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Coronavirus Media Mentions and Research by IPR Faculty

November 24, 2020
Stay up-to-date with the latest IPR faculty media mentions concerning COVID-19 as well as other IPR news related to the coronavirus. The University has been sending out official communications...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Social Disparities and Health; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 ${_EscapeTool.xml($page.getStructuredDataNode("subhead").textValue)}
Hannes Schwandt

Hannes Schwandt Named to Capital Magazine's '40 under 40'

November 24, 2020
IPR economist Hannes Schwandt, a professor in the School of Education and Social Policy, was named one of Capital magazine’s “Young Elite - the Top 40 under 40” this year in the...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 IPR scholar receives recognition from German business magazine
Depressed parent

New IPR Research: November 2020

November 18, 2020
This month's new research from IPR faculty covers how parent and adolescent stress influence executive functioning in urban youth, principals relationships with parents, how the internet can help...
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Election Celebration

Election 2020: Where Do We Go From Here?

November 18, 2020
 Biden-Harris supporters in Washington, D.C. celebrate the news on November 7. Four days after Election Day on November 7, major news organizations called it for Joe Biden. On November 9, the...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 IPR panelists dissect what election results indicate for key social issues and for the incoming administration
Depressed young adult

Depression Among Young Adults Soars During Pandemic

November 12, 2020
The next administration will face more than the COVID-19 infection in its battle against the pandemic: It will also have to face an unprecedented national mental health emergency. A new survey o...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Thoughts of suicide and self-harm increased 10 times over the rate before COVID-19
shoppers in line, queens

Computer Model Uses Cell Phone Data to Predict How COVID-19 Spreads

November 11, 2020
Shoppers stand in line in Queens during the pandemic.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Study identifies 'super-spreader' sites, shows how to better protect those most at risk for getting the virus
Voters in line

Which Issues Top Americans’ Minds as They Vote?

November 03, 2020
Voters wait in line at the start of early voting in Evanston, Ill., on October 20, 2020. As the nation heads into Election Day, a survey of more than 20,000 American voters on the most important p...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Survey also indicates how these top issues might affect their choice for president
boxing gloves

Democrats and Republicans Despise the Other Party More Than They Love Their Own

November 01, 2020
Political polarization between U.S. parties has only escalated since Newt Gingrich’s partisan attacks against President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. But for the first time, contempt for the o...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Supporters of political parties now operate like warring sects
College student on campus

Study Explores Contradiction Between Ideals of Women’s Empowerment and Participation by College Women in Greek Life

October 30, 2020
As the fall semester gets underway against the backdrop of a national reckoning with racial and social inequality in America, new research sheds light on an apparent conflict between women’...
2020 Women saw historically white sororities as putting the brakes on efforts to find equal footing with men
Young adults in masks

Growing Mental Health Issues Threaten Young Adults During the Pandemic

October 29, 2020
  Stress from COVID-19—along with stress related to healthcare, the economy, racism and the presidential election—is seriously threatening the mental health of our country...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 IPR's Emma Adam offers recommendations on coping with uncertainty
Woman fetching water

The Dangers of Collecting Drinking Water

October 29, 2020
An international study is one of the first to reveal how those who set out to collect drinking water in low- and middle-income countries can face serious injury. Co-authors IPR anthropologist Se...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Anthropologists reveal social and gender inequities of a hidden global health challenge
I voted sticker

Election 2020 Insights

October 22, 2020
  With less than two weeks to go until November 3, the 2020 election will be historic on many levels—from casting votes during a pandemic and ongoing protests around racial injustice to...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 IPR political experts dissect voter behavior, opinions, and partisanship amid a historic election marked by COVID-19
Social Media Users

Survey Finds Older Americans Tweet More Fake News About COVID-19

October 21, 2020
  Older Americans and Republicans are more likely to share fake news websites about COVID-19 on Twitter, new research shows. But at the same time, older people are less likely to believe misi...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Republicans also tweet out fake news sites more than Democrats, independents
Right Wing Group

Study Finds Connection Between Populist Ideology and Criminal Behavior

October 21, 2020
During this socially volatile moment in the U.S., is there a connection between having been arrested and belief in the “American First” ideology espoused by President Trump? A new st...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2020 IPR researcher links “America First” beliefs and lifetime criminal arrests
Therapist with patient

New IPR Research: October 2020

October 20, 2020
This month's new research from IPR faculty covers how therapists can help with unexplained illness, which groups are most likely to be misinformed about COVID-19, and the link between household w...
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COVID-19 Testing Speeds Increase

October 19, 2020
A woman hands a COVID-19 testing kit to a vehicle at a testing center at the Walmart Supercenter in Elizabethville, PA.  The average turnaround time for COVID-19 nasal swab tests decreased ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2020 Despite the faster test results, turnaround times are still too slow for broad contact tracing
Teacher in classroom

Supporting Interdisciplinary Research on Learning

October 14, 2020
On October 14, the Mindset Scholars Network announced the launch of the Data Archive for Interdisciplinary Research on Learning, or DAIRL, a new data and paper repository, that has been desi...
Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2020 IPR statistician Elizabeth Tipton is part of a network opening access to 34 datasets to improve education studies
Hannes Schwandt

Faculty Spotlight: Hannes Schwandt

October 14, 2020
Growing up in Germany, IPR economist Hannes Schwandt became curious about what underlies happiness—peoples’ health, their children, their well-being. He was also intrigued by the stud...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 IPR economist studies how economics can impact peoples’ wellbeing
Zoom screenshot

Undergraduates Gain Valuable Research Skills in a Rapidly Changing World

October 13, 2020
IPR director and economist Diane Schanzenbach worked with undergraduate research assistant Natalie Tomeh on Zoom this summer to study food insecurity and employment.  The Institute for...
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, students still got 'hands-on' policy-relevant research experience, albeit remotely
food insecurity US map

State Levels of Food Insecurity During COVID-19

October 09, 2020
The map shows average food insecurity rates for April 23–July 21 for all respondents. See a larger version of the map. During the COVID-19 crisis, rates of food insecurity have soared. Acc...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 New app allows users to visualize food insecurity data
Mail in ballot

Survey Shows Why 2020’s ‘Election Day’ Might Turn into ‘Election Week’

October 09, 2020
A new survey indicates why Americans might see President Trump ahead at the end of election night on November 3, but then see Biden pull ahead and declared the winner by the end the week. The re...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Counting a record number of mail-in votes could turn an early Trump lead into an eventual Biden win
Covid-19

Human Biologists Confront COVID-19

October 07, 2020
Several members of Northwestern's anthropology department, former and current, are among a diverse group of scholars who contributed to a special issue of The American Journal of Human Biology. T...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2020 Northwestern faculty and students examine critical issues in special journal issue
Support by State

As Relief Talks Stall, 80% of Americans Back Passage of a Fifth Coronavirus Bill

October 05, 2020
In the face of stalled talks on a new coronavirus relief package, the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives passed a largely symbolic $2.2 trillion one on October 1. A new national survey finds 80% of Americans support passage of a new relief bill. The survey, conducted between September 4 and 27, asked more than 20,000 Americans for their opinions on the next COVID-19 relief bill. Congress has passed four COVID-19 relief packages totaling $3.4 trillion since the start of the pandemic in the United States, including the latest, the CARES Act, on March 27. The strong support for a fifth bill cuts across party affiliation and race.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 New survey shows Americans prefer giving direct cash payments to individuals over other types of aid
Evanston police car

IPR Researchers Review Evanston’s Use of Force Policy

September 29, 2020
In September, the Northwestern Neighborhood and Network Initiative (N3), housed within IPR, delivered a report to the City of Evanston reviewing its use of force policy and data for its police de...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2020 N3 Initiative partners with city on report that could lead to greater accountability and transparency in its policing
Social Media Apps

National Survey: Misinformation About COVID-19 and Vaccine Acceptance

September 23, 2020
  If you get your news from social media, you are more likely to fall for misinformation about coronavirus conspiracies, risk factors, and preventative treatments, according to the latest sur...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Survey shows social media users are more likely to believe misinformation, local TV news and media websites lower misperceptions
SAGA Tutoring

Tutoring Program Supports High Schoolers Who Fall Behind During COVID-19

September 18, 2020
Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan visited tutors and students in the SAGA program at Bogan High School in Chicago. SAGA Education, an intensive math tutoring program, has been...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2020 SAGA can add up to two years of math in a single year; new funding to expand program in Chicago and New York
Street outreach workers

Managing Multiple Epidemics

September 17, 2020
A team of street outreach workers with Communities Partnering 4 Peace helps to manage three epidemics in Chicago. Chicago’s more than 180 street outreach workers, who work to prevent gun v...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 How street outreach workers are addressing gun violence and COVID-19
Candlelight Memorial

“How Do We Stop the Bleeding Today?”

September 16, 2020
  A vigil in June 2020 for George Floyd and others who have lost their lives to police brutality.  The protests that followed the killing of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis pol...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2020 IPR sits down with sociologist Andrew Papachristos to discuss the pandemics of gun violence and COVID-19, as well as policing
Francesca Gaiba

Spotlight: Francesca Gaiba

September 15, 2020
  Francesca Gaiba (left) presents a gift to the Williams Institute's Jocelyn Samuels at a joint IPR-ISGMH lecture in 2019.  In August, cultural anthropologist Francesca Gaiba joined IPR...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 IPR welcomes its first senior director of operations and outreach
White House Task Force

Public Trust and Americans’ Willingness to Vaccinate for COVID-19

September 15, 2020
The White House Task Force takes questions from reporters early on the pandemic in March 2020.  How much do Americans trust politicians, organizations, and others to “do the right thi...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Survey shows that a desire to vaccinate depends on trust in leaders and institutions
Ron DeSantis

Americans’ Approval of Governors’ Ability to Handle COVID-19 Continues to Decline

September 10, 2020
  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis saw his approval rating drop significantly in the latest survey results by IPR political scientist James Druckman looking at Americans' attitudes about the cor...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 New survey data shows their approval drops despite the decrease in cases across states
Memorial

The Riskiest Age to Become a Homicide Victim in Chicago

September 09, 2020
Despite the tragic and sudden rise in the number of young homicide victims in Chicago in 2020, the number of very young homicide victims has decreased sharply since the 1990s, according to new re...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 New research shows that the typical victim is in their late 20s
Food Distribution

Food Insecurity Remains Elevated Across All 50 States

September 09, 2020
Armando Leal Jr. Middle School's staff in San Antonio, Texas, distribute food to drivers picking up meals for their children.  The COVID-19 health emergency has led to a sharp economic slow...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Large increase in unemployment explains more than half of the increase in food insecurity
Texas food bank lines

Food Insecurity in the Census Household Pulse Survey Data Tables

September 09, 2020
 At a mass distribution site next to the Alamodome in Texas, recipients receive food from the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service Disaster Household Distributions and the San Antonio Food Bank. ...
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Harry Xie

SURA 2020 Student Blog

September 02, 2020
Each summer since 1998, the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) has run the Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants (SURA) program, which gives undergraduate students first-hand experience in...
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Women cleaning with water

Experts Highlight Importance of Water Security Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

August 24, 2020
Doctors and epidemiologists have continually emphasized the importance of handwashing during the COVID-19 pandemic, but still people across the globe struggle to access the clean water necessary ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Nearly 25% of households in lower-income countries struggle to find water for handwashing
Pregnant Woman

New IPR Research: August/September 2020

August 20, 2020
This month's new research from IPR faculty covers whether personality traits are associated with smoking and drinking during pregnancy, how retail health clinics affect emergency room use, privat...
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Girl at School

Americans Not Confident Schools Can Re-Open Safely

August 18, 2020
According to the latest results from an ongoing national survey of attitudes about COVID-19, most Americans do not believe it is safe for K-12 students to return to in-person classes ...
Education Policy; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Survey found differences across groups of Americans, notably by gender and race
Mother and Baby

Naming Guides How 12-Month-Old Infants Encode and Remember Objects

August 18, 2020
Even for infants just beginning to speak their first words, the way an object is named guides infants’ encoding, representation, and memory for that object, according to new research by IPR...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Research by IPR’s Sandra Waxman sheds light on the advantage of naming on infant object categorization
Police car

New Tool Maps Racial Disparity in Arrests Across the Country

August 14, 2020
As communities across America have gathered in recent months to protest police abuses, researchers are taking a close look at how, where, and why racial disparities in policing occur. IPR sociolo...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2020 IPR sociologist Beth Redbird measured racial disparities in data from 1999–2015

Outreach Program “Opens Doors”

August 13, 2020
When Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P) launched a new partnership among several leading outreach organizations aimed at reducing gun violence in Chicago, some resistance was expected. In many...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Participants in a program to curb urban violence praised its methods in a new report
Trump Rally

Examining President Trump’s Unusual Style of Party Leadership

August 13, 2020
  In February, President Donald Trump spoke at a "Keep America Great" rally in Phoenix, Arizona. Every Republican president dating back to Dwight D. Eisenhower seemed to act out the same bas...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Daniel Galvin outlines the unparalleled way in which Trump dominates the GOP
COVID Tests

Most Americans Willing to Vaccinate for COVID-19, While Testing Speeds Lag

August 06, 2020
Researcher examines a COVID-19 test to find out results at the Pennsylvania Department of Health Bureau of Laboratories.  According to the latest results from an ongoing national surve...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Survey shows average wait times miss the window for optimal contact tracing in 44 states
Kirabo Jackson

Northwestern Economist Kirabo Jackson Honored with Public Policy Prize

August 06, 2020
  IPR labor economist Kirabo (“Bo”) Jackson has been honored with the David N. Kershaw Award by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). The award recogn...
Education Policy 2020 Kershaw Award recognizes distinguished policy research contributions for scholars under 40
Zoom Screenshot

Exploring COVID-19’s Impact on Politics

August 03, 2020
COVID-19 took center stage at the 14th annual Chicago Area Social and Political Behavior Workshop, hosted virtually on July 10. “We altered the program to focus on COVID-19 and matters of ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Virtual workshop details effects on political engagement and racial attitudes
Sugary beverages

New IPR Research: July 2020

July 31, 2020
This month's new research from IPR faculty covers how parental depression and incarceration each affect children, how the public views partisanship, family sizes in France, narratives about gende...
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IPR Researchers Are Putting Data Into Action

July 31, 2020
IPR sociologist Beth Redbird's map of racial disparities in arrests. As the volume of information produced in the world increases every day, more data than ever is at the public’s fingerti...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Education Policy; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 New apps and visualization tools are delivering data on critical topics to policymakers and the public
Cynthia Coburn

Faculty Spotlight: Cynthia Coburn

July 30, 2020
IPR associate examines decision making and how research can become effective policy.
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 IPR associate examines decision making and how research can become effective policy
Food bank recipients

Racial Disparities in Food Insecurity Persist

July 09, 2020
A middle school in Arlington, Virginia provides families with meals during COVID-19, particularly for those eligible for free- or reduced-priced meals. During the COVID-19 crisis, food insecurit...
2020 New data shows Black and Hispanic households with children much more likely to experience food hardships
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Americans Are Losing Confidence in Government Executives’ Ability to Handle COVID-19

July 09, 2020
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey at a rally in 2018. The latest results from an ongoing survey of Americans’ opinions about the COVID-19 pandemic show that confidence in executive leadership is...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 New survey data from IPR’s James Druckman shows the average governor seeing a steep drop in approval rating.
Community ambassadors and CPD officers

Chicago Community Policing Initiative Shows Promise

July 07, 2020
 District 25 community ambassadors meet with CPD officers. In January 2019, the Chicago Police Department (CPD) in collaboration with the Policing Project at New York University School of Law...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2020 Early results show increased trust and community engagement
Patient in Hospital

