Scaling Up to Measure Water Insecurity
IPR anthropologist Sera Young spoke about water insecurity at the official launch of the Household Water InSecurity Experiences (HWISE) Research Coordination Network in Washington, D.C.

The Impact of Immigration
IPR faculty researchers have long studied issues related to immigrants to the United States, including effects on education, employment, public opinion, and healthcare.

IPR@50: The Third Decade (1989–1998)
In the 1990s, the Institute for Policy Research continued in social science research, changed its name to reflect the Institute's new indentity and ambitions, and committed to cross-disciplinary research. 

Faculty Spotlight: Pablo Boczkowski
IPR associate Pablo Bockowski has followed the transformation of online journalism from early websites in the 1990's to social media's influence on news consumption today.

Poverty Leaves a Mark on Our Genes
A new study by IPR anthropologist Thomas McDade finds that poverty leaves a mark on nearly 10 percent of the genes in the genome.

IPR Sociologist Lincoln Quillian Named Guggenheim Fellow
The prestigious fellowship will help Quillian in his work to better understand hiring discrimination against racial and ethnic minorities in North America and Europe.

Rosenbaum Receives Career Award—But Far from Slowing Down
IPR education researcher James Rosenbaum was awarded the Elizabeth G. Cohen Distinguished Career in Applied Sociology of Education Award from the Sociology of Education Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association.


The Effects of Prenatal Testosterone on Females in Male-Female Twin Pairs
IPR education economist David Figlio, biological anthropologist Chris Kuzawa, and postdoctoral fellow Krzysztof Karbownik find that women with twin brothers are likely to do worse in school and earn less money compared to twins who are both female. 

Schools that Emphasize Diversity Linked to Better Health for Students of Color
IPR health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg Miller find that a school that values diversity could result in health benefits for students of color. 

What Makes People Willing to Sacrifice Their Own Self-Interest for Another?
IPR political scientist Mary McGrath finds that people are more willing to sacrifice for a collaborator than for someone working just as hard but working independently.  


The Challenges and Opportunities for LGBT Rights
Jocelyn Samuels, executive director of the Williams Institute, discussed why LGBT topics and policies are more than niche issues at the Winter 2019 Distinguished Public Policy Lecture, co-hosted by the Institute for Policy Research and the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing.

IPR@50: The Second Decade (19791988)
What would moving to new communities mean to people living in segregated public housing? How do crime and the fear of crime change people’s behavior? The researchers at IPR tackled these questions and others in the 1980s.

The Origins of the GOP's Tax Cut Policy
In her new book Starving the Beast (Russell Sage Foundation, 2019), IPR sociologist Monica Prasad examines how tax cuts became a dominant policy issue of the Republican Party during the Reagan administration.  

Faculty Spotlight: Beth Tipton
IPR statistician Beth Tipton finds her calling in “social statistics” and explores how statistics can be used across disciplines.

Terri Sabol Named ‘Rising Star’ in Psychology
IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol was honored for her early-career contributions by the Association for Psychological Science. 

Diane Schanzenbach Elected to National Academy of Education
IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach has been elected to the esteemed National Academy of Education (NAEd) in recognition of her outstanding research contributions on education issues.


IPR@50: The First Decade (1968–1978)
The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) marks its 50th year in the 2018–2019 academic year. Looking back to its founding, what made IPR the dynamic research hub it is today? Looking forward to the next half century, what of its legacy will shape the path ahead? 

Faculty Spotlight: Terri Sabol
IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol is rethinking early childhood education issues. She examines how classrooms, families, and neighborhoods each play a role in a child’s development. 

Subtle Racial and Political Discrimination in College Admissions 
A working paper by IPR political scientist James Druckman finds that politically engaged African Americans receive fewer responses when requesting information about college admissions. 

U.S. Children Show Clear Evidence of Bias at the Intersection of Race and Gender
A new study co-authored by IPR psychologist Sandra Waxman provides strong and consistent evidence of bias at the intersection of race and gender in 4-year-old children. 

Northwestern Researchers Examine Political Divide Behind Climate Change Beliefs
IPR political scientists James Druckman and Mary McGrath find individuals skeptical about climate change reject ostensibly credible scientific information because it contradicts what they already believe

Why Good Policies Go Bad
As part of an ambitious effort to reduce racial disparities in school disciplinary practices, IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa will be embedded in a large urban high school over the next five years to study the outcomes of its restorative justice program. 

Mesmin Destin Wins Early Career Award
IPR social psychologist Mesmin Destin, whose research emphasizes the key role socioeconomic status plays in the study of human behavior, was recognized by the American Psychological Association (APA) for his stellar work in the early stages of his career.

IPR Faculty Named Highly Cited Researchers
Greg Miller, Paola Sapienza, and David Cella were recently named 2018 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science.


IPR's Top Stories of 2018
Amid the nonstop news cycle throughout the year, IPR faculty research has provided a rigorous, evidence-based foundation for dialogue on pivotal policy issues. Many of IPR’s most-read 2018 articles reflect wider policy concerns, from bias in medicine and sexism, to crime and the future of work. They also reveal who our faculty experts are as leaders in their fields and why they do the work that they do.

The Changing Safety Net for Children
New research from IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach points to how safety net programs are “extremely effective at reducing poverty," but changes in government spending might harm the poorest children.

