IPR Faculty: Goings and Comings

Sarah Mangelsdorf

Daniel Diermeier

Two Northwestern faculty members will be leaving the University and IPR for high-profile positions at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the University of Chicago, and three new faculty fellows will be joining IPR in the fall.

IPR associate and psychologist Sarah Mangelsdorf, dean of Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She will start her new position in August. Mangelsdorf arrived at Northwestern in 2008 and joined IPR in 2012.

Mangelsdorf is an internationally recognized scholar on children’s socioemotional development, attachment, and temperament, as well as family systems. She began her academic career at the University of Michigan in 1987, and prior to coming to Northwestern, she was the first woman to serve as dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2004–2008. While at Northwestern, Mangelsdorf worked closely with IPR’s executive leadership on faculty recruitment and retention.

At Madison, Mangelsdorf will join former IPR economist Rebecca Blank, who was named chancellor of the university in 2013 after serving in several top positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce, including as acting secretary. Blank was at IPR and Northwestern from 1989–1999, and directed several key initiatives for the Institute, including a joint national poverty research center with the University of Chicago.

“Sarah has led WCAS with wisdom, skill and creativity, and has been a wonderful collaborator,” said IPR Director David Figlio, Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics. “She and Becky Blank will make a remarkable leadership team for the University of Wisconsin.”

IPR associate, management professor, and political theorist Daniel Diermeier will also be departing in the fall to become dean of the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago.

Diermeier is currently IBM Distinguished Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice in the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern and directs the Ford Motor Company Center for Global Citizenship. A highly prolific scholar, Diermeier has published on a wide variety of topics, including experimental game theory, the use of language in politics, and reputation and crisis management, to name a few. He joined Northwestern in 1997 from the faculty of Stanford University, and became an IPR associate in 2004.

“Daniel is one of the foremost social scientists in the world, having published seminal articles in political science, economics, cognitive science, psychology, and management,” said James Druckman, IPR associate director and Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science. “He also has been an institutional leader at Northwestern and thus his imprint will be long lasting—he will undoubtedly be a transformative dean at the Harris School.”

IPR has long-standing ties to the Harris School and collaborates on joint events and projects. Several current IPR faculty have either received their degrees or were on the faculty of the Harris School and several IPR graduate research assistants have gone to study there either as postdoctoral fellows or have joined the Harris School faculty. As previously mentioned, IPR and Harris School faculty jointly ran a national poverty center from 1996–2003.

IPR social policy expert Fay Lomax Cook will also be taking a leave of absence from IPR and Northwestern to lead the Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences at the National Science Foundation, starting in the fall.

In the fall, IPR will welcome three new fellows, social psychologist Mesmin Destin, economist Cynthia Kinnan, and health and law scholar Michael Frakes. Both Destin and Kinnan are current IPR associates and Northwestern faculty members. Frakes joined IPR and Northwestern from Cornell University’s Law School. Biographies of IPR’s newest fellows will be posted in September.