COVID-19 Magnifies Racial Disparities in Health

June 25, 2020
  Only 30% of Chicago’s residents are African American, yet as of late June they comprise 44% of those who have died from COVID-19, according to Chicago’s Department of Public Hea...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2020 IPR researchers heed the call for data and policy perspectives
Student Working on Math

New IPR Research: June 2020

June 24, 2020
This month's new research from IPR faculty covers how bullying affects the brain, the effects of increasing private school choice vouchers on public school students, how feelings of uncertaint...
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Blood Test Kit

Antibody Testing Research Receives NSF RAPID Grant

June 17, 2020
Kit developed by Northwestern researchers to collect a finger stick dried blood spot. Northwestern University researchers have received a $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF...
Social Disparities and Health 2020 IPR project will investigate the origins of social inequalities in COVID-19 across Chicago neighborhoods
African School

Inequality Hurts Education Outcomes in 10 African Nations

June 16, 2020
Experts have begun to refer to a “learning crisis” in the developing world, where many of the poorest nations’ poorest children leave the school system without basic literacy or...
Social Disparities and Health; Education Policy 2020 New research from IPR sociologist Julia Behrman shows how poor schools fail poor children
Closed Sign

How the Economy Affects Health

June 11, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a difficult dilemma for policymakers as they weigh the cost of protecting public health versus opening the economy. IPR health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg M...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2020 Lessons from the Great Recession can inform policy in the current pandemic
Food Bank Volunteers

State-by-State Estimates of Food Insufficiency and Insecurity

June 10, 2020
Volunteers arrive to distribute food at the San Antonio Food Bank in Texas.  The COVID-19 crisis has not impacted everywhere in the U.S. equally, and to evaluate this as demonstrated b...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 In the U.S., food insecurity is more than two times what it was prior to COVID-19
Money

Racial Wealth Gap Growing for Families with Children

June 09, 2020
The wealth gaps between black and white families with children, and between Hispanic and black families, have widened since the Great Recession in 2007–09, even though the long-time gap bet...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Black families with children had one penny of wealth for every dollar white families had in 2016
police car

Americans’ Trust in Institutions' Ability to Handle COVID-19 is Fading

June 08, 2020
According to the latest results from an ongoing survey of Americans’ opinions about the COVID-19 pandemic, Americans’ trust is fraying in their institutions’ ability to respond ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2020 New survey data shows the largest drop among police, with trust falling by nearly 10 points.
Drug Trial

Imprecise Findings in COVID-19 Drug Trials Could Steer Clinicians Away From Innovative Treatments

June 08, 2020
As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, researchers are reporting findings of randomized trials comparing standard care with care augmented by experimental drugs. The trials have small sample sizes,...
Social Disparities and Health 2020 In a new IPR working paper, IPR's Charles Manski says this could negatively affect patient outcomes
Mask and syringe

Racial Bias in Medicine and Racial Disparities in COVID-19

June 04, 2020
Recent news stories have highlighted the racial disparities in COVID-19 deaths nationally and locally in Chicago, with many noting that the “great equalizer” has been far from equal. ...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 Research by IPR’s Sylvia Perry sheds light on racial disparities around COVID-19
Queens food bank

‘I’ve Never Seen Numbers This Bad’

June 01, 2020
People wait in line outside a food pantry at St. Bartholomew's Roman Catholic Church in Elmhurst, Queens.  IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach has studied food insecurity...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 IPR’s Diane Schanzenbach details the nation’s widespread COVID-19 food crisis, calls on lawmakers to act
Ballot

Most Americans Support Vote by Mail During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 29, 2020
A majority of Americans (60%) support efforts to make it easier to vote by mail in the upcoming November election, including majorities in 46 states, according to the latest report from an ongoin...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Three out of five Americans support efforts to allow them to mail in ballots
McGrath

Soledad McGrath Joins IPR’s N3 as Executive Director

May 27, 2020
On May 1, Soledad Adrianzén McGrath (WCAS 98) joined the Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative, or N3, as its first executive director. McGrath, who returns to Northwestern where s...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 Legal and policy expert discusses new role and ‘coming home’ to Northwestern
Pregnant woman

Worried About Having a Baby During the Pandemic?

May 26, 2020
  How will the coronavirus affect pregnant women and their babies? What can be learned from the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic and seasonal influenza? Studies show that if a woman gets the flu dur...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Research provides cautious optimism about how COVID-19 affects pregnant women and their children
Social Distancing Signs

Most Americans Prefer to Wait to Reopen the Country

May 22, 2020
A majority of Americans (60%) continue to prefer that the country wait at least four weeks before reopening, according to a new survey of more than 20,000 Americans between May 2 and 15. But part...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 But results shows partisan gaps emerging on most survey topics
food bank traffic

Food Insecurity and Food Pantry Use

May 18, 2020
A man assists with traffic control at the Chesterfield Food bank.  The COVID Impact Survey also collected representative information for a select set of states and metropolitan areas. The t...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Report offers second week of estimates for 10 U.S. states and 8 metro areas
food bank

Food Insecurity Remains at Persistently High Levels in May

May 18, 2020
A member of the National guard helps at a food bank in Ohio.  In their May 18 report, IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and research analyst Abigail Pitts continue to mon...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Second week of data continue to show 1 in 3 respondents reporting food insecurity; 1 in 10 in New York and Texas reported help from a food pantry in the previous week
food bank

Food Insecurity and Food Pantry Interactions

May 14, 2020
The COVID Impact Survey also collected representative information for a select set of states and metropolitan areas. These data allow IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach and rese...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 New report offers estimates for 10 U.S. states and 8 metro areas
food bank

Food Insecurity Triples for Families with Children During COVID-19 Pandemic

May 13, 2020
Food bank in Olympia, Washington.   The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted lives in a manner unprecedented in modern times, but for none more so than low-income working families with children. Une...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 Data show nearly half worry they will run out of food and have no money for more
Office Desk

How Scientists Are Mobilizing to Fight COVID-19

May 07, 2020
An unprecedented challenge like the COVID-19 pandemic calls for not just interdisciplinary collaboration, but for scholars to reach out across communities and pool their resources to better under...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Education Policy 2020 National panel of researchers discussed the shared response to the coronavirus pandemic
COVID-19 Screening

Social Science Takeaways for Policymakers Managing COVID-19

May 06, 2020
Unrest, confusion, and anxiety are growing around the country as policymakers determine how best to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a Nature Human Behaviour article, more than 40 social scie...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 A new study offers research insights for better communication, following guidelines, and more
Voting Sticker

New IPR Research: May 2020

May 06, 2020
This month's new research from IPR faculty covers ethnic and socioeconomic identities in college, whether voters are biased against female political candidates, the motivation behind public service...
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Blood Samples

A New Test for SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies

May 06, 2020
An assay plate contains samples of reconstituted blood collected from a finger prick that are ready for analysis. As antibody testing ramps up across the country, a team of Northwestern Universit...
Social Disparities and Health 2020 Minimally invasive approach requires one drop of blood
Separated Family

Easing the Impact of COVID-19

April 30, 2020
  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, with the U.S. now leading the world in reported cases, an international team of leading social scientists came together to analyze what the soc...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 Social and behavioral scientists offer research insights to address isolation, prejudice, relationships, polarization, and other pressing issues
Crystal Clark

Faculty Spotlight: Crystal Clark

April 29, 2020
 In medical school, psychiatrist and IPR associate Crystal T. Clark found herself torn between two passions: psychiatry, and obstetrics and gynecology. Rather than make a difficult choice, s...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 Psychiatrist and IPR associate challenges stigmas of mental illness in pregnant women
AAAS Logo

Five IPR Faculty Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences

April 29, 2020
IPR faculty Edith Chen, Mary Pattillo, James Spillane, Teresa Woodruff, and Jennifer Richeson were elected to the National Academy of Arts and Sciences  in April.   Five of the Institu...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 The researchers were recognized for their exceptional achievements

Heart Disease More Likely for Adults With Adverse Childhoods

April 28, 2020
Children who experience trauma, abuse, neglect, and family dysfunction are at increased risk of having heart disease as adults, according to a new study by community health scholar and IPR associ...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2020 New study establishes link between childhood family environment and adult health
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Social Science Research in a COVID-19 World

April 08, 2020
  As COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S. and around the globe, its effects have been wide-ranging and abrupt, throwing untold tens of millions out of work, shutting down societies and ec...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2020 IPR researchers apply their research, launch new projects to tackle pandemic’s wide-ranging effects

IPR Experts Discuss Diversity in Developmental Science

April 02, 2020
Three IPR fellows spoke at a university-wide March forum on diversity-related issues in developmental science, presenting their own research and new frameworks on topics including children’s social awareness of racial issues and racial disparities in school expulsions.
2020 Three psychologists examine issues of racial identity and bias in their field
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Why Do Legislators Reject ‘Half-Loaf’ Compromises?

April 01, 2020
In her new book Rejecting Compromise, IPR political scientist Laurel Harbridge-Yong and her colleagues find that one of the key predictors of rejecting compromise was the perception that vot...
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Tackling Early Childhood Education

March 24, 2020
  Students in IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol's class, including undergraduate Alan Perez (center), made policy recommendations before  the Illinois governor's office abo...
Education Policy 2020 In a course taught by IPR’s Terri Sabol, undergraduates give policy recommendations to the governor’s office
Jason DeParle

Global Migration: ‘The World’s Greatest Anti-Poverty Program’

March 19, 2020
New York Times reporter Jason DeParle spoke about his immersive reporting on global migration and its impact on one family at Northwestern University. In 2018, remittances to low- and middle- in...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 New York Times reporter recounts one family’s journey from Manila’s slums to Galveston’s suburbs
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New IPR Research: March 2020

March 18, 2020
This month's new research from IPR faculty covers nutrition in pregnancy, women’s empowerment and child nutrition, effects of grade-retention policies, polarization and democratic norms, the ...
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Believing in a Positive Future Can Help Resist Stigma

March 17, 2020
IPR sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa found that anger and optimism for the future helped those with a criminal record resist stigma.  An estimated 77 million Americans, or as many as 1 in 3, h...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 IPR sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa finds that anger and optimism for the future helps those with a criminal record resist stigma.

For Agrarian Communities, Climate Change’s Effects Are Personal

February 28, 2020
Climate change has implications for everything from immigration to agricultural policy, but its most immediate impact is on the daily lives of people experiencing its effects. In a recent working...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2020 IPR sociologist Julia Behrman examines how extreme weather affects marriage, births in Malawi
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New IPR Research: February 2020

February 28, 2020
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty.   Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy  How Anger in Protest Movements Can Backfire The past decade of American life ha...
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Two IPR Faculty Elected to the National Academy of Education

February 27, 2020
IPR faculty Cynthia Coburn and Kirabo Jackson were elected to the National Academy of Education in February.   IPR faculty experts Kirabo Jackson and Cynthia Coburn were two of 15 prominent...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2020 Jackson and Coburn join more than 200 prominent scholars, including eight IPR faculty
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Faculty Spotlight: Molly Schnell

February 25, 2020
IPR economist Molly Schnell studies healthcare access, physician incentives, and mental health.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2020 IPR economist studies healthcare access, physician incentives, and mental health
Beth Redbird

What Drives Native American Poverty?

February 24, 2020
IPR sociologist Beth Redbird presented her research on what drives Native American poverty on Jan. 29.  Across the United States, 1 in 3 Native Americans are living in poverty, with a media...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2020 Sociologist Beth Redbird’s research points to job loss, not education, as a key driver
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What Can College Football Can Teach Us About Democracy?

January 23, 2020
Northwestern's football team takes the field at their opening home game on September 14. Many of the players in this year’s Super Bowl were, at one point, college football stars. Top-divis...
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2020 IPR’s James Druckman shows how reforms within the NCAA can illuminate U.S. policymaking
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New Prediction Model Seeks to Improve Success of Kidney Transplants

January 22, 2020
In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, IPR economist Charles Manski and his colleagues apply econometric analysis to improve prediction of transplant success. Similar analysis could also benefit other types of organ transplants.
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2020 IPR’s Charles Manski brings econometric analysis to the field of transplant prediction
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New IPR Research: January 2020

January 21, 2020
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty. Click on the study to read more.  The Evolution of Human Trafficking Messaging in the United States by Tabitha Bonilla and C...
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New IPR Research: January 2020

January 21, 2020
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty.   Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy  The Evolution of Human Trafficking Messaging in the United States Human traff...
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Producing Evidence for Better Policy Decisions

January 21, 2020
In 2019, IPR’s most-read articles reflected a year of celebration, as IPR marked its 50th anniversary, and of commitment, as studies tackled many of the persistent problems that society has faced since IPR’s founding in 1968.
Urban Policy and Community Development; Social Disparities and Health; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2020 IPR’s top-read articles of 2019 highlight interdisciplinary policy research

Applying Research in Classrooms

December 23, 2019
In a conversation hosted by IPR’s Statistics and Evidence-Based Policy and Practice (STEPP) Center, IPR associate Cynthia Coburn and Paul Goren, both of the School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), discussed the effort needed on all sides to help research work its way into the classroom.
2019 A researcher and a practitioner explore how school districts use evidence

Assessing the Bankruptcy Law of 2005

December 16, 2019
In 2005, Congress passed the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (BAPCPA) after heated debate. The new law was designed to deter people from pursuing bankruptcy by making fili...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 IPR economist Matthew Notowidigdo uncovers costs and benefits

New IPR Research: December 2019

December 16, 2019
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty.  Social Disparities and Health How Culture and Identity Affect Risk-Taking Behavior  Different cultures have different attitudes ...
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Faculty Spotlight: Sylvia Perry

December 16, 2019
IPR associate Sylvia Perry researches how attitudes and bias form and influence behavior looking at bias awareness, stereotypes of biracial Americans, and bias in medicine.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2019 IPR associate researches how attitudes and bias form and influence behavior
Janet Currie

Distinguished Lecture: Child Health As Human Capital

December 12, 2019
Janet Currie lectured on the importance of child health to long-term academic and labor outcomes.  If the Oxford Dictionary defines capital as “a valuable resource of a particular kind,...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2019 Princeton’s Janet Currie explains how public health insurance improves lives
Margaret Gordon

‘50 Years of Women’ at IPR: The Early Years

November 20, 2019
How does women’s fear of rape influence their behavior? Why did the ERA fail? What changes are women in the labor market making and how does their involvement affect them as mothers? IPR researchers studied these women’s issues, among many, in the first two decades.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development; Social Disparities and Health 2019 IPR researchers have pioneered vital research on women’s issues and gender roles
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‘50 Years of Women’ at IPR

November 20, 2019
From sexism in the workplace and gender attitudes to understanding women’s fear of rape and why the Equal Rights Amendment failed, IPR faculty have pioneered vital research on women’s...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2019 IPR researchers have pioneered vital research on women’s issues and gender roles

New IPR Research: November 2019

November 19, 2019
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty.  Social Disparities and Health Female Disadvantage in Under-Five Mortality in India In Indian family life infant sons are preferred to d...
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Rethinking How We Study Civil Wars

November 18, 2019
Ana Arjona presenting at a November 11 IPR colloquium. Having spent her career studying the local dynamics of conflict zones, political scientist and IPR associate Ana Arjona is now turning to i...
2019 IPR’s Ana Arjona examines how tendency to focus on violence can warp perceptions

Faculty Spotlight: Jordan Gans-Morse

November 15, 2019
Jordan Gans-Morse at the Marshall Center’s 2017 Black Sea-Eurasia Region Countering Corruption Seminar. (Marshall Center photo by Christine June) The last time Ukraine dominated the global...
2019 Discovering the causes of—and solutions to—corruption in government
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The Balancing Act of a Strong College Counseling Program

November 05, 2019
High school guidance counselors can have a significant impact on whether young people pursue higher education. IPR researchers find adding resources to a high school counseling office can boost c...
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News, Entertainment, or Both?