What Can the Midterms Tell Us About 2020?
At a recent IPR panel, Northwestern scholars discussed what the record-breaking midterms might mean for Congress, the media, and the economy over next two years and for the 2020 presidential election.

Inequality in Homicide Rates in Chicago Neighborhoods Increased Over 20-Year Period
A new study by IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos finds that despite the decline in violent crime over the past two decades, violent crime remains stubbornly concentrated in socially and economically disadvantaged communities.

Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Gerber
IPR associate Elizabeth Gerber studies "collective innovation," or the process of discovering new products and services interactively with the community.

Launching the Northwestern Neighborhood and Network Initiative
IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos sat down with IPR to discuss the launching of his new initiative, which aims to understand how people and institutions in neighborhoods are connected. 

Confronting Stereotypes
In a Northwestern Magazine profile, IPR developmental psychologist Onnie Rogers discusses how kids understand and engage with issues of inequality. 

What's Next for Healthcare? 
Vox senior health policy correspondent Sarah Kliff recently spoke at Northwestern about what Americans can expect for healthcare policy following the 2018 midterms.

How Contempt Divides America
American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks delivered a distinguished public policy lecture to the Northwestern community about how contempt divides America and what we can do about it.


Resilience May Be Neurobiological
A new study by IPR's Gregory Miller, Edith Chen, and Robin Nusslock published in PNAS explores why a second-hand experience of violence affects some youth but not others.

Gender Parity: The Long Game
IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa wrote an op-ed for Garnet News where shes ays key cultural shifts are still needed to change how girls are viewed, requiring parents and educators to play the "long gender game."

What Do Test Scores Miss?
A new study by IPR labor and education economist Kirabo Jackson finds that test scores alone can’t identify the teachers who have the biggest impact on students.

Education Lab Receives $15 Million Donation from AbbVie
The Education Lab out of the University of Chicago Urban Labs, codirected by IPR economist Jonathan Guryan, is receiving $15 million from AbbVie to give more students the resources they need to stay in school and succeed in life.


50 Years of Research Excellence and Policy Impact
In fall 1968, a small group of Northwestern scholars launched the Center for Urban Affairs—now the Institute for Policy Research—to bring faculty researchers together from across different disciplines to shed light on urban poverty and social ills. Across the year, IPR will celebrate its 50th anniversary, culminating with a two-day conference in the spring.

Faculty Spotlight: Joseph Ferrie
Economist and IPR associate Joseph Ferrie mines historical data to gain insight into today's policy questions.

Sheridan Fuller Named Robert Wood Johnson Scholar
IPR graduate research assistant Sheridan Fuller is one of 40 students nationwide who has been named a 2018 Health Policy Research Scholar by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. 

Ending an Epidemic
IPR associate Ronald Ackermann, who directs the Institute for Public Health and Medicine, is using community-based research to curb America's diabetes crisis.

Northwestern Expands Landmark Study on Delinquent Youth
For the past two decades IPR associate Linda Teplin has explored the lives (and deaths) of nearly 2,000 people who entered the U.S. juvenile justice system as adolescents. New funding is adding an intergenerational component to the project.

Securing Food and Water
Conversations with women worldwide drive IPR anthropologist Sera Young’s research.


The Great Recession: 10 Years Later
Though the U.S. economy steams ahead, many Americans continue to experience aftershocks of the worst U.S. economic crisis since the Great Depression, according to research by IPR faculty.

Larry Hedges Named 2018 Yidan Prize Winner
IPR statistician Larry Hedges, a preeminent scholar and global heavyweight in education research, has been awarded the 2018 Yidan Prize, the world’s largest prize in education research.

Infographic: Payday Loans Tied to Health Risks
In SSM - Population Health, IPR biological anthropologists Christopher Kuzawa and Thomas McDade outline how payday loans are associated with greater anxiety and more inflammation, which could be a sign of health problems.

Gender Identities Disrupted—and Reinforced
New research by IPR developmental psychologist Onnie Rogers finds that older children—and girls—are more likely to tell alternative narratives that disrupted the gender status quo.


Meet IPR's New Fellows
Robin Nusslock, Terri Sabol, Hannes Schwandt, Chloe Thurston, and Elizabeth Tipton join IPR’s more than 140 faculty researchers. IPR sociologist Julia Behrman will also be coming to campus after a year-long sabbatical at the University of Oxford.

Let Them Eat Clay
IPR anthropologist 
Sera Young recently presented on pica, or the craving and intentional consumption of earth, starch, chalk, and other non-food items. She examined why people eat earth at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS) in Amsterdam in June.

Sexism Follows Women Across States—and Their Lives
A new IPR working paper, co-authored by IPR economist Jonathan Guryan, is the first to document a persistent gap in women’s socioeconomic outcomes across job markets in the United States

Social Policy Can Save Lives
Income inequality and health inequality are not necessarily connected, according to a new study of U.S. and French death rates co-authored by IPR economist Hannes Schwandt.

SURA 2018 Student Blog
Each summer since 1998, IPR has run the Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants (SURA) program, which gives undergraduate students first-hand experience in the conceptualization and conduct of policy-relevant social science research. SURA students are sharing their research experience from their own perspective, and we will feature one student discussing the research project s/he is part of each week as part of an ongoing blog.