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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.
Social Disparities and Health 2019

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

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...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Social Disparities and Health; Urban Policy and Community Development; Education Policy 2019

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

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
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

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

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

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
Kaitlyn Rubinstein

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...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019
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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
crime scene

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
group of people

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
Chuck Manski

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
Dept of Sociology Building

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
book cover close-up

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
students in classroom

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
police car

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
boy with asthma

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
working women

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
IPR panel

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
IPR panel

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...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019
Lori Beaman on panel

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. &...
Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Urban Policy and Community Development; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019
IPR conference panel

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...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019
IPR panel

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 ...
Social Disparities and Health; Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2019
IPR panel

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...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2019
IPR panel

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...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2019
Matthew Desmond

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
IPR panel

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...
Social Disparities and Health; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2019
Celeste Watkins Hayes

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
biracial family

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
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
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
DNA image

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
traffic congestion

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
graph

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
preschool children playing

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 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...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy 2019

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...
Performance Measurement and Rewards; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2019

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
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Social Disparities and Health; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2019
group therapy, closeup on hands

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
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
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poverty

Identity and Ambitions: 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
census infographic

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, s...
Performance Measurement and Rewards 2019
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
Photo with social media apps

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 ...
Education Policy; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2019
IPR fellows

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
mother and newborn

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
Sera Young

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
infographic

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
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

Innovation and Continuity: The First Decade (1968–1978)

April 22, 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
statue of liberty

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
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Urban Policy and Community Development 2019
Stateway Gardens Small

Neighborhoods and New Methods: 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
2019
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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
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
infographic

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
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
coworkers collaborating

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
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
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
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
Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

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
Larry Hedges Yidan Thumb

The Career of Larry Hedges

February 13, 2019
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Education Policy 2019
college classroom

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
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
melting ice

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
preschool kids

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
Simone Ispa-Landa

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
Mesmin Destin

Mesmin Destin Wins Early Career Award

January 15, 2019
IPR social psychologist Mesmin Destin received the 2019 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contributionto Psychology. IPR social psychologist Mesmin Destin received the 2019 Disting...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2019
IPR faculty

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

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

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

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
Education Policy; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2018
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
Joseph Ferrie

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

Sheridan Fuller Named Robert Wood Johnson Scholar

October 11, 2018
Sheridan Fuller focuses on how families' interactions with the social safety net influencethe direction of their lives. IPR graduate research assistant Sheridan Fuller is one of 40 students na...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Social Disparities and Health; Urban Policy and Community Development; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'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...
Performance Measurement and Rewards; Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2018

Northwestern Honors IPR Health Psychologists

January 26, 2018
Internationally renowned IPR health psychologists Edith Chen and Greg Miller, partners in both research and life, traced the influences on their respective and overlapping career paths ...
Social Disparities and Health 2018
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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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 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

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...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2017

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

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

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

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

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
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
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

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

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

When Should the Police Use Confrontational Tactics?

July 24, 2017
A new study by IPR economist Charles F. Manski provides a formal model of optimal policing. Citizens depend on police to provide public safety while maintaining the trust of the community. How ...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2017

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

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 ...
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

Polling by Probabilities?

December 08, 2016
Probabilistic polling, a method proposed by IPR economist Charles F. Manski, helped predict Trump's win. In the wake of the 2016 presidential election, one of the major questions that pundits...
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016

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 schoo...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy 2016
Greg Miller

Faculty Spotlight: Greg Miller

December 08, 2016
As a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, IPR health psychologist Greg Miller found himself at “ground zero” of a new field investigating how the mind, body, s...
Social Disparities and Health 2016

Manufacturing a Better Organ Transplant Process

December 08, 2016
With a shortfall in the supply of donated organs, improving the organ transplantation process is critical. What do organ transplants and manufacturing have in common? According to Jane H...
Social Disparities and Health 2016

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

Panel to Enhance Online Survey Platform TESS

November 22, 2016
Time-sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences is now using a panel from NORC at the University of Chicago. Since 2002, the National Science Foundation-funded project, Time-sharing Experime...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016

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...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016

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
Onnie Rogers

Faculty Spotlight: Onnie Rogers

November 21, 2016
As an undergraduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and as the only African-American gymnast on her college team, IPR developmental psychologist Onnie Rogers often found ...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016