October 30, 2019
In a media environment where comedians like Trevor Noah host late-night talk shows highlighting news headlines and combative pundits like Tucker Carlson provide commentary while discussing curren...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 IPR associate Stephanie Edgerly examines how audiences assess what constitutes news

Building an ‘Evidence-Based Ecosystem’

October 29, 2019
The STEPP Center believes in “a scientific approach to transform the social world and a practice-driven approach to advance science,” and says its goal is to “improve lives through methodological innovation in research.” IPR statistician and co-founder Elizabeth Tipton says interdisciplinary cooperation will be key to STEPP’s overall contribution to the policy sphere.
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2019 With new STEPP Center, IPR’s top statistical minds aim to boost policymaking

Faculty Spotlight: Julia Behrman

October 24, 2019
IPR sociologist Julia Behrman got hooked on Africa when she conducted research in Senegal as an undergraduate looking at reproductive health services in 2005. The continent’s rich history a...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019 Taking a Global Perspective on the Family

How Does Partisanship Shape Voters’ Perception of the Facts?

October 21, 2019
Image from Creative Commons. Pollsters blanket the country every two years, if not more, with the mission of taking American voters’ temperature on issues from healthcare to climate change...
Performance Measurement and Rewards; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 IPR’s John Bullock examines how voters respond to survey questions

New IPR Research: October 2019

October 21, 2019
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty.  Social Disparities and Health The Consequences of Foster Care Versus Institutional Care in Early Childhood on Adolescent Cardiometabolic...
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New Research Furthers Understanding About What Shapes Human Gut Microbiome

October 08, 2019
A new Northwestern University study finds that despite human’s close genetic relationship to apes, the human gut microbiome is more similar to that of Old World monkeys like baboons than to that of apes like chimpanzees.
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New tool provides critical information for addressing the global water crisis

September 30, 2019
The HWISE Scale could be transformative for understanding water insecurity.
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IPR Researcher to Discuss New Book on HIV/AIDS Epidemic

September 30, 2019
IPR fellow Celeste Watkins-Hayes will discuss her new book "Remaking a Life" on October 2.  Steven Thrasher, the inaugural Daniel H. Renberg Chair of social justice in reporting and an assi...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 Celeste Watkins-Hayes to speak with Medill's Steven Thrasher in October

New IPR Research: September 2019

September 24, 2019
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty.  Social Disparities and Health Supportive Parenting Protects Developing Brains from Poverty  In the United States, 40 percent of ch...
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Meet IPR's New Fellows

September 24, 2019
 From left: Tabitha Bonilla, Sally Nuamah, and Molly Schnell.   Three new fellows are joining the Institute for Policy Research in September, adding their expertise in political sci...
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019 Researchers bring expertise in economics, education, and public opinion

SURA Program Gives Undergraduates Practical Research Experience

September 24, 2019
Northwestern student Mary Okematti (left) discusses a project with IPR psychologist Sandra Waxman (right), who mentored Okematti during the SURA program over the summer.  Since 1998, the Inst...
Performance Measurement and Rewards; Urban Policy and Community Development; Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2019 24 undergraduates worked with IPR faculty over the summer
Tabitha Bonilla

Faculty Spotlight: Tabitha Bonilla

September 24, 2019
IPR fellow Tabitha Bonilla studies public opinion and how communication influences voters and policies.  As a first-generation college student, IPR social policy expert Tabitha Bonilla t...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 IPR social policy expert studies public opinion and the everyday consumption of politics

Applying the Tools of Economics to Medical Decision Making

September 10, 2019
IPR econometrician Charles F. Manski applies the tools of economics to medical decision making, showing how uncertainty influences every stage, from risk analysis to treatment, and how this ca...
Performance Measurement and Rewards 2019 In his new book, IPR's Charles F. Manski examines how cutting-edge economics can improve decision making methods for doctors

Boycotts Can Alter How Legislators Respond to Voters

September 09, 2019
Image courtesy of Felton Davis, Flickr. The proliferation of calls to boycott companies from Amazon and CVS to Chick-fil-A and Nike has continued unabated in recent years, fueled in part by soci...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 IPR’s James Druckman explores the effects of ‘private politics’ on a democratic society

Top-Notch Methods Training

September 04, 2019
Graduate Student Makeda Austin explains how to use a blood pressure machine during the SIBASS workshop.  Two IPR faculty-led trainings over the summer allowed more than 50 researchers from ac...
Education Policy; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 IPR-led workshops provide unique opportunity to improve research capacity
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SURA 2019 Student Blog

August 22, 2019
Each summer since 1998, the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) has run the Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants (SURA) program, which gives undergraduate students first-hand experience in...
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Preparing the Next Generation of Policy-Minded Scholars

August 21, 2019
Former IPR graduate research assistant Mollie McQuillan (standing), who worked with scholars in various disciplines while at the Institute, teaches an undergraduate class on gender identity,...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy 2019 Former graduate RAs apply interdisciplinary lessons from IPR to their research, careers
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Peer Influence, Social Networks Might Be Leveraged to Reduce Gun Violence

August 19, 2019
IPR's Andrew Papachristos and George Wood show how leveraging the power of networks could help reduce gun violence in areas typically marked by high crime rates. A new Northwestern University st...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2019 Study shows how "call-in meetings" reduced rates of victimization
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Are Attitudes Contagious?

August 19, 2019
Research may lay the foundation for group-based biases. If you were to meet two new people, and others seem to be more friendly toward one of those individuals, would that lead you to like that ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 Study has implications for how people make sense of the nonverbal messages they are exposed to in everyday life
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Faculty Spotlight: Charles F. Manski

August 19, 2019
IPR econometrician Charles F. Manski's work is deeply rooted in methodology, but inexorably tied to policy and motivated by real-world problems. A body of nearly 150 peer-reviewed articles and e...
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2019 ‘Unlearning and discovery’ to improve public policy
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The Next Generation of Problem-Solving Sociologists

August 19, 2019
Northwestern's Sociology Department is home to the Problem-Solving Sociology Dissertation Proposal Development Workshop founded by IPR's Monica Prasad. Doctoral students in sociology from across t...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 IPR-led workshop helps PhD students develop dissertations to solve real-world issues
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New Novel Looks at Dissent and Political Violence in the 1960s

August 14, 2019
Rebellion, Love, Betrayal John Heinz, Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Law and IPR faculty emeritus, has a new title to add to his many other distinguished honors: novelist.  Since his...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 Retired IPR faculty researcher explores key issues through fiction
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Study Finds ‘Growth Mindset’ Intervention Taking Less Than an Hour Raises Grades for Ninth Graders

August 07, 2019
IPR's Elizabeth Tipton worked on a study looking at the academic benefits of an online program designed to help students develop a growth mindset. A groundbreaking study of more than 12,000 nin...
Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2019 Intervention studied by IPR faculty is first to show national applicability, breaks new methodological ground
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Police Officers’ Exposure to Peers Accused of Misconduct Shapes Their Subsequent Behavior

August 01, 2019
IPR's Andrew Papachristos and his fellow researchers examined the records of more than 8,000 Chicago police officers named in multiple complaints from 2007 to 2015 to determine the role soci...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development; Social Disparities and Health 2019 Study by IPR faculty is one of the first to analyze police officers’ networks to determine how misconduct may be socially transmitted
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Strong Family Relationships May Help With Asthma Outcomes for Children Living in Dangerous Neighborhoods

July 19, 2019
IPR's Edith Chen finds a link between strong family relationships and better asthma outcomes for children living in violent neighborhoods.  Positive family relationships might help you...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2019 A study by IPR's Edith Chen looks at the impact of positive family relationships on health
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Women No Longer Regarded as Less Competent Than Men but Still Seen as Less Ambitious and Decisive

July 18, 2019
Researchers investigated how gender stereotypes in the U.S. have evolved over seven decades. Good news for women—they are no longer regarded as less competent than men on average, accordin...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 Research by IPR's Alice Eagly looks at how stereotypes of women have changed since 1946
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The Next 50 Years of Policy Research

July 17, 2019
For its 50th anniversary, IPR decided to look forward rather than back.  Held over June 6–7, the six panels of “IPR@50: The Next 50 Years of Research” investigated governmen...
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Education Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019 Conference explores how IPR research is set to tackle 21st-century policy challenges
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Cells to Society: How Experience Becomes Biology

July 17, 2019
From left: Greg Miller investigates the impact of social and biological environments on health outcomes with Christopher Kuzawa, Edith Chen, and Thomas McDade.  IPR health psychologist Greg M...
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Community Partnerships Produce Better Services and Research

July 17, 2019
   Moderator Paul Goren (pictured below) pursued big-picture questions on community partnerships with, from left, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, Penny Sebring, Lori Beaman, and David Figlio. &...
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American Democracy and Its Discontents

July 16, 2019
From left: Peter Slevin dug into the ailments of American democracy, and possible fixes, with with Rachel Davis Mersey, Laurel Harbridge-Yong, James Druckman, and Jennifer Richeson.  Subs...
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Causes and Consequences of Government Spending

July 16, 2019
From left: Sarah Karp dissected government spending on key social policies with Kirabo Jackson, Monica Prasad, and Matthew Notowidigdo.  What do we know about U.S. government spending on key ...
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Neighborhood Inequality: What Does the Research Tell Us?

July 16, 2019
From left: Odette Yousef asks panelists Celeste Watkins-Hayes, Jonathan Guryan, and Andrew Papachristos about the impact of unequal neighborhoods on their residents.  How much impact does env...
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IPR@50 Panel Summaries

July 16, 2019
Neighborhood Inequality: What Does the Research Tell Us? Inequality is pervasive and persistent, intersecting with issues of race, education, housing, and social status—to name but a fe...
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Distinguished Lecture: Evictions in America

July 16, 2019
Matthew Desmond described how soaring housing costs and stagnant incomes are linked to a rise in U.S. evictions.  Many Americans believe that the 2007 subprime mortgage crisis was the last ma...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 Matthew Desmond challenges researchers to publicize data and rethink poverty research
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Breakthroughs in Policy Measurement

July 12, 2019
From left: IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach discussed the “arduous work” of policy measurement with Burton Weisbrod, Emma Adam, Bruce Spencer, and Sera Young.  “Poli...
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Celeste Watkins-Hayes Examines the Process of ‘Dying From’ to ‘Living With’ HIV/AIDS in Her New Book

July 11, 2019
IPR sociologist and African American studies researcher Celeste Watkins-Hayes looks at more than 100 women living with HIV/AIDS in her new book.   “If it weren’t for HIV...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2019 'Remaking a Life' draws upon the personal stories of more than 100 women living with HIV/AIDS in Chicago
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Some Stereotypes Seem to be Universally Applied to Biracial Groups in the U.S.

July 11, 2019
A new Northwestern University study has found evidence that there are some stereotypes that seem to be universally applied to biracial groups in the U.S.    Stereotypes often guid...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 A study by IPR's Sylvia Perry suggests biracial people may be thought of as their own racial group
Chloe Thurston

Faculty Spotlight: Chloe Thurston

July 11, 2019
IPR political scientist Chloe Thurston studies the intersection of politics and the economy through historical analysis.  Chloe Thurston never intended to study politics. As an undergrad...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2019 IPR political scientist explores the role government and interest groups play in public policy
Larry Hedges

Yidan Prize Winner Announces New Education Research Center

July 01, 2019
IPR's Larry Hedges was named a Yidan Prize winner in 2018 and co-hosted the Yidan Prize Conference at Northwestern University on May 23–24.  IPR education researcher and statistician La...
Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2019 IPR's Larry Hedges will launch center within IPR for education statistics, policy, and practice
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Poverty Leaves a Mark on Our Genes

June 28, 2019
Poverty leaves a mark on nearly 10 percent of the genes in the genome, finds IPR anthropologist Thomas McDade. A new Northwestern University study challenges prevailing understandings of gene...
Social Disparities and Health 2019 Study’s findings challenge understandings of genes as fixed features of our biology
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Emissions-Cheating Vehicles Linked to Worse Health Outcomes in Babies, Children Across U.S.

June 19, 2019
A working paper by IPR's Hannes Schwandt finds "cheating" diesel car emissions are linked to lower birth weights for more than 38,600 newborns and to an increase in acute asthma in infants and ...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019 Study finds lower birth weights and acute asthma across the socioeconomic spectrum
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Do Some Countries Discriminate More Than Others?

June 18, 2019
Do some countries discriminate against racial minorities in the hiring process more than others? A new meta-analysis on hiring discrimination by IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian and his ...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian explores racial discrimination in labor markets
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The Brain Consumes Half of a Child’s Energy—and That Could Matter for Weight Gain

June 17, 2019
Variation in brain energy expenditure during childhood could be linked to obesity risk, finds IPR biological anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa. Weight gain occurs when an individual’s energy...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019 New study by IPR's Christopher Kuzawa proposes that variation in brain energy expenditure during childhood could be linked to obesity risk

New IPR Research: August 2019

June 03, 2019
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty. Education Policy  The Impact of Refugees on Classmates’ Schooling The world today faces the largest refugee crisis since the end o...
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New IPR Research: June 2019

June 03, 2019
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty. Performance Measurement and Rewards Overcoming Barriers to Safety Net Sign-Ups Why do people fail to sign up for social safety net programs l...
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IPR@50: The Fourth Decade (1999-2008)

June 01, 2019
Cells to Society (C2S) launched in 2005 to understand how experiences shape biology. C2S also trains researchers in how to use biomarkers in studies (above the attendees and organizers of the 2011 ...
Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 New directions, new methods, and new centers
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Research Round-Up: Studying Mental Health

May 16, 2019
IPR faculty researchers are making progress in understanding mental health issues and potential policy implications. In a given year in the United States, 43.8 million people experience a mental h...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2019 IPR researchers making progress in mental health research
Annette D'Onofrio

Faculty Spotlight: Annette D'Onofrio

May 16, 2019
IPR associate Annette D'Onofrio studies how language defines our perceptions. Growing up in Minnesota, linguistics scholar and IPR associate Annette D’Onofrio was always attuned to the...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019 Linguistics scholar examines how speech defines our perceptions
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IPR@50: The Third Decade (1989–1998)

May 13, 2019
IPR researchers continued the study of persistent poverty in America. This is the third of a five-part series that will examine how IPR has grown and evolved in each decade. IPR Director Diane Wh...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 Identity and Ambitions
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Accuracy Versus Cost in the 2020 Census

May 13, 2019
While the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates whether to allow a citizenship question on the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau continues to prepare for its launch on April 1. In a recent working paper, sta...
Performance Measurement and Rewards 2019 IPR statisticians consider the potential losses for states due to an inaccurate count
IPR political scientist James Druckman, who organizes the annual workshop, welcoming the 2019 CAB participants.

