Psychology
  • Biological thought and culture
  • Early linguistic and cognitive development
  • Word learning in infants
Burton WeisbrodBurton Weisbrod
John Evans Professor of Economics | Chair of IPR’s Program on Performance Measurement and Rewards
  • Defining, measuring, and rewarding “performance” in the public and nonprofit sectors
  • Theory and measurement of economic behavior by for-profit, public, and nonprofit organizations
  • Economics of higher education and health/medical care

Faculty Associates

IPR has more than 85 faculty associates, who are listed below with links to their biographical pages in their respective departments.

Nicola BianchiNicola Bianchi
Management and Strategy
Henry BinfordHenry Binford
Bernard BlackBernard Black
Finance and Law
Pablo BoczkowskiPablo Boczkowski
Communication Studies
Ann BordersAnn Borders
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Traci BurchTraci Burch
Political Science
Héctor CarrilloHéctor Carrillo
Jenifer CartlandJenifer Cartland
David CellaDavid Cella
Medical Social Sciences
Dennis ChongDennis Chong
Adjunct Faculty
Cynthia CoburnCynthia Coburn
Human Development and Social Policy
Jeannette ColyvasJeannette Colyvas
Human Development and Social Policy/Learning Sciences
Leemore DafnyLeemore Dafny
Management and Strategy
David DanaDavid Dana
Shari Seidman DiamondShari Seidman Diamond
Jack DoppeltJack Doppelt
David DranoveDavid Dranove
Management and Strategy
Greg DuncanGreg Duncan
Adjunct Faculty
Matthew EasterdayMatthew Easterday
Learning Sciences
Stephanie EdgerlyStephanie Edgerly
Steven EpsteinSteven Epstein
Joseph FeinglassJoseph Feinglass
General Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine
Joseph FerrieJoseph Ferrie
Eli FinkelEli Finkel
William FunkWilliam Funk
Preventive Medicine
Craig GarfieldCraig Garfield
Craig GarthwaiteCraig Garthwaite
Elizabeth GerberElizabeth Gerber
Mechanical Engineering
Loren GhiglioneLoren Ghiglione
Claudia HaaseClaudia Haase
Human Development and Social Policy
John HaganJohn Hagan
Sociology and Law
Eszter HargittaiEszter Hargittai
Communication Studies/Sociology
Barton HirschBarton Hirsch
Education and Social Policy
Paul HirschPaul Hirsch
Management and Organizations
Jane HollJane Holl
Simone Ispa-LandaSimone Ispa-Landa
Human Development and Social Policy
Seema JayachandranSeema Jayachandran
Benjamin JonesBenjamin Jones
Brayden KingBrayden King
Management and Organizations
Craig LaMayCraig LaMay
Carol LeeCarol Lee
Human Development and Social Policy/Learning Sciences
Donna LeffDonna Leff
Dan LewisDan Lewis
Human Development and Social Policy
Molly LoshMolly Losh
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Jolie MatthewsJolie Matthews
Learning Sciences
Michael MazzeoMichael Mazzeo
Management and Strategy
Therese McGuireTherese McGuire
Management and Strategy
Brian MelzerBrian Melzer
Julie Lee MersethJulie Lee Merseth
Political Science
Vijay MittalVijay Mittal
Quinn MulroyQuinn Mulroy
Human Development and Social Policy
Brian MustanskiBrian Mustanski
Medical Social Sciences
Robert NelsonRobert Nelson
Robin NusslockRobin Nusslock
Daniel O'KeefeDaniel O'Keefe
Communication Studies/Sociology
Thomas OgorzalekThomas Ogorzalek
Political Science
Benjamin PageBenjamin Page
Political Science
Mary PattilloMary Pattillo
Sociology/African American Studies
Frank PenedoFrank Penedo
Medical Social Sciences
Penelope PetersonPenelope Peterson
Dean of SESP
Amélie PetitclercAmélie Petitclerc
Medical Social Sciences
Robert PorterRobert Porter
Eva RedeiEva Redei
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Michelle ReiningerMichelle Reininger
Adjunct Faculty
Rachel Beatty RiedlRachel Beatty Riedl
Political Science
Lauren RiveraLauren Rivera
Management and Organizations
Andrew RobertsAndrew Roberts
Political Science
Daniel RodriguezDaniel Rodriguez
William RogersonWilliam Rogerson
Leonard RubinowitzLeonard Rubinowitz
Galya RufferGalya Ruffer
Political Science
Terri SabolTerri Sabol
School of Education and Social Policy
Max SchanzenbachMax Schanzenbach
Heather SchoenfeldHeather Schoenfeld
Human Development and Social Policy
Madeleine ShalowitzMadeleine Shalowitz
Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies
Michelle ShumateMichelle Shumate
Communication Studies
Melissa SimonMelissa Simon
Obstetrics and Gynecology
Teresa Eckrich SommerTeresa Eckrich Sommer
Research Associate Professor
James SpillaneJames Spillane
Human Development, Social Policy and Learning Sciences
Seth SteinSeth Stein
Earth and Planetary Sciences
Reed StevensReed Stevens
Learning Sciences
Jennifer TackettJennifer Tackett
Linda TeplinLinda Teplin
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Susan ThistleSusan Thistle
Chloe ThurstonChloe Thurston
Political Science
Brian UzziBrian Uzzi
Management and Organizations
Ellen WartellaEllen Wartella
Communication Studies
Charles WhitakerCharles Whitaker
Teresa WoodruffTeresa Woodruff
Obstetrics and Gynecology