‘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

Finnish Educators Call FUSE An 'Inspiration'

November 07, 2016
Kristiina Kumpulainen of the University of Helsinki discusses how the FUSE Studio program is an "inspiration" to Finnish educators. Schools in Finland are adopting the FUSE Studio program&#...
Education Policy 2016

Infographic: Substance Abuse and Dependence After Juvenile Detention

October 28, 2016
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Abuse of and dependence on “hard drugs,” such as cocaine, hallucinogens or opiates, are far less common among del...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016
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

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

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

October 27, 2016
The housing boom "masked" a loss in manufacturing jobs, according to a new study. Without the housing boom of the early 2000s, unemployment would have spiked years before the start of the Great...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016

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

Training Current and Future Researchers

October 27, 2016
Participants at the Cluster-Randomized Trials Institute explore methodologies. Many college campuses go quiet over the summer, with students and faculty departing for other locations and endeavor...
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health; Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2016

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

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

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

A Sample of One?

September 29, 2016
IPR economist Charles F. Manski outlines a method to better inform clinical trials and treatment choice. Can a randomized clinical trial be informative with a sample size of one per treatment...
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research 2016

Infographic: Cultural Values Affect Educational Outcomes

September 29, 2016
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. David Figlio In addition to genes, research has shown that our parents pass along socioeconomic traits related to their edu...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2016

IPR Welcomes Eight New Fellows

September 29, 2016
Front row: Onnie Rogers, Seema Jayachandran, Beth Redbird, and Mary McGrath. Back row: IPR Director David Figlio, Rachel Beatty Riedl, Sera Young, Simone Ispa-Landa, and IPR Associate Director Ja...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016

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

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

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&...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016
James Druckman

Faculty Spotlight: James Druckman

September 23, 2016
Purple pride flows strongly through James Druckman’s veins: His father, Daniel, graduated from Northwestern with a PhD in 1966. The junior Druckman went on to not only attend Northwestern as ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016

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

July 20, 2016
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Wesley G. Skogan For police departments across the country, “stop and frisk”—an investigative procedure w...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2016

Ready for School, Ready for Life

July 20, 2016
U.S. Representative Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) of Illinois welcomes participants to the research briefing with IPR experts. In tracking the education outcomes of more than 1 million Florida children ov...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies; Education Policy 2016

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

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

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

'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

Do Government Old-Age Support Programs Affect Labor Supply?

June 27, 2016
The Old Age Assistance Program, created under the 1935 Social Security Act, reduced the employment of older men. The strain of massive baby boomer retirements on the bottom lines on Social Securi...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016
Rachel Beatty Riedl

Faculty Spotlight: Rachel Beatty Riedl

June 23, 2016
Beginning in the late 1980s, pro-democracy forces across Africa toppled some of the continent’s authoritarian regimes in favor of more democratic systems. As recently as October 2014, protest...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016

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

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 importa...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Social Disparities and Health; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy 2016

Where Are the Women on Wikipedia?

June 21, 2016
Women are making fewer contributions to Wikipedia than men. Though millions of Internet users edit one or more pages of Wikipedia each month, only 16 percent of the site’s editors are women...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016
Simone Ispa-Landa

Faculty Spotlight: Simone Ispa-Landa

June 20, 2016
From observing how individuals cope with having a visible criminal record, to how white students and teachers in affluent suburban schools structure the experiences of their black classmates, IPR s...
Education Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016

Infographic: Gender-Science Stereotypes in 66 Nations

June 16, 2016
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Over the past 40 years, the number of women taking science courses and becoming scientists has increased dramatically in ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016

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

How Culture Can Affect Disease Treatment

May 23, 2016
Mexican Americans' cultural conceptions of diabetes self-care may not follow the U.S. clinical perspective. One out of 10 individuals of Mexican descent living in the United States will be diagno...
Social Disparities and Health 2016

Northwestern Hosts Global Inequality Workshop

May 11, 2016
A map using Gini Index data portrays income inequality in countries around the world. EVANSTON, Ill.  --- Inequality affects both developed and emerging nations, yet research on the probl...
Education Policy; Social Disparities and Health 2016

Major Awards Recognize Innovative Research of Two IPR Fellows

April 29, 2016
IPR's Mesmin Destin (l.) and Kirabo Jackson were recognized for their innovative approaches to education research. EVANSTON, ILL. – Two fellows at Northwestern University’s Institut...
Education Policy 2016

Can Chicago Restore Public Trust in Police?