CAB 2019: Old Friends and New Ideas

May 10, 2019
IPR political scientist James Druckman, who organizes the annual workshop, welcomed the 2019 CAB participants. More than 100 scholars and graduate students from the Midwest gathered on Northwester...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 Long-running workshop launches collaborations and discussions
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New IPR Research: May 2019

May 03, 2019
Below is this month's new research from IPR faculty. Social Disparities and Health (Cells to Society) College Graduation Helps and Hurts Disadvantaged Minorities’ Health College graduates ...
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Three IPR Fellows Selected for National Recognition

May 01, 2019
IPR faculty Christopher Kuzawa, Lincoln Quillian, and Sera Young each received recognition for their excellence in research.  Three IPR fellows—anthropologists Christopher Kuzawa and Se...
2019 Major academic accolades underscore research talent
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Pregnancy Complications Rise for Illinois Women

May 01, 2019
Pregnancy complications increased in Illinois between 2010 and 2015, find Feinberg researchers.  Severe maternal morbidity remained stable in Illinois between 2010 and 2015, while more women ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2019 Study by IPR and Feinberg faculty finds severe maternal morbidity remained stable, while other pregnancy complications increased
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Scaling Up to Measure Water Insecurity

May 01, 2019
IPR's Sera Young spoke on the importance of water security at an HWISE event in February.  Over the past three years, a tightknit team of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners devel...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2019 Research network partners with Gallup, UNESCO to expand global survey
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Women Still Ask for Less: Hourly Rates in the Online Marketplace

May 01, 2019
Fewer women than men participate in the labor force, and the ones who do earn less on average than their male coworkers. But do these labor-market and wage gaps still hold in the gig economy? Thro...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019 IPR associate Elizabeth Gerber finds women bill less than men in the gig economy
Sera Young

Sera Young Named Andrew Carnegie Fellow

April 23, 2019
IPR anthropologist Sera Young was named to the fifth class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows.  IPR anthropologist Sera Young is among the fifth class of Andrew Carnegie Fellows, comprising ...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2019 IPR anthropologist named to fifth class of 32 scholars in the social sciences, humanities
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The Impact of Immigration

April 11, 2019
IPR faculty have studied the history and effects of immigration in the United States. Faculty researchers at the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) have long studied issues related to immigrant...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 IPR faculty researchers detail effects on U.S. population, jobs, and economy
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IPR@50: The Second Decade, 1979–1988

April 10, 2019
Stateway Gardens, one of the Chicago Housing Authority’s high-rise public housing complexes, housed nearly 7,000 people in 1973. In 1976, the landmark public housing discrimination case, Hill...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2019 Neighborhoods and New Methods
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IPR@50: The First Decade (1968–1978)

March 20, 2019
Protests and riots broke out across the nation in spring 1968 following Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s assassination. This is the first of a five-part series that will examine how IPR has gro...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2019 Innovation and Continuity
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Effects of Prenatal Testosterone on Females in Male-Female Twin Pairs

March 19, 2019
Women who shared their mother’s womb with a male twin are less likely to graduate from high school or college, have earned less by their early 30s, and have lower fertility and marriage rat...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2019 First nation-level study to suggest fetal testosterone transfer from a male twin impacts education, income, fertility rates in females
Pablo Boczkowski

Faculty Spotlight: Pablo Boczkowski

March 18, 2019
Since joining his first news chatroom in 1996, IPR associate Pablo Boczkowski’s research has followed the transformation of online journalism—from the early days of news websites in the 1990’s to social media’s influence on today’s news consumption.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 Comparative media scholar says creating space for dialogue is key to the media’s future
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A School that Values Diversity Could Result in Health Benefits for Students of Color

March 11, 2019
Students of color who attend schools with a culture that emphasizes the value of diversity—schools whose mission statements mention goals such as serving a diverse student body and appreciati...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2019 IPR researchers find that emphasizing diversity in schools is linked to better health among students of color
Monica Prasad

'Starving the Beast' Traces Origins of the GOP’s Tax Policy

March 06, 2019
IPR sociologist Monica Prasad examines how Republicans became the party of tax cuts in 'Starving the Beast.' What led Republicans to make tax cuts a defining policy of the modern conservative par...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 Monica Prasad examines how tax cuts became a dominant policy issue in the Republican Party
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What Makes People Willing to Sacrifice Their Own Self-Interest for Another?

March 05, 2019
In a new Northwestern University study, researchers show that people are more willing to sacrifice for a collaborator than for someone working just as hard but working independently. &#...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 IPR's Mary McGrath finds people more willing to sacrifice for collaborators
Beth Tipton

Faculty Spotlight: Beth Tipton

March 05, 2019
IPR fellow Beth Tipton studies statistics and explores how they can be used for social good across disciplines. IPR statistician Beth Tipton spent the first three years of her career living and...
Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2019 IPR statistician finds her calling in “social statistics”
Jocelyn Samuels

The Challenges and Opportunities for LGBT Rights

March 04, 2019
Jocelyn Samuels spoke at Northwestern about the challenges and opportunities for LGBT rights. More than 14 million people—roughly 4.5 percent of the U.S. population—identify as lesbian...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 Williams Institute’s Samuels points to how research is key to informing LGBT issues
Terri Sabol

Terri Sabol Named ‘Rising Star’ in Psychology

March 04, 2019
IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol was named a Rising Star by the Association forPsychological Science. The Association for Psychological Science (APS) recently named IPR developmenta...
Education Policy 2019 IPR developmental psychologist honored for her early-career contributions
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Diane Schanzenbach Elected to National Academy of Education

March 04, 2019
IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach is the 10th Northwestern faculty member to be elected to the National Academy of Education. IPR Director and economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach has...
Education Policy 2019 IPR director recognized for outstanding contributions to education research
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The Career of Larry Hedges

February 13, 2019
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Subtle Racial and Political Discrimination in College Admissions

February 11, 2019
A working paper examined the connection between race and politics in college admissions.  Do college admissions offices respond differently to students who email them for information, dependi...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 Study finds politically engaged African Americans receive fewer responses from admissions offices
Terri Sabol

Faculty Spotlight: Terri Sabol

February 04, 2019
IPR developmental psychologist Terri Sabol studies childhood development through classrooms, families, and neighborhoods. As a first-grade teacher in Chicago’s Lavizzo Elementary School,...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2019 IPR developmental psychologist rethinks early childhood education
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Northwestern Researchers Examine Political Divide Behind Climate Change Beliefs

February 01, 2019
Despite a scientific consensus, citizens are divided when it comes to climate change, often along political lines, and scholars want to better understand why. “We were interested in unders...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 IPR's James Druckman, Mary McGrath seek to understand partisan divide
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U.S. Children Show Clear Evidence of Bias at the Intersection of Race and Gender

January 24, 2019
A study highlights the importance of addressing bias in a child's first years of life.  A Northwestern University study provides strong and consistent evidence of bias at the intersection of ...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019 Study by IPR's Sandra Waxman and Danielle Perszyk examines social bias
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Why Good Policies Go Bad

January 23, 2019
IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa is currently studying racial disparities at a large urban high school. Schools are increasingly turning to peace circles, peer juries, and other restora...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy 2019 IPR’s Simone Ispa-Landa examines disparities in school discipline
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Mesmin Destin Wins Early Career Award

January 15, 2019
IPR social psychologist Mesmin Destin received the 2019 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology. IPR social psychologist Mesmin Destin, whose resea...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019 IPR social psychologist Mesmin Destin received the 2019 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.
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IPR Faculty Named Highly Cited Researchers

January 09, 2019
From left: Greg Miller, Paola Sapienza, and David Cella Three IPR faculty were recently named 2018 Highly Cited Researchers by Clarivate Analytics’ Web of Science. IPR health psyc...
Social Disparities and Health; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019 Miller, Sapienza, and Cella among top 1 percent of citations

IPR's Top Articles of 2018

December 20, 2018
Amid the nonstop news cycle of 2018, IPR faculty research has provided a rigorous, evidence-based foundation for dialogue on pivotal policy issues. Many of IPR’s most-read articles reflect w...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Urban Policy and Community Development; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 Most-read news and research articles reflect wider policy concerns

The Changing Safety Net for Children

December 20, 2018
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Five states now require that Medicaid recipients work, which has cut benefits for tens of thousands of people. As another 11 st...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 IPR director finds 80 percent of safety net spending has shifted to families with earnings

Resilience Might Be Neurobiological

December 20, 2018
 Why does second-hand experience of neighborhood violence affect some youth but not others? Neighborhood violence has been associated with adverse health effects on youth, including sleep los...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Urban Policy and Community Development; Social Disparities and Health 2018 A new study by IPR faculty explores why a second-hand experience with neighborhood violence affects some youth but not others
Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2018 Hedges, a first-generation college student, is a preeminent scholar in education research
Elizabeth (Liz) Gerber

Faculty Spotlight: Elizabeth Gerber

December 12, 2018
Elizabeth (Liz) Gerber set out to make innovative toys, not get a PhD. Yet as she experimented with new ways for children to share their likes and dislikes, she realized she was more intereste...
2018 IPR associate explores how a collaborative design process might address social ills

Inequality in Homicide Rates in Chicago Neighborhoods Increased Over 20-Year Period

December 11, 2018
IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos finds the inequality in crime in Chicago's neighborhoods increased by 10 percent in recent years. The United States has experienced an unprecedented decline i...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2018 Study by IPR sociologist reveals inequality between safest and most dangerous neighborhoods increased by 10 percent

What Can the U.S. Midterms Tell Us About 2020?

December 11, 2018
 Rachel Davis Mersey, right, was one of three panelists discussing the implications from the 2018 midterms. The 2018 midterm election broke several records: 133 million people—48 percen...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Northwestern researchers discuss implications for politics, media, and the economy

What's Next for Healthcare?

December 10, 2018
Sarah Kliff, left, spoke with Medill professor Abigail Foerstner about the future of healthcare following the midterms. As the dust settles from the midterms, the Affordable Care Act will remain...
Social Disparities and Health 2018 Vox’s Sarah Kliff discusses what midterms mean for the Affordable Care Act

How Contempt Divides America

December 10, 2018
The United States is experiencing a “national crisis” because of extreme polarization, according to Arthur C. Brooks, president of the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).  Arthur...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 AEI president discusses how to mend our political discourse

Launching the Northwestern Neighborhood and Network (N3) Initiative

December 04, 2018
Andrew Papachristos launched the N3 Initiative this fall, continuing his work in neighborhood network science.  This fall, IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos launched the Northwestern Neighb...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 IPR sociologist describes how network thinking can improve neighborhoods, lower crime

What Do Test Scores Miss?

November 28, 2018
 IPR labor and education economist Kirabo Jackston finds that a teacher's ability to cultivate non-cognitive skills is a better indicator of a student's long-term success than test scores...
Education Policy 2018 A new study by IPR labor and education economist Kirabo Jackson finds other indicators of long-term student success

Gender Parity: The Long Game

November 20, 2018
 IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa calls for a more sustained effort on shifting how we view girls. The midterm elections demonstrated a shift for women in politics and a move to ge...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2018 IPR education sociologist calls for shift in how girls are viewed

Education Lab Receives $15 Million Donation from AbbVie

November 16, 2018
IPR economist Jonathan Guryan cofounded and codirects Education Lab, which designs and evaluates evidence-based programs in partnership with organizations such as Chicago Public Schools. A...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 IPR economist Jonathan Guryan codirects lab that conducts groundbreaking research

50 Years of Research Excellence and Policy Impact

November 02, 2018
From left, clockwise: Economist Rebecca Blank in the 1990s, now Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison; political scientist Lou Masotti, IPR's second director, in Chicago in the 1970s; I...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Education Policy 2018 Institute to highlight innovative research directions at spring conference
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Faculty Spotlight: Joseph Ferrie

November 01, 2018
To many, the 1918 flu pandemic that killed more than 50 million people around the world is a distant chapter of history. To economist and IPR associate Joseph Ferrie, this historical event offers a...
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 IPR associate Joseph Ferrie mines historical data for contemporary policy insights

Sheridan Fuller Named Robert Wood Johnson Scholar

October 11, 2018
Sheridan Fuller focuses on how families' interactions with the social safety net influence the direction of their lives. IPR graduate research assistant Sheridan Fuller is one of 40 stude...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 IPR graduate research assistant will seek to advance “culture of health”

Good Cop, Bad Cop?

October 04, 2018
Click image to enlarge. When police officer Jason Van Dyke shot Laquan McDonald in 2014, he already had more than 20 civilian allegations lodged against him for police misconduct, dating back to...
Urban Policy and Community Development 2018 Study finds civilian allegations can act as early warning system for serious police misconduct

The Great Recession: 10 Years Later

September 27, 2018
  In the 10 years since the Lehman Brothers collapse that signaled the start of the Great Recession, the United States has recovered much, if not all, of the ground it lost in terms of jobs, ...
Social Disparities and Health; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 IPR faculty research shows America still recovering from economic downturn

A Tireless Champion of Rigorous Methods in Education Research

September 18, 2018
Statement from Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach: The Yidan prize honors a researcher who has made outstanding accomplishments in education research, with an ultimate goal of creating long-lasting impac...
Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2018 IPR Director pays tribute to Larry Hedges, 2018 Yidan Prize Recipient

Larry Hedges Named 2018 Yidan Prize Winner

September 18, 2018
IPR education researcher and 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 ...
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Education Policy 2018 World’s largest prize for education research honors first-generation college student

Infographic: Payday Loans Tied to Health Risks

September 18, 2018
About 12 million Americans use payday loans each year, but new research shows these short-term loans could be making borrowers sick. In SSM - Population Health, IPR biological anthropologists Chri...
Social Disparities and Health; Urban Policy and Community Development 2018 IPR anthropologists find short-term lending is associated with risk factors for poor health

Overcoming Barriers to Safety Net Sign-Ups

September 17, 2018
IPR economist Matthew Notowidigdo presents his research at a Fay Lomax Cook Monday Colloquium.  Millions of Americans rely on social safety net programs like unemployment insurance, ho...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 Pennsylvania experiment tests outreach to those unenrolled

Spreading the (Partisan) Word

September 14, 2018
Only 10–15 percent of the American public watches partisan news outlets such as MSNBC and Fox News, but their polarizing impact reaches beyond the viewers of their broadcasts, according to ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 New research analyzes impact of partisan news outlets

Gender identities disrupted—and reinforced

September 07, 2018
Onnie Rogers New Northwestern University research analyzing the ways children’s gender narratives reinforce or disrupt gender inequality found that older children—and gir...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 New research analyzes children's gender narratives

Let Them Eat Clay

August 29, 2018
 IPR anthropologist Sera Young recently presented on pica, or the eating of earth. Walking into an art installation of edible clay by artist Masha Ru, some visitors popped bits in their mouth...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 IPR anthropologist bridges science and art at Amsterdam workshop

Meet IPR's New Fellows

August 29, 2018
 Clockwise from left: Robin Nusslock, Hannes Schwandt, Beth Tipton, Terri Sabol, Chloe Thurston, and Julia Behrman. Five new fellows are joining the Institute for Policy Research in September...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2018 Researchers add expertise in diverse areas

SURA 2018 Student Blog

August 29, 2018
Each summer since 1998, the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) has run the Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants (SURA) program, which gives undergraduate students first-hand experience in...
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Sexism Follows Women Across States—and Their Lives

August 27, 2018
While U.S. women’s job and life prospects have changed dramatically over the last 50 years, a new study finds the amount of sexism in the state where a woman was born can take a toll on her e...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 New working paper reveals impact of sexism on women's career and life outcomes

Social Policy Can Save Lives

August 23, 2018
A new study by IPR economist Hannes Schwandt reveals income inequality and inequality in mortality are not necessarily linked. Income inequality and health inequality are not necessarily conne...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 Mortality study shows how policy can break the link between poverty and poor health

