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IPR@50 Anniversary Conference

June 6, 2019 - June 7, 2019

Message from the director about IPR@50

"While many things have changed since our founding as an urban research institute in the social and political turmoil of 1968–69, our mission at Northwestern’s Institute for Policy Research has not: We conduct rigorous social science research and disseminate our findings widely. IPR’s brand of interdisciplinary research is as needed today as it was in 1968, and our award-winning faculty researchers continue to forge ahead, exemplifying our motto of 'Research Excellence. Policy Impact.' We have planned an exciting conference to celebrate our 50th, and I would like to thank IPR political scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong and IPR labor and education economist Kirabo Jackson and the IPR faculty committee for organizing it. 

—IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach 

IPR@50 is a year-long celebration that will involve public lectures by IPR faculty, former PhD students, and others that will culminate in a two-day conference on June 6–7, 2019. IPR’s 50th anniversary offers a unique moment to take stock of what we know about key research areas, to look at how IPR research has contributed to that knowledge base, and to chart a course for studying it in the years to come. 

Conference PDF available.

Thursday, June 6

Welcome to IPR@50 and

Neighborhood Inequality: What Does the Research Tell Us?  |  1:00–2:30 p.m.  |  Hardin Hall

  • Jonathan Guryan, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and IPR Fellow
  • Andrew Papachristos, Professor of Sociology and IPR Fellow
  • Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Professor of Sociology and African American Studies, Associate Vice President for Research, and IPR Fellow
  • Odette Yousef, Reporter, WBEZ (Moderator)

Causes and Consequences of Government Spending  |  2:45–4:00 p.m.  |  Hardin Hall

  • Kirabo Jackson, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and IPR Fellow
  • Matthew Notowidigdo, Associate Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow
  • Monica Prasad, Professor of Sociology and IPR Fellow
  • Sarah Karp, Reporter, WBEZ (Moderator)

"Evictions in America" - IPR@50 Distinguished Public Policy Lecture  |  4:30–5:45 p.m.
McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive

Friday, June 7

Reconvene IPR@50 and

Community Partnerships Produce Better Services and Research  |  9:00–10:15 a.m.  |  Hardin Hall

  • Lori Beaman, Associate Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow
  • Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy, Vice Provost for Academics, and IPR Fellow
  • David Figlio, Orrington Lunt Professor, Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, and IPR Fellow
  • Penny Bender Sebring, Co-Founder and Senior Research Associate, University of Chicago Consortium 
    on School Research
  • Paul Goren, Superintendent, Evanston/Skokie School District 65 (Moderator)

Breakthroughs in Policy Measurement  |  10:30–11:45 a.m.  |  Hardin Hall

  • Emma Adam, Professor of Human Development and Social Policy and IPR Fellow
  • Bruce Spencer, Professor of Statistics and IPR Fellow
  • Burton Weisbrod, Cardiss Collins Professor of Economics and IPR Fellow
  • Sera Young, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and IPR Fellow
  • Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, IPR Director and Margaret Walker Alexander Professor (Moderator)

From Cells to Society: How Experience Becomes Biology  |  12:45–2:00 p.m.  |  Hardin Hall

  • Edith Chen, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair, Professor of Psychology, and IPR Fellow
  • Christopher Kuzawa, Professor of Anthropology and IPR Fellow
  • Thomas McDade, Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology and IPR Fellow
  • Greg Miller, Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology and IPR Fellow (Moderator)

American Democracy and Its Discontents: What Ails Our Politics and What to Do About It  
2:15-3:30 p.m. |  Hardin Hall

  • James Druckman, Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science, and IPR Associate Director and Fellow
  • Laurel Harbridge-Yong, Associate Professor of Political Science and IPR Fellow
  • Rachel Davis Mersey, Associate Professor of Journalism and IPR Fellow
  • Jennifer Richeson, Philip R. Allen Professor of Psychology, Yale University
  • Peter Slevin, Associate Professor of Journalism, Medill (Moderator)

Closing Remarks and IPR Founders' Reception  |  3:30 p.m.  |  Hardin Hall