April 26, 2016
IPR policing expert Wesley Skogan led a 2015 survey asking 1,200 randomly selected Chicagoans about their experiences with Chicago police that helped to inform the task force’s recomme...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development 2016
Edward Brooks

Faculty Spotlight: Bruce Spencer

April 26, 2016
A discarded pamphlet on a New York subway train is what pushed IPR fellow Bruce Spencer to become a leading statistician. IPR statistician Bruce Spencer is one of the world’s leading ex...
Performance Measurement and Rewards 2016

Women, Work, and Worship in Lincoln's Midwest

April 26, 2016
In a new book, husband-and-wife scholars John and Anne Heinz draw from 19th-century letters written by women. A new book based on a treasure trove of letters from the Abraham Lincoln Presidentia...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016

Back-of-the-Envelope Estimates for Better Policy

April 26, 2016
Can "quick-and-dirty" calculations make for better public policies? What do earthquakes and water heaters, and bathtub spills and terrorist attacks, have in common? They concern policy issues th...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Performance Measurement and Rewards 2016

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 perc...
Urban Policy and Community Development; Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016

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...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Education Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016

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

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

March 24, 2016
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Obesity in America remains a serious public health problem—one that disproportionately affects low-income Americans and...
Social Disparities and Health 2016
Matthew Notowidigdo

Faculty Spotlight: Matthew Notowidigdo

March 16, 2016
IPR labor economist Matthew Notowidigdo often kicks off his health economics course with a quote from an infrequently cited academic source, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh. IPR econ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016

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

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

New Northwestern Institute Commits to Improving LGBT Health

March 01, 2016
Northwestern University launched the first university-wide research institute that focuses on LGBT health. Northwestern University has launched the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Healt...
Poverty, Race and Inequality 2016

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

Infographic: For First-Generation College Students, Backgrounds Matter

February 29, 2016
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. A minority at elite institutions, first-generation students suffer academically and psychologically on campus, surrounded by ...
Education Policy 2016

For Women in India, Friendship Can Improve Business Success

February 25, 2016
IPR associate Seema Jayachandran examines the effect of peers on female micro-entrepreneurs in India. No matter where they live, in rich or poor countries, women are less likely to succeed as en...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016

How Childcare Affects Dads' Testosterone

February 25, 2016
A family in Cebu, Philippines, participates in a longitudinal study on childcare and fathers' testosterone. In a 2011 study, IPR biological anthropologist Christopher Kuzawa, with his then-gradua...
Social Disparities and Health; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016

How Early Is Infants' Attention Affected By Culture?

February 17, 2016
Researchers say the study’s results underscore the value of conducting cross-cultural research with infants. Do the cultures in which we live shape how we view the objects and events in ...
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016
Christine Percheski

Faculty Spotlight: Christine Percheski

February 16, 2016
“I didn’t think I was going to be an academic—I thought I’d go into law or maybe policymaking” said IPR sociologist Christine Percheski, in recalling her early college...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Urban Policy and Community Development; Child, Adolescent and Family Studies 2016

Infographic: Can Stricter State Penalties Lower Theft of Wages?

January 29, 2016
Click on the image above to see a larger version of the infographic. Daniel Galvin While the debate over raising the minimum wage continues across the United States, there has been little disc...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016

Online Privacy? Beware of Posts Made from Your Home Computer

January 05, 2016
85 percent of Facebook users access the site from a mobile device. What does that mean for online privacy? In its 2015 financial report, Facebook stated that it had more than 1.44 billion users,...
Urban Policy and Community Development 2016

Government's Public Policy Iceberg

January 05, 2016
Citizens' advocacy groups mobilized to change government policies that denied certain people home loans. “Political scientists think of the government’s role in public policy as like ...
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy 2016

Beyond College Access to Success for Low-Income Students

January 04, 2016
Only 20 percent of those who enroll in community college leave with a bachelor's degree. James Rosenbaum presents alternative options. In the United States, the unofficial education policy of &#8...
Poverty, Race and Inequality; Education Policy 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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 ...
Urban Policy and Community Development 2014

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

"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

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

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 ...
2012