Turning Their Backs on Compromise

August 15, 2018
  Once considered a Great Compromise in and of itself, the U.S. Congress now seems a place of extraordinary inaction. Though ideological polarization is often to blame for today&...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Why some politicians still resist consensus

Locked Out of Homeownership

July 31, 2018
  IPR political scientist Chloe Thurston discussed how government policies have affected homeownership in the United States at the 2017 Chicago Political and Social Behavior Workshop. Tracin...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2018 IPR associate Chloe Thurston explains how government has helped/hurt homeownership

The Impact of Going Global

July 31, 2018
From the impact of millions of refugees on host countries to the effects of rising global trade on domestic workers, the 2018 Northwestern University Workshop on Globalization focused on the effect...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development; Social Disparities and Health 2018 Workshop explores social, economic, and political effects
Andrew Papachristos

Faculty Spotlight: Andrew Papachristos

July 27, 2018
IPR sociologist Andrew Papachristos studies network science to understand the spread of crime and violence. Growing up at the height of Chicago’s homicide epidemic, IPR sociologist ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2018 For IPR sociologist, networks matter in understanding crime and violence

Riedl Named Director of Program of African Studies

July 11, 2018
IPR political scientist Rachel Beatty Riedl credits a yearabroad in Senegal with developing her interest in Africa. Northwestern University has appointed IPR political scientist Rachel Be...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 Will head influential program that has spurred seven decades of scholarship

IPR Faculty Receive Cascade of Honors

June 27, 2018
Since May, more than a dozen IPR faculty have received noteworthy awards from a handful of prominent national academies, scholarly bodies, and universities. Charles F. Manski (center) accepts his ...
Education Policy; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development; Social Disparities and Health; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 Awards recognize impact in research and service

From Online Town Halls to One-on-One Discussions

May 30, 2018
 IPR political scientist Jamie Druckman, left, welcomes participants to 12th annual Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior Workshop. More than 110 scholars and graduate students from...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Workshop blends scholarly presentations with mentoring

The Future of Work

May 30, 2018
Fay Lomax Cook, assistant director of the National Science Foundation, discussed how technology will change the future of work. (Photo: Jason Brown) With the rise of artificial intelligence, machi...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Former IPR director returns to discuss NSF’s ‘Big Ideas’
Ofer Malamud

Faculty Spotlight: Ofer Malamud

May 30, 2018
IPR economist Ofer Malamud examines whether differentcollege systems have an impact on career choice. A global outlook on decision making comes naturally to IPR economist Ofer Malamud. Born in...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy 2018 An international perspective on education

Christopher Kuzawa Elected to National Academy of Sciences

May 30, 2018
IPR anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa  IPR anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. Membership in the academy is one of th...
Social Disparities and Health 2018 IPR anthropologist given one of the highest honors for a scientist in the United States

Election and Interpersonal Dynamics

May 29, 2018
More than 110 scholars and graduate students from the Midwest and beyond gathered at Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus on May 4 for the 12th annual Chicago Area Political and Social...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Workshop blends scholarly presentations with mentoring

More Students Report Carrying Guns in Chicago than New York or Los Angeles

May 29, 2018
More students report carrying guns in Chicago than in New York or Los Angeles, a new Northwestern Medicine study shows. The findings provide historical background for Chicago’s 2016 spike i...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2018 Findings may help explain Chicago’s 2016 spike in gun violence

Crime in Chicago: What Does the Research Tell Us?

May 28, 2018
“We are gathered today to discuss what is perhaps one of the most pressing topics facing the city of Chicago today: crime and violence,” said Northwestern University sociologist and IPR...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 IPR experts offer insights and potential solutions to city's violent crime

Do Politicians Understand Public Opinion?

May 24, 2018
 Christopher Skovron presents findings from the National Candidate Study at a recent lecture. With the 2018 midterms approaching and candidates seeking to appeal to voters, do politicians r...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Study reveals both Democrats, Republicans overestimate conservatism in their constituents

Decision Making in a 'Broken Political System'

May 24, 2018
Robert Rubin and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach discuss challenges facing America, decision making, and working in the public versus the private sector. (Photo: Jason Brown) As an economic adviso...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Former Treasury Secretary Rubin discusses current U.S. challenges, public service

Communication Between Healthcare Providers and LGBTQ Youth

May 18, 2018
Young men who have sex with men have some of the highest rates of new HIV infections. But LGBTQ youth’s experiences with healthcare providers could be a barrier to receiving prevention inform...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 IPR associate Brian Mustanski finds LGBTQ youth lack trust in healthcare providers

Research Demonstrates Effects of Inequality on Health

May 02, 2018
IPR biological anthropologist Thomas McDade  Poverty, discrimination, and other social and economic inequalities have serious consequences for physical and mental well-being. Recently, so...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2018 New studies examine how social environment affects health outcomes
Sera Young

Faculty Spotlight: Sera Young

April 25, 2018
IPR anthropologist Sera Young focuses on maternal and child health, examining the causes and consequences offood and water insecurity. Whether attending an international high school in Wales o...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Social Disparities and Health 2018 IPR anthropologist zeroes in on the first 1,000 days of life

Building the Prison State

April 24, 2018
Schoenfeld examines how the politics of crime evolved. The United States has the highest incarceration rate of any industrialized nation, with about 1 in 100 American adults currently behind b...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 IPR's Heather Schoenfeld reframes the story of mass incarceration

The Legacy of Hardship

April 24, 2018
Can poverty affect health across generations? In Brain, Behavior, and Immunity, IPR health psychologist Greg Miller and his colleagues find that a mother’s economic hardship during childhood ...
Social Disparities and Health 2018 IPR-led study suggests a mother's childhood disadvantage might be transmitted to her baby in utero

Simone Ispa-Landa Named William T. Grant Scholar

April 20, 2018
IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa will examine how different disciplinary approaches shape the experiences of students of different races. IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 IPR education sociologist will investigate racial inequality in school discipline

Racial Bias in Medicine

April 02, 2018
Healthcare providers in the United States rate African American patients as less likely to improve and adhere to recommended treatments than white patients. When an overweight, middle-aged patie...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 U.S. health care providers see black patients as less ‘personally responsible’ for their health

Putting a "Premium on Civil Discourse"

March 23, 2018
  Strobe Talbott, left, and Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach discussed the role of academia in public policy at a recent special lecture co-hosted by IPR and the Buffett Institute for Global Studi...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Strobe Talbott, former head of Brookings, tackles how to merge scholarship and real-world policy

Two Cheers for the Truth?

March 23, 2018
Which word has more letters, Clinton or Trump? The answer may seem obvious: Seven is greater than five, so Clinton is the longer word. Yet in 2017 when conservatives faced a similar question tha...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Partisan views can erode facts, IPR political scientist John Bullock finds

How Turf Wars Lead to Violence in Chicago

March 21, 2018
  Robert Vargas discusses his findings on violence in the Little Village neighborhood with IPR psychobiologist Emma Adam (left) and Nicole Nguyen of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ch...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Urban Policy and Community Development 2018 Robert Vargas outlines how fights for control create crime hot spots

The Political Weaponization of Gun Owners

March 20, 2018
  The NRA has created a political identity for its members, politically mobilizing them.  After every mass shooting, including the recent Parkland, Florida, school shooting, the Nationa...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 IPR graduate research assistant reveals how the NRA creates identity for its members

A Climate of Change

March 12, 2018
Less than a month after Hurricane Harvey poured 51 inches of rain over Texas and Louisiana, Chicago residents were sweltering in six consecutive days of record-setting September heat.IPR associate ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 David Dana blurs the boundaries of law and psychology to explore environmental policy
Cynthia Kinnan

Faculty Spotlight: Cynthia Kinnan

February 28, 2018
As a college student gathering evidence for her debate team on development assistance in Africa, IPR economist Cynthia Kinnan found fraught claims about what did and did not work. Throughout her...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Adding rigor to poverty research

Chronic Lack of Sleep Tied to Racial/Ethnic Differences in Disease Risk

February 28, 2018
Polysomnography equipment is attached to a participant in thein-home sleep study. (Photo: Kristen Knutson) Previous research has already linked chronic inadequate sleep—defined as fewer ...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 Northwestern researcher finds African Americans at higher risk for insufficient sleep

Abstract Rule Learning in Human Infants

February 28, 2018
By showing babies patterns of images on a screen, IPR's Sandra Waxman discovers that babies are able to abstract rules in the visual domain. Three-month-old babies cannot sit up or roll over, ye...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 Study is first to show that 3-month-olds can learn abstract rules

Examining Discrimination to Understand Its Impact

February 27, 2018
The #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and LGBTQIA movements, among others, have raised awareness about the stubborn persistence of various kinds of discrimination that people from all walks of life...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Urban Policy and Community Development; Education Policy 2018 IPR researchers provide multidisciplinary insights to help address issues

Democracy in America

February 19, 2018
IPR associate Benjamin Page and his co-author argue that ordinary citizens have little or no independent influence on government policy. In their new book, Democracy in America? What Has Gone Wr...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 Benjamin Page argues ordinary citizens are not being represented

Study: Visualizing Success Can Ease Student Anxiety

February 19, 2018
Click image to enlarge. Visualizing a successful future can help anxious college students manage challenges and stress, according to a Northwestern University-led study published in the jou...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 For college students, visualizing success can boost confidence and manage stress

Romantic Relationships Show Protective Effect for Gay, Lesbian Youth

February 16, 2018
A partner can provide critical support during tough times, according to IPR associate Brian Mustanski. Lesbian and gay youth showed significantly less psychological distress and were buffered ag...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 IPR associate Brian Mustanski finds same-sex couples are buffered from psychological distress

Infographic: Racial Diversity Among Coaches Drives Diversity of Beliefs

January 30, 2018
 Since NFL player Colin Kaepernick first kneeled during the national anthem in the 2016 season, political protests have become a major topic of discussion in sports. Many athletes have st...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2018 IPR political scientist finds that African American coaches are more supportive of protests

Food or Water?

January 30, 2018
A woman collects water as part of a "go-along" interview near Rongo, Kenya. IPR anthropologist Sera Young is using interviews and other techniques to discover how water insecurity affects live...
Performance Measurement and Rewards; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 Dilemma leads Sera Young to create first cross-culturally validated household-level water insecurity scale

The 51 Percent

January 29, 2018
In conjunction with the book's publication, IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach participated in a forum exploring public policies to promote women's economic opportunity. Over the cour...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018 New book highlights women’s role in labor market and policies to improve it

Promoting Unhealthy Foods to Kids Online

January 29, 2018
Food companies are using "advergames" to market unhealthy choices to children online, IPR associate Ellen Wartella finds. Food companies are marketing less to children online—which advocat...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 IPR associate Ellen Wartella examines use of 'advergames'

IPR's Top Articles Reflect Policy Debates

January 26, 2018
Last year saw a new administration settle into office, with policy debates spilling over from Capitol Hill and the White House into state legislatures, courts, town halls, and the streets. Man...
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Northwestern Honors IPR Health Psychologists

January 26, 2018
IPR health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg Miller were honored for their research, teaching, and mentoring. Internationally renowned IPR health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg...
Social Disparities and Health 2018 Chen and Miller discuss their distinguished career trajectories at ceremony
Mary Pattillo

Faculty Spotlight: Mary Pattillo

January 25, 2018
Chicago is IPR associate Mary Pattillo’s home and also her research subject. A sociologist and African American studies researcher, she found a city where she could investigate questions that...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018 Race and inequalities in the city

Study Links Violent Crime to Less Sleep, More Stress in Children

January 17, 2018
Numerous studies have shown a relationship between high-crime communities and the academic performance of children who live within them. Now, recent Northwestern University research published ...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2018 IPR's Jenni Heissel and Emma Adam find proximity to crime disrupts sleep patterns

In Memoriam: Cynthia (CC) DuBois, 1985–2018

January 04, 2018
Cynthia (CC) DuBois (PhD ’17), an emerging, award-winning scholar in Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy (SESP), died as a result of brain cancer on Jan. 2 i...
Education Policy 2018 ${_EscapeTool.xml($page.getStructuredDataNode("subhead").textValue)}
Robin Nusslock

Faculty Spotlight: Robin Nusslock

December 21, 2017
IPR associate Robin Nusslock is examining the brain's relationship with mental and physical well-being. A chance encounter with the Dalai Lama set psychologist and IPR associate Robin Nusslock&#...
Social Disparities and Health 2017 Probing the edges of the mind

Bridging the Gaps

December 21, 2017
A new book by IPR education researcher James Rosenbaum examines how community colleges can help students complete their degree. Responding to the increased labor-market demand for education, soc...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2017 New book examines pathways for non-traditional college students

A Vision for the Future of Education Research

December 20, 2017
What does it mean to do education research in today’s unique political and social environment, in which the United States faces rising inequality? Na’ilah Suad Nasir, president of the...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Spencer Foundation president outlines challenges, opportunities

Battling "Incredible Certitude" in Science Reporting

December 18, 2017
In a lecture at the National Academy of Sciences, IPR economist Charles F. Manski called for scientists and agencies to report uncertainty when communicating policy analysis and research. In ...
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 Charles F. Manski calls for researchers to face up to uncertainty

Expanding Development Research at Northwestern

November 17, 2017
Dean Karlan and Christopher Udry (center) join an interdisciplinary cadre of development researchers at IPR and across Northwestern University in seeking ways to help break the cycle of poverty...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 New efforts set to catalyze interdisciplinary collaboration

Infographic: How Cash Transfers Help Children in the Long Run

November 17, 2017
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. A century ago, a remarkably successful cash transfer program began providing money to mothers in need, increasing their sons...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy 2017 IPR associate Joseph Ferrie finds cash transfers add 1.5 years of life

The Effects of Subsidizing Health Insurance

November 13, 2017
On October 24, MIT's Amy Finkelstein gave the first "Who Needs to Do What Differently?" seminar. Northwestern development economist and IPR associate Dean Karlan launched the series to examine how ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2017 MIT’s Amy Finkelstein discusses value of expanded Medicaid program

Conference Highlights the Power of Social Relationships

November 08, 2017
The conference highlighted new insights involving social relationships in homes, schools, online communities, and organizations. The social connections we create throughout life can impact every...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2017 Two-day event features wide range of disciplines

BMI Blues

October 24, 2017
The average man gains 4.4 pounds after becoming a father, IPR researchers find. Welcoming a new baby into the world can bring transcendent joy—and present some weighty challen...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 IPR team shows new dads often battle weight gain

The Costs of Striving, Arriving

October 24, 2017
Upward mobility is associated with worse physical health, IPR health psychologist Edith Chen has shown. The stress of poverty can last a lifetime. Even when  people are able to overc...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2017 IPR's Edith Chen examines the costs of upward mobility
Mary McGrath

Faculty Spotlight: Mary McGrath

October 24, 2017
Political scientist Mary McGrath investigates how regular citizens make political decisions. “Some of the most important decisions that we make as members of the public are political decisio...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 Examining political decision making

New Faculty Set to Boost IPR in Key Research Areas

September 28, 2017
Clockwise from top left: New IPR fellows Andrew Papachristos, John Bullock, Julia Behrman, and Ofer Malamud. Two new fellows have joined IPR this fall, political scientist John Bullock and e...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Urban Policy and Community Development; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2017 Experts in education, politics, crime, and development enhance research capacity

Summer Research Program Puts Theory into Practice

September 28, 2017
Elizabeth Diamond (center), an IPR Summer Undergraduate Research Assistant, reviews research results with her advisor, IPR associate Ellen Wartella (standing) and graduate student Alexis Lauricel...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Northwestern undergraduates take part in IPR summer research assistants program

Germs at 4, Less Inflammation at 40

September 28, 2017
IPR biological anthropologists Thomas McDade and Christopher Kuzawa show how children's exposure to germs can affect inflammation and health in adulthood. IPR biological anthropologist Thomas M...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 IPR anthropologists say playing in the dirt as kids makes chronic disease less likely later in life

IPR Director Testifies on SNAP Research Before Senate Committee

September 26, 2017
Schanzenbach said SNAP is “a smart public investment that will improve both public health and economic growth.” On September 14, IPR Director Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach, an economi...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Economist Schanzenbach points to stabilizing benefits of ‘highly efficient’ program

IPR Director Testifies Before Senate Committee

September 15, 2017
Testimony of Dr. Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach Director, Institute for Policy Research Margaret Walker Alexander Professor of Social Policy, and of Economics Northwestern University on the subject o...
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Infographic: Persistence of Racial Discrimination in U.S. Hiring

September 13, 2017
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. The jobless rate for African-Americans persists regardless of their level of educational attainment, when compared with whit...
Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 IPR sociologist finds hiring discrimination in the United States has not declined over time

Adam Receives Lyle Spencer Research Award

September 07, 2017
IPR's Emma Adam has revealed racial differences in stress and its association with sleep and health. IPR developmental psychologist Emma Adam received a $1 million, five-year Lyle Spe...
Performance Measurement and Rewards; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2017 Award will be used to study relationship between race-based stress and achievement gaps

Terri Sabol Receives Early Career Fellowship

August 24, 2017
Terri Sabol was named an early career fellow by the American Educational Research Association and the Society for Research on Child Development. Developmental psychologist and IPR associate&#16...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2017 IPR associate studies how schools and families lead to healthy child development

A Path Out of Poverty and Poor Health

August 23, 2017
IPR's Greg Miller, Edith Chen, Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, and Terri Sabol are studying simple interventions that can ameliorate some of the challenges faced by low-income households. Children grow...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 IPR experts identify three ways to help low-income families

Teresa Woodruff Named Dean of The Graduate School

August 23, 2017
IPR associate Teresa Woodruff will succeed Dwight McBride as dean of The Graduate School. IPR associate Teresa Woodruff, the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Also assuming role of associate provost for graduate education, effective Sept. 1.
Joe Feinglass

Faculty Spotlight: Joe Feinglass

August 23, 2017
IPR associate Joe Feinglass studies health inequities and tracks the effects of the Affordable Care Act. The “power of data to inform the public” is what research professor of medicine...
Social Disparities and Health 2017 IPR associate uses science to fight health inequities
Beth Redbird

Faculty Spotlight: Beth Redbird

July 28, 2017
IPR sociologist Beth Redbird examines diverse aspects of inequality. Beth Redbird caught the research bug while working to promote affordable housing in Columbus, Ohio, after contacting an Ohio ...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 Pursuing new viewpoints in the study of inequality

Schanzenbach Named Director of Institute for Policy Research

July 27, 2017
Economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach will replace David Figlio as IPR director on September 1. Northwestern University has appointed prominent economist Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach direc...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Prominent economist will take over on September 1

How Do Preemies Perform in School?

July 27, 2017
Two-thirds of babies born at 23 or 24 weeks were ready for kindergarten on time. Parents of prematurely born babies often fear their children might go on to struggle in school, but findings fro...
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Educational outcomes for premature babies prove promising in study

When Should the Police Use Confrontational Tactics?

July 24, 2017
Manski and Nagin outline a “formal model of optimal policing” that can be used to resolve tensions between public safety and community trust.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 Model offers neutral way to evaluate societal costs, benefits

Altered Cortisol Levels Tied to Poor Health

July 19, 2017
IPR's Emma Adam posits that flatter daily cortisol rhythms emerge from exposure to chronic stress. A lack of variation in the stress hormone cortisol from morning to evening is tied to a wide r...
Social Disparities and Health; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2017 IPR's Emma Adam finds flatter cortisol slopes are linked to inflammation, immune dysfunction

IPR Business Director Named Northwestern’s Employee of the Year

July 18, 2017
IPR Business Director Eric Betzold was named Northwestern University's 2017 Employee of the Year. While IPR Business Administrator Eric Betzold is known for wearing his purple IPR T-shirt ...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2017 Eric Betzold recognized for exemplary work and dedication

Infographic: How Babies' Environments Lead to Poor Health Later

July 05, 2017
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. New research, led by IPR scholars, underscores how environmental conditions early in development can cause inflammation in ad...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2017 IPR anthropologist Thomas McDade shows how bodies 'remember' experiences

J-PAL North America Partners with Local Governments

June 30, 2017
Baltimore is one of three local governments selected to work with J-PAL North America to evaluate solutions to homelessness, recidivism, and other policy challenges. J-PAL North America, a rese...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 Selected cities, counties will receive funding to tackle homelessness and reduce incarceration

Working to Preserve and Restore Fertility

June 26, 2017
IPR's Teresa Woodruff has developed a miniature female reproductive tract and a functional biosynthetic ovary. Oncofertility specialist and IPR associate Teresa Woodruff is making great gains i...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2017 IPR associate Teresa Woodruff achieves scientific firsts in the field of women’s health

Your Brain on Reward

June 23, 2017
Studying the brain's reward systems can aid in understanding decision making, according to psychologist and IPR associate Robin Nusslock. Why would someone choose to gamble away $700,000 of h...
Social Disparities and Health 2017 Psychologist and IPR associate Robin Nusslock pursues the science of incentive

Teachers Benefit from Proximity

June 23, 2017
A new study suggests chance encounters, stemming from working near colleagues, might benefit teachers. Teachers have long been portrayed as independent contractors, working alone and behind c...
Education Policy 2017 IPR associate James Spillane finds proximity increases unplanned conversations

Positive Engagement in Preschool Key to Developmental Gains

June 20, 2017
Children's individual engagement is key to developmental gains made during preschool. Many interventions and programs designed to improve low-income children's lives focus on providing high-qua...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 IPR associate Terri Sabol examines children's individual engagement with teachers, peers, and tasks

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

June 19, 2017
Targeting parents and children with education interventions increases success rates for both, IPR researchers find. Pairing early childhood education for low-income children with career trainin...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Educating two generations at a time to tackle poverty

Exploring the DNA of Discovery

June 15, 2017
As part of the Science in Human Culture Program, sociologist and IPR associate Steven Epstein focuses on the relationships among social movements, domain experts, and health institutions. This ...
Social Disparities and Health; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 SHC Program: Deep thinking about how we know

Trivial Times

June 15, 2017
Media scholar and IPR associate Stephanie Edgerly explores the relationship between news sources and audiences. For journalists, fake news is a pandemic. Although the majority of “fake&#...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 Fake news guides real opinions in digital media environment

New Book Calls for Putting More Humanities Into Economics

June 13, 2017
Morson and Schapiro bring economics back to its place in the human conversation. In a passionately argued new book, Northwestern University literary scholar Gary Saul Morson and Northwestern P...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 Northwestern President and IPR economist co-authors 'Cents and Sensibility'

SESP Community Honors Dean Peterson

June 07, 2017
Penelope Peterson, outgoing dean of the School of Education and Social Policy and an IPR associate, with IPR Director David Figlio, her successor. The Student Affairs Office, long considered t...
Education Policy 2017 IPR associate led school for two decades

Infographic: Income Segregation in French and U.S. Cities

May 31, 2017
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Large U.S. cities are more socioeconomically segregated than French metropolises of the same size, according to research by ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 New York and Chicago show higher levels of socioeconomic segregation than Paris or Lyon

Dissecting Key Aspects of the Political Landscape

May 31, 2017
Larry Bartels of Vanderbilt University presents his research on political responsiveness at the May 5 CAB workshop. The 11th annual Chicago Area Political and Social Behavior Workshop (CAB) fo...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 Northwestern workshop offers annual venue for thought-provoking research, networking

The Vital Role of Government Statistics

May 31, 2017
A report from the American Enterprise Institute and The Hamilton Project supports investing in federal data. According to a recent bipartisan report between the American Enterprise Institute an...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2017 Hamilton/AEI report calls for continued investment in federal data collection

Combating Medical Students’ Racial Bias

May 25, 2017
Informal elements of medical training contribute to racial attitudes, according to a new study. Although many medical schools include diversity training in their curriculum, racial disparities ...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2017 IPR associate identifies informal experiences as predictors of racial attitudes

The Cognitive Consequences of Superfund Sites

May 02, 2017
IPR researchers have captured the short- and long-term cognitive effects of prenatal exposure to Superfund sites. Children who live near hazardous waste sites can benefit from environmental cle...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Research traces the cognitive effects of pre-natal exposure to hazardous waste sites

A Moment of 'Democratic Imperative'?

May 01, 2017
Workshop participants discussed how historical cases of democratic change can inform the contemporary moment. When and why do governments become less authoritarian? Why have some countries, suc...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 Leading scholars debate democracy and regime change at Northwestern workshop

Creating Order During Civil War

May 01, 2017
A November 2016 peace deal brought Colombia's 40-year civil war to an end. “Civil war” usually conjures up images of “anarchy and a collapse of order,” according to poli...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 IPR associate’s new book challenges conception of wartime chaos
Heather Schoenfel

Faculty Spotlight: Heather Schoenfeld

May 01, 2017
IPR sociologist/legal scholar Heather Schoenfeld studies mass incarceration and criminal justice policy. A few years out of college, IPR sociologist and legal scholar Heather Schoenfeld went to wo...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 IPR sociologist/legal scholar brings historical perspective to studies of criminal punishment

Research Suggests Divide in How Millennials Value News

May 01, 2017
A new study shows that young adults use and value news differently depending on their socioeconomic background. Millennials with at least one college-educated parent are more inclined than othe...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Young adults should not be labeled broadly as disinterested in news

Food Security and Women's Empowerment

April 28, 2017
IPR anthropologist Sera Young (right) discussed how depression can relate to food insecurity and contribute to lost economic output among mothers. The 61st session of the U.N. Commission on the...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 U.N. session focuses on women’s economic empowerment

Infographic: Cash for Carbon

April 28, 2017
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Deforestation accounts for an estimated 9 percent of human-induced carbon emissions. In recent years, programs have been imp...
Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 Experiment in Uganda shows that paying people not to cut down their trees is a cost-effective way to carbon emissions

IPR Economist Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

April 27, 2017
The American Economic Association recognized the lifetime research contributions of IPR fellow Charles F. Manski. IPR economist Charles F. Manski, the Board of Trustees Professor of Econo...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2017 Charles F. Manski named a Distinguished Fellow by American Economic Association
Burton Weisbrod

Faculty Spotlight: Burton Weisbrod

March 29, 2017
IPR economist Burton Weisbrod has conducted pioneering research into the role of nonprofit organizations. From his early studies in chemical engineering, IPR economist Burton Weisbrod found th...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2017 A pioneer of the nonprofit economy

Living on Less than $2 a Day

March 29, 2017
Kathryn Edin recounts the day-to-day struggles of the extreme poor, who live on less than $2 a day. It was opening a refrigerator in a bare, rundown apartment and seeing nothing but a milk car...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 Johns Hopkins sociologist recounts how 'death of welfare' led to rise in extreme poverty

A Contemporary Understanding of Human Trafficking

March 29, 2017
The legal definition of human trafficking includes labor trafficking, but anti-trafficking organizations, the media, and the public continue to focus on sex trafficking. For most, human traffic...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 IPR’s Tabitha Bonilla examines public opinion and policy

Do Boycotts Work?

March 29, 2017
IPR associate Brayden King finds that media attention, more than petition signatures, make boycotts effective. Kellogg’s, Pepsi, Uber, L.L. Bean. In recent months, a number of high-profil...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 IPR associate finds boycotts threaten reputation more than revenue

IPR Anthropologist Receives Grant to Measure Water Insecurity

March 28, 2017
Water insecurity often disproportionately affects women, who bear the burden of water collection and water-intensive chores in developing countries. In a new project, IPR anthropologist Sera Youn...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2017 International research team to develop cross-cultural water measurement scale

Infographic: School Shootings Linked to Increased Unemployment

March 24, 2017
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Many researchers have tried to understand why school shootings are a uniquely American phenomenon, but past studies have pre...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2017 Sociologist and IPR associate John Hagan ties gun violence to economic uncertainty

Daniel Galvin Receives Russell Sage Award

March 23, 2017
IPR political scientist Daniel Galvin will examine the evolution of labor politics and workers' rights. IPR political scientist Daniel Galvin recently received a Presidential Authority...
2017 Political scientist to study changing politics of workers' rights

David Figlio Named Dean of Northwestern's School of Education and Social Policy

March 09, 2017
IPR Director David Figlio has been named dean of the School of Education and Social Policy, effective Sept. 1. David N. Figlio, the Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy in t...
Education Policy 2017 IPR director, known for his scholarly and administrative leadership, to become SESP dean on September 1

Infographic: The Affordable Care Act and Emergency Room Access

March 03, 2017
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Senate Republicans have begun the formal process of repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), but new evidence supports keepi...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2017 IPR faculty find Medicaid expansion leads to reduced travel time to hospital

Expanding the Evanston-Northwestern Education Partnership

March 02, 2017
Existing ties between Northwestern University and Evanston School Districts 202 and 65—exemplified by events like "Kits 'n' Cats at NU" day—will deepen as the expanded research-practi...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2017 Combined support of $1 million to pave way for comprehensive K–12 assessment
Seema Jayachandran

Faculty Spotlight: Seema Jayachandran

March 02, 2017
IPR economist Seema Jayachandran studies issues like gender inequality in developing countries. IPR economist Seema Jayachandran set out to study engineering and physics, but two years into her Ph...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2017 IPR economist stays 'grounded in the real world'

Undergraduates Tackle Research, Prepare for ‘Knowledge Society’

March 02, 2017
Some of IPR's 2016 Summer Undergraduate Research Assistants with David Figlio (far left) and James Rosenbaum (far right). For Ross Chu (WCAS ‘17), learning how a research project gets of...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2017 IPR program opens door to career-enhancing opportunities

Northwestern Leaders Join National Academy of Education

March 01, 2017
Figlio and Schapiro have enhanced the field of education with their scholarship. IPR Director David Figlio, an education economist, and Northwestern University President and IPR econ...
Education Policy 2017 IPR's David Figlio, Morton Schapiro elected to prestigious honor society

No White House Access, No Problem?

February 07, 2017
IPR mass communication scholar says the media will need to change how they cover the White House. Since taking over the White House briefing room, the Trump administration has floated several...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 IPR’s Rachel Davis Mersey highlights opportunity for media

Law and Bias

February 04, 2017
Law professor and IPR associate Destiny Peery explores the intersection of law and issues of race and discrimination. Law is built on precedent, the idea that past court rulings should inform h...
2017 IPR associate Destiny Peery brings interdisciplinary approach

Infographic: Does School Spending Matter?

February 01, 2017
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Whether or not money matters for schools has been a topic of debate for years, beginning about half a century ago with a rep...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2017 IPR's Kirabo Jackson finds increased spending improves long-term outcomes

Are Great Teachers Poor Scholars?

January 27, 2017
The study reveals "no relationship" between research quality and teaching quality among tenured faculty. Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro and Professor David Figlio, both IPR e...
Education Policy 2017 IPR economists examine relationship between research and teaching quality

Communicating Science in a Politicized Era

January 27, 2017
IPR political scientist James Druckman examines public opinion on seemingly controversial scientific topics. “When it comes to climate change, there’s about as much of a scientifi...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2017 IPR political scientist identifies hurdles, antidotes for scientists and public
Claudia Haase

Faculty Spotlight: Claudia Haase

January 27, 2017
Claudia Haase, developmental psychologist and IPR associate, studies how humans develop across their lives. Growing up in East Germany, “We had no freedom of speech, no freedom of the pres...
Social Disparities and Health 2017 IPR associate captures human development across the life span

Grant to Support Study of Two-Gen Expansion in Tulsa, Okla.

January 27, 2017
The researchers will use the $1.4 million grant to examine the short- and long-term impacts of CareerAdvance. Teresa Eckrich Sommer, co-director of Northwestern University’s Two Gene...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 IPR experts to continue evaluation of CareerAdvance

Earthquake Faults Are Smarter Than We Think

January 27, 2017
IPR researchers discover earthquake faults have better memory than seismologists have long assumed. Northwestern University researchers now have an answer to a vexing age-old question: Why do ea...
Performance Measurement and Rewards 2017 New computer model shows clusters can occur on faults with ‘long-term memory’

Op-Ed: Be 'Color-Brave' With Your Kids

January 25, 2017
IPR faculty argue we should not shield children, but teach them to be 'color-brave.' In his farewell address on Tuesday evening, President Barack Obama appealed eloquently to the power of hop...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017 IPR faculty argue avoiding discussions with children about race is costly

Rare Look at Youth Post Detention Is Bleak

December 19, 2016
IPR associate finds poor outcomes for youth following juvenile detention, with African-American males faring worst. A new Northwestern Medicine study offers a bleak assessment in a rar...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 Racial and ethnic disparities central to poor outcomes following juvenile detention

IPR's 2016 Top 10

December 08, 2016
One of the oft-heard critiques of academic research is that it is conducted in a vacuum on arcane topics, unconnected to real people or events. Yet many of IPR’s top-read research articles over the year challenge this type of thinking. In many cases, the articles were based on bodies of research or single studies with research findings that aligned with some of 2016’s biggest headlines—from the water crisis in Flint to the 2016 election, global inequality, and trust in police, to name a few.
Education Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 Top-read articles underline relevance of IPR research

Polling by Probabilities?

December 08, 2016
In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, one of the major questions that pundits and electors are wondering is, “What happened with the polls?” Most of the major, national polls predicted a Hillary Clinton win. Yet a select few predicted a Donald Trump victory, in particular the USC/L.A. Times Daybreak tracking poll, which started forecasting a Trump win four months out from Election Day. Why did this poll get it right? One reason might be that it relied on an alternative method called “probabilistic polling,” which IPR economist Charles F. Manski has been conducting research on since the early 2000s. 
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 IPR economist proposed, studied polling method that predicted Trump win

Infographic: Race and Gender in Urban-to-Suburban Busing Program

December 08, 2016
Today, urban education reform focuses largely on “improving segregated schools,” according to IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa. But what about programs designed to make schools less segregated in the first place? Since 1966, "Diversify, Inc." has worked to do just that by busing minority students from an under-resourced urban school district to more affluent, majority-white suburban schools. ​​​Using in-depth interviews with students enrolled in and waitlisted for Diversify, Ispa-Landa captured how the program affects students.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy 2016 IPR education sociologist studies school integration through in-depth interviews
Greg Miller

Faculty Spotlight: Greg Miller

December 08, 2016
IPR health psychologist Greg Miller investigates how socioeconomic status relates to health. As a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, IPR health psychologist Greg Mill...
Social Disparities and Health 2016 Examining the link between socioeconomic status and health

Manufacturing a Better Organ Transplant Process

December 08, 2016
What do organ transplants and manufacturing have in common? According to Jane Holl, pediatrician and IPR associate, a common technique in the manufacturing world—known as a Failure Mode Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA)—can also be used to improve complex processes in healthcare such as procuring and transporting organs for transplantation.
Social Disparities and Health 2016 IPR associate uses unique method to identify risk, propose solution

Workshop Brings Scholars Together to Fight Corruption

November 22, 2016
An interdisciplinary workshop discussed bureaucratic corruption and the success of anti-corruption strategies. From bribing an official to issue a birth certificate to political graft, corruption...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 Interdisciplinary collaboration shows promise

Panel to Enhance Online Survey Platform TESS

November 22, 2016
Since 2002, the National Science Foundation-funded project, Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS) has enabled researchers to conduct survey experiments with nationally representative samples, free of cost. TESS, which is currently housed at IPR, is now working with a new online data collection platform, the AmeriSpeak® Panel from NORC at the University of Chicago.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 NORC’s AmeriSpeak to generate high-quality, representative data

Infographic: Children Living with Uninsured Family Members

November 21, 2016
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. It is estimated that more than 50 percent of children in the United States will spend part of their childhood living in a fam...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 IPR sociologist highlights importance of family structure in health insurance coverage

Policy Implications of the 2016 Election

November 21, 2016
IPR's Julie Lee Merseth and UIC's Anthony LoSasso were two of the four experts who discussed the policy implications of the presidential election on November 14. “In many ways it was an ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 IPR experts address pressing issues post-election
Onnie Rogers

Faculty Spotlight: Onnie Rogers

November 21, 2016
IPR developmental psychologist Onnie Rogers examines how stereotypes affect youth identity. As an undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and as the only African-Amer...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 IPR developmental psychologist examines how children form their identities

‘Alienated, Aggrieved, and Profoundly Distrustful’

November 21, 2016
Sociologist Andrew Cherlin explored how the white working class has changed over the past several decades. The writing was on the wall as early as 2014 for why working-class whites might throw th...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 Sociologist Andrew Cherlin explores white, working-class discontent

Finnish Educators Call FUSE An 'Inspiration'

November 07, 2016
Schools in Finland are adopting the FUSE Studio program because it promotes “well-learning” and reflects the goals of the country’s new core curriculum, Finnish educators said during a recent panel discussion at Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Though Finnish schools are considered among the best in the world, teachers are facing new literacy challenges related to digitalization and 21st century skills, said Kristiina Kumpulainen, a professor of education at the University of Helsinki.
Education Policy 2016 Program promotes "well-learning" and reflects goals of core curriculum

Infographic: Substance Abuse and Dependence After Juvenile Detention

October 28, 2016
Abuse of and dependence on “hard drugs,” such as cocaine, hallucinogens or opiates, are far less common among delinquent African-American youth than delinquent Hispanics and non-Hispanic whites, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine study co-authored by behavioral scientist and IPR associate Linda Teplin, associate professor Leah Welty, and their colleagues. Published in the American Journal of Public Health, the 12-year longitudinal study followed 1,829 male and female youth from when they were detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in the 1990s until their late 20s. The series of interviews conducted during this period offers the first comprehensive picture of drug and alcohol abuse and dependence in delinquent youth.
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 Among delinquents, study finds whites more likely than blacks to abuse drugs
Wesley G. Skogan

Faculty Spotlight: Wesley Skogan

October 28, 2016
IPR political scientist Wesley Skogan studies police-community interactions, with a particular focus on Chicago. As a pioneering expert in policing, IPR political scientist Wesley G. Skogan has ...
Urban Policy and Community Development 2016 IPR political scientist studies interface between police and communities

Experts Eye Election, Offer Reflection

October 28, 2016
Ten IPR faculty members share what their research reveals about the 2016 election. After three months of intense campaigning following the Republican and Democratic conventions, both of the ma...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 IPR faculty share research-fueled insights on key aspects from polls to political parties

'Masking' the Loss of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

October 27, 2016
Without the housing boom of the early 2000s, unemployment would have spiked years before the start of the Great Recession, according to a recent study by IPR economist Matthew Notowidigdo and his colleagues. Instead, the housing boom—and the related increase in construction jobs—concealed a substantial loss in manufacturing jobs between 2000 and 2007. “Things were happening before the recession in the labor market,” Notowidigdo explained. “There were structural changes that we might have noticed but were masked by the housing boom.”
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 Housing bubble that preceded the Great Recession hid decline

Spotting Early Warning Signs of Psychosis

October 27, 2016
Unusual motor behavior and subtle handwriting abnormalities could be early warning signs of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia, a debilitating disorder characterized by hallucinations, intrusive though...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2016 IPR’s Vijay Mittal identifies risk factors for schizophrenia

Training Current and Future Researchers

October 27, 2016
Many college campuses go quiet over the summer, with students and faculty departing for other locations and endeavors, but Northwestern’s Evanston campus saw an uptick in summer activity for more than 125 current and future researchers. Through three training opportunities, IPR experts helped undergraduates, researchers, and faculty fine tune their understanding of research and use of rigorous methodologies.
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2016 IPR spreads research skills, understanding of research methodologies in education

Improving Nutrition Interventions

October 26, 2016
People-centered design can aid nutrition interventions, according to IPR anthropologist Sera Young. Almost 800 million people around the world are chronically undernourished, and more than 2 bi...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2016 How taking a “mom’s view” approach to program design can help

Economic Hardship Linked to Health Decline in Youths

September 29, 2016
The Great Recession had negative health consequences for African-American adolescents. Northwestern researchers have found that the more time black teenagers spent experiencing economic hardship ...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health 2016 IPR health psychologists examine effects of Great Recession

What Does Social Science Say About How a Female President Might Lead?

September 29, 2016
IPR psychologist Alice Eagly weighs in on what research has to tell us about a female president. In this year’s unorthodox presidential election season, the latest campaign foibles can s...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 IPR psychologist Alice Eagly weighs in

Is Stress Contributing to the Achievement Gap?

September 29, 2016
Race-based stress affects cortisol levels and sleep, which are important for learning. Race-based stressors and their effect on stress hormones and sleep patterns are understudied contributo...
Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy 2016 IPR experts examine race-based stressors

A Sample of One?

September 29, 2016
Can a randomized clinical trial be informative with a sample size of one per treatment? The answer is yes, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by IPR economist Charles F. Manski and Aleksey Tetenov, a former IPR graduate research assistant, now at the University of Bristol. The two challenge the use of hypothesis tests in medical decision-making, suggesting a way to reduce sample size in clinical trials and better inform treatment choice.
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2016 IPR economist studies data collection for treatment choice

Infographic: Cultural Values Affect Educational Outcomes

September 29, 2016
In addition to genes, research has shown that our parents pass along socioeconomic traits related to their education, wealth, and income that help us succeed in school and life. A new study, co-authored by IPR experts David Figlio and Paola Sapienza, finds yet another passed-on trait that aids in success: culture. 
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2016 IPR experts David Figlio and Paola Sapienza study outcomes for children of immigrants

IPR Welcomes Eight New Fellows

September 29, 2016
This September, IPR will welcome eight new fellows, one of its biggest incoming faculty cohorts ever. With research interests ranging from the economics and politics of developing countries to identity development and social inequality, these eight experts represent five disciplines, with six housed in Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and two in the University’s School of Education and Social Policy. Four were previously IPR faculty associates.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 New faculty to strengthen key research areas

Economic Hardship Linked to Health Decline in Youths

September 29, 2016
The Great Recession had negative health consequences for African-American adolescents. Northwestern researchers have found that the more time black teenagers spent experiencing economic hardship ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 IPR health psychologists examine effects of Great Recession

Reports of Childhood Abuse and Risk of Adult Death

September 28, 2016
IPR psychologists find a link between self-reports of childhood abuse and higher risk of death in women. Childhood abuse has been linked to a variety of adult psychiatric problems, but its assoc...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health 2016 IPR psychologists find link exists for women, not men

Involving Fathers in Their Child's Care

September 28, 2016
Pediatricians should make greater efforts to involve fathers in their children's care, according to a new report. From “deadbeat” to “stay-at-home” dads, the public&#8...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 Report highlights pediatricians' role
James Druckman

Faculty Spotlight: James Druckman

September 23, 2016
IPR political scientist James Druckman investigates what affects, and changes, our opinions. Purple pride flows strongly through James Druckman’s veins: His father, Daniel, graduated from ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 A scholar of political science and purple pride

Blue, Green, or 'Nol'?

August 23, 2016
A new Northwestern University study shows that even in infants too young to speak, the object categories infants form and their predictions about objects’ behavior, are sculpted by the names we use to describe them. As English speakers, we might encounter a natural scene and describe the blue lake, green grass and light blue sky in front of us. But speakers of Berinmo, an indigenous language of Papua New Guinea, have a single term for the colors we describe as blues and greens. They would describe the lake, grass and sky all as “nol.” 
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 New study reveals that even before infants can talk, language shapes their cognition

Infographic: Do Stop-and-Frisk Policies Affect Trust in Police?

July 20, 2016
In an IPR working paper, political scientist and policing expert Wesley G. Skogan examines the consequences of such a policy in Chicago, focusing on how police encounters affect public trust in police. His major finding? “Stop and frisk” policies can serve to lower the public’s trust in the police. For his study, Skogan conducted a representative in-person survey of 1,450 Chicagoans in 2015, nearly 30 percent of whom reported being stopped by police in the previous 12 months.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2016 IPR political scientist Wesley G. Skogan examines Chicagoans' police encounters and trust in police

Ready for School, Ready for Life

July 20, 2016
Figlio’s remarks set the stage for “Ready for School, Ready for Life,” where four IPR experts addressed key issues of early education, including cost effectiveness and quality, before more than 60 researchers, nonprofit leaders, and congressional staffers.
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2016 IPR researchers, congressmen highlight early childhood education at D.C. event

How 'Magical Thinking' and 'Buy American' Shape Public Opinion

July 19, 2016
The University of Pennsylvania's Diana Mutz (right) asks a speaker about public perceptions of corruption. In the 10 years since it started, the annual Chicago Area Political and Social Behavio...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 10th annual conference offers topical research for discussion

Who Governs?

July 18, 2016
A new book describes how three presidents manipulate public opinion to increase support for their policies. As American voters turn toward electing their 45th president in November, they likely ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 IPR political scientist James Druckman reveals how presidents manipulate public opinion

The Future of Collective Innovation

July 12, 2016
IPR associate Elizabeth Gerber examines how technology is changing innovation. When designer and IPR associate Elizabeth Gerber worked in industry, the development process was typically slow an...
Urban Policy and Community Development 2016 IPR associate examines technology's role in diversifying its spread

'Not Too Late'

July 08, 2016
In 2013, President Obama met with participants in the Becoming a Man program at Hyde Park Academy. In April, the Chicago Tribune announced the city’s 1,000th gunshot victim, a 16-year-old m...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 Findings show promise, cost effectiveness of program for at-risk teens

Do Government Old-Age Support Programs Affect Labor Supply?

June 27, 2016
The strain of massive baby boomer retirements on the bottom lines on Social Security and other old-age support programs will make some type of reform “almost inevitable,” according to economist and IPR associate Lee Lockwood. So, “having a good sense of how government programs affect labor supply is becoming more important than ever,” he said. In an IPR working paper, Lockwood and Daniel Fetter of Wellesley College analyze how the Old Age Assistance Program (OAA), created under the 1935 Social Security Act, affected employment. 
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 IPR associate Lee Lockwood examines the Old Age Assistance Program
Rachel Beatty Riedl

Faculty Spotlight: Rachel Beatty Riedl

June 23, 2016
IPR political scientist Rachel Beatty Riedl discusses a research experiment on religious messaging in Nairobi, Kenya. Beginning in the late 1980s, pro-democracy forces across Africa toppled some...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 IPR political scientist studies African politics through a comparative lens

Late-Term Births May Offer Future Cognitive Benefits

June 22, 2016
Babies born late have a higher probability of being gifted, and a lower probability of poor cognitive outcomes, but are more likely to be physically impaired. When mothers deliver later, babies ...
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2016 Children born at 41 weeks performed better in school than full term counterparts

Tackling Global Inequality Through Research

June 22, 2016
In describing inequality across the globe, many often use GINI coefficients, statistics capturing the dispersion of a country’s income data; however, an income-only measure can miss important elements of this critical issue. Thanks to a unique effort by two of Northwestern’s premier research institutes, the 50 participants who took part in the May 12-13 Global Inequality Workshop added to a more nuanced and interdisciplinary understanding of inequality in the world.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy 2016 Institutes combine strengths, invite international researchers to share ideas

Where Are the Women on Wikipedia?

June 21, 2016
Though millions of Internet users edit one or more pages of Wikipedia each month, only 16 percent of the site’s editors are women. This gender gap reflects a “matter of public concern,” IPR communication studies researchers Eszter Hargittai and Aaron Shaw write in a recent article.
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 Why gender, skill disparities matter for online encyclopedia
Simone Ispa-Landa

Faculty Spotlight: Simone Ispa-Landa

June 20, 2016
IPR education sociologist Simone Ispa-Landa forges ahead in the study of "subtle" inequality. From observing how individuals cope with having a visible criminal record, to how white students and...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 Pinning down social inequality and exclusion

Infographic: Gender-Science Stereotypes in 66 Nations

June 16, 2016
Over the past 40 years, the number of women taking science courses and becoming scientists has increased dramatically in some countries but not in others. In the Journal of Educational Psychology, Northwestern graduate student David Miller, IPR psychologist Alice Eagly, and Marcia Linn of the University of California, Berkeley, examine why this is the case.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 Researchers identify link between implicit stereotypes and women's representation in science

Identifying Barriers to HIV Prevention for Young Gay Men

June 13, 2016
IPR experts examine awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis, a drug that prevents HIV infection. While rates of HIV infections have fallen for Americans overall, one demographic group, gay teens a...
Social Disparities and Health 2016 Study examines awareness, use of life-saving drug among those most at risk

Lindsay Chase-Lansdale Elected to Harvard Board of Overseers

June 06, 2016
IPR developmental psychologist Lindsay Chase-Lansdale was elected to the Harvard Board of Overseers. EVANSTON, Ill. --- P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, associate provost for faculty and Frances W...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 She has ‘strong track record in building diverse and inclusive academic communities’

How Culture Can Affect Disease Treatment

May 23, 2016
One out of 10 individuals of Mexican descent living in the United States will be diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes—twice the rate of the general American population. While previous research has focused on causal factors, from genetics to diet and lifestyle, IPR anthropologist Rebecca Seligman and her colleagues examine the issue of “self-care,” or how Mexican Americans manage their own illness.
Social Disparities and Health 2016 IPR’s Rebecca Seligman examines how Mexican Americans manage diabetes

Northwestern Hosts Global Inequality Workshop

May 11, 2016
A map using Gini Index data portrays income inequality in countries around the world. Inequality affects both developed and emerging nations, yet research on the problem seldom crosses academi...
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2016 National, international experts to address disparities in health, education

Major Awards Recognize Innovative Research of Two IPR Fellows

April 29, 2016
Two fellows at Northwestern University’s Institute for Policy Research (IPR) received competitive awards this April from two of the country’s leading foundations in recognition of their achievements and promise as researchers: IPR labor economist Kirabo Jackson was named as an Andrew Carnegie Fellow and IPR social psychologist Mesmin Destin as a William T. Grant Foundation Scholar.
Education Policy 2016 Carnegie honors economist Kirabo Jackson; W.T. Grant honors psychologist Mesmin Destin

Can Chicago Restore Public Trust in Police?

April 26, 2016
Creating key oversight functions, including a powerful civilian oversight board and an independent inspector general for public safety, will help restore the trust of the public—and even its own officers—in the “internally and externally troubled” Chicago Police Department (CPD), said IPR political scientist and policing expert Wesley G. Skogan. Skogan was one of the 46 experts on the Chicago Police Accountability Task Force that produced the hard-hitting report on the CPD released earlier this month. The 190-page report begins with the “tipping point” of the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by a CPD officer in October 2014, and goes on to document widespread racial disparities, excessive use of force, accountability failures, and inadequate recruitment and training.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2016 IPR’s Wesley Skogan sees more oversight as a way forward
Bruce Spencer

Faculty Spotlight: Bruce Spencer

April 26, 2016
IPR statistician Bruce Spencer is one of the world’s leading experts in statistical accuracy. A discarded pamphlet on a New York subway train is what pushed IPR fellow Bruce Spencer to ...
Performance Measurement and Rewards 2016 IPR statistician shows how accurate figures can be a force for good

Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln's Midwest

April 26, 2016
Husband and wife scholars, Northwestern’s John P. Heinz and University of Chicago’s Anne M. Heinz, delved into an extraordinary archive to write Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln’s Country: The Dumville Family Letters (University of Illinois Press, February 2016).
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 Book contrasts with elite masculine perspective of mid-19th century life in America

Back-of-the-Envelope Estimates for Better Policy

April 26, 2016
What do earthquakes and water heaters, and bathtub spills and terrorist attacks, have in common? They concern policy issues that can be evaluated with a Fermi estimate, according to geophysicist and IPR associate Seth Stein. Named for nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi, these “back-of-the-envelope problems” are meant to be solved quickly—with little data and some good analytic reasoning. 
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2016 IPR associate Seth Stein draws a line between Fermi estimates and policy decisions

Racial Disparities in Police-Initiated Stops in Chicago

April 25, 2016
Welsey G. Skogan's 2015 survey of 1,200 randomly selected Chicago residents, ages 16 and older, found significant racial disparities in the number of police-initiated stops and the perception of abusive police behavior. The survey found that almost 70 percent of young African-American males reported being stopped by police in the past 12 months, and 56 percent reported being stopped on foot. The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force said in its report that "the overuse of investigatory stops has left a lingering, negative perception of the police in communities of color."
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White House Report to Congress Cites IPR Faculty Researchers

March 30, 2016
The White House Council of Economic Advisers' 2016 economic report to Congress last month emphasized the need to reduce inequality in America, starting with children from an early age. The report included evidence to support policies aiming to do just that from some of the nation’s leading academics, including six IPR experts.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 Studies offer evidence for policies to tackle childhood inequality

IPR Experts Present National Education Policy Proposals in D.C.

March 30, 2016
On March 28, two IPR faculty presented new proposals for national policies to help to strengthen U.S. student learning—one involves an intensive tutoring program for at-risk students and t...
Education Policy 2016 Policies address tutoring for at-risk students and online platform to evaluate K-12 education technology

Infographic: For Hispanic and Latino Adults, Chronic Stress Linked to Obesity

March 24, 2016
Obesity in America remains a serious public health problem—one that disproportionately affects low-income Americans and minorities—and in particular, Hispanics/Latinos in the United States, the fastest-growing and largest ethnic minority group in the country. More than 40 percent of Latino men and women are obese, compared with 32 percent of non-Hispanic, white Americans. Professor of medical social sciences and IPR associate Frank Penedo and a team of investigators supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute seek to understand what might be driving these racial and ethnic disparities in obesity rates.
Social Disparities and Health 2016 Stress management techniques might boost weight loss, suggests IPR associate Frank Penedo
Matthew Notowidigdo

Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Notowidigdo

March 16, 2016
IPR economist Matthew Notowidigdo examines how different policies might affect a host of employment, health, and financial outcomes. IPR labor economist Matthew Notowidigdo often kicks off his...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 IPR labor economist scrutinizes “overlooked” niches in economics

Why Do So Few Women Hold Positions of Power?

March 08, 2016
Alice Eagly (center) discusses the obstacles women leaders must overcome to negotiate the "labyrinth" of gender inequality with panelists Brigham Young political scientist Christopher Karpowi...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 IPR briefing examines potential and challenges for women leaders

The Long-Term Effects of Lead: Flint and Beyond

March 02, 2016
As the water crisis continues in Flint, Michigan, research shows the deleterious effects of lead in drinking water. Long before news of Flint’s water crisis broke, economist and IPR as...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 Economist Joseph Ferrie investigates the effects of lead in drinking water

New Northwestern Institute Commits to Improving LGBT Health

March 01, 2016
Northwestern University has launched the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), the first research institute in the United States established university-wide that is focused exclusively on LGBT health.
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016 IPR associate Brian Mustanski to direct new research institute

Ending Mass Incarceration in the United States

February 29, 2016
Sociologist and IPR associate Heather Schoenfeld investigates why states are seeking prison reform. Long known as the world’s biggest jailer, the United States is experimenting with prison...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 Northwestern researcher details how red states are spearheading reforms

Infographic: For First-Generation College Students, Backgrounds Matter

February 29, 2016
A minority at elite institutions, first-generation students suffer academically and psychologically on campus, surrounded by “continuing-generation” peers and faculty who often lack understanding of their situation.
Education Policy 2016 Understanding the importance of personal backgrounds can help students thrive in stressful college situations

For Women in India, Friendship Can Improve Business Success

February 25, 2016
No matter where they live, in rich or poor countries, women are less likely to succeed as entrepreneurs. A common policy prescription has been to offer business training. Yet emerging evidence is showing that training alone does not resolve this gender gap. In a recent IPR working paper, economist and IPR associate Seema Jayachandran and her colleagues focus on female micro-entrepreneurs in India. In particular, they examine if including peer support in training might increase their success as entrepreneurs.
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 IPR associate Seema Jayachandran examines peer effects for female entrepreneurs

How Childcare Affects Dads' Testosterone

February 25, 2016
In a 2011 study, IPR biological anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa, with his then-graduate student Lee Gettler and colleague Thomas McDade, discovered that a man’s testosterone levels drop when he becomes a father, presumably making him more likely to stick around to help raise his child. The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, was the first to use longitudinal data to demonstrate that this phenomenon—previously observed in birds and other species—was also true in humans. But it also left many unanswered questions. 
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 IPR’s Christopher Kuzawa investigates role of nonparental caretakers

How Early Is Infants' Attention Affected By Culture?

February 17, 2016
Do the cultures in which we live shape how we view the objects and events in the world that surrounds us? Research with adults has suggested that it does. But how early might any such culturally inflected differences emerge in development? In a new Northwestern University study, researchers address the issue directly, asking how 24-month-old infants from the United States and China deploy their attention to objects and actions in active scenes. 
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 By age two, infants’ attention to objects and events may be shaped by their culture
Christine Percheski

Faculty Spotlight: Christine Percheski

February 16, 2016
Christine Percheski presents her research on economic inequality at an IPR colloquium. “I didn’t think I was going to be an academic—I thought I’d go into law or maybe pol...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016 Sociological focus draws from strong social justice roots

Infographic: Can Stricter State Penalties Lower Theft of Wages?

January 29, 2016
In a recent IPR working paper, IPR political scientist Daniel Galvin conducts a state-by-state analysis of policies surrounding wage theft, finding that stricter policies could play a role in enforcing state and federal minimum wages.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 IPR political scientist Daniel Galvin conducts state-by-state analysis of wage theft regulations

Online Privacy? Beware of Posts Made from Your Home Computer

January 05, 2016
In a recent journal article, IPR associate and communication studies researcher Eszter Hargittai and her co-author Jennifer Jiyoung Suh of the University of California, Santa Barbara, address this gap in the research by investigating how a person’s privacy might be affected by the device they use for a Facebook post and the location from which they make the post.
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Government's Public Policy Iceberg

January 05, 2016
“Political scientists think of the government’s role in public policy as like an iceberg,” explained political scientist and IPR associate Chloe Thurston. “There’s the tip of the iceberg, which everyone can see—that’s Social Security, for example. Beneath the surface, though, there are a lot of public policies that are administered to citizens very indirectly,” through avenues like tax and employer incentives.
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016 IPR associate Chloe Thurston investigates citizen advocacy groups

Beyond College Access to Success for Low-Income Students

January 04, 2016
In the United States, the unofficial education policy of “college-for-all” has succeeded in enrolling more students than ever in college. But only 20 percent of those who enroll in community college manage to get a bachelor’s degree, and students with low socioeconomic status (SES) and low test scores are even more unlikely to do so. Yet these students have options beyond traditional bachelor’s programs, said IPR education researcher James Rosenbaum in a November 16 colloquium. Rosenbaum and project coordinator Caitlin Ahearn have studied the benefits of “sub-baccalaureate” programs, such as associate’s degree or certificate programs, which train students for jobs in fields like manufacturing and computer science.
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy 2016 IPR's James Rosenbaum finds "good options" to BA programs

ABCD Institute Celebrates 20 Years

October 14, 2015
Participants confer at the ABCD conference in Blackpool, England. Not long ago, when community organizers and social workers wanted to improve disadvantaged neighborhoods, they began by chronicli...
Urban Policy and Community Development 2015 IPR talks with co-founder John McKnight about its past and future

How Do Stereotypes Form and Can They Be Altered?

August 25, 2015
People form stereotypes based on inferences about groups' social roles—like high school dropouts in the fast-food industry. Picture a high-school dropout. Now, think about what occupation t...
2015 IPR psychologist Alice Eagly finds change is possible

To Reduce Mass Incarceration, Recognize Humanity

June 13, 2015
Mass incarceration, Harvard sociologist Bruce Western argues, has contributed to growing inequality in the U.S. Today, about 1.6 million people are serving time in a state or federal prison in t...
Social Disparities and Health 2015 Harvard's Bruce Western discusses damaging effects of incarceration

The High Cost of Stereotypes

May 16, 2015
Social psychologist Claude Steele gives a lecture on his book, Whistling Vivaldi, at Northwestern University, Feb. 4. In looking at graphs of University of Michigan undergraduate grades brok...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2015 "Whistling Vivaldi" author, IPR scholars define effects, interventions

Research Traces Effects of Partisanship on American Politics

January 09, 2015
IPR political scientist Laurel Harbridge (at right) poses with former Republican Senator Olympia Snowe during a conference on the ethics of political dysfunction held at the University of Missouri...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2015 IPR scholars explore phenomenon of growing polarization and partisanship

Comparing French and U.S Socioeconomic Segregation

January 24, 2014
Low-income neighborhoods in Paris (left) and New York City, two of the cities compared in the study. A new working paper by IPR sociologist Lincoln Quillian and his colleague Hugues Lagrange of ...
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The Great Recession: Over But Not Gone?

January 23, 2014
Foreclosure signs around the nation continue to illustrate to the lingering effects of the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression.  While the U.S. economy is predicted to take of...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Urban Policy and Community Development; Social Disparities and Health 2014 IPR researchers document ongoing effects

"Black Picket Fences" Revisited

October 21, 2013
Recently, sociologist and IPR associate Mary Pattillo released the second edition of her ground-breaking book Black Picket Fences: Privilege and Peril Among the Black Middle Class—one of only a few ethnographic studies of a black middle-class neighborhood. In the 2013 edition, she revisited the same topics discussed in the 1999 original—namely the economy, crime, and housing—and put them in context with the economic downturn and the foreclosure crisis.
2013 Second edition of book continues to further research on the black middle class

Cecilia Rouse: Economist, Presidential Adviser, Dean, and Mom

May 13, 2013
Cecilia Rouse, Woodrow Wilson dean and Princeton professor, recalls the art of balancing work in the White House and family life with IPR Director David Figlio. How does one advise the presiden...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2013 Princeton’s Rouse recalls policymaking and parenting in the White House

Are Single-Sex Schools Better at Educating Students

December 21, 2012
Does being in an all-male or all-female school lead to better education outcomes? Proponents of single-sex education argue that it does because boys and girls learn differently and thus benefit ...
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