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When the Unexpected Happens

Assassination. Secret air pollution. Draught. Police shootings. Unexpected and beyond the control of individuals, these outside forces can “shock” people in ways beyond just a psychological toll. They can penetrate the cellular level in our bodies, ultimately affecting our health, the growth and development of our children, and more.

Such shocks also present research opportunities that lead to new insights and implications for policy. Coming from the different perspectives of sociology, economics, and psychology, IPR faculty follow how these exogenous, or outside, shocks enter and alter our lives.


IPR Scholars Recognized for the Scope of Their Work

Five IPR faculty have recently been recognized in their fields for the impact of their policy-driven research. Their studies span a range of topics, including COVID-19 infections and antibodies, public perceptions of Black girls, and child nutrition. The accolades highlight the significant influence of IPR scholarship in academia.

Research News

New Report Aims to Improve IES and Education Research

As the 20th anniversary of the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) approaches, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) convened a committee to review current practices and consider the future needs and goals of education research. IPR statistician Elizabeth Tipton and education sociologist Cynthia Coburn were part of the 15-member committee that authored a new report with 19 recommendations, developed through a six-month-long consensus process.

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty explores trends in gun violence in Cook County, Illinois, from 2018–20, whether social relationships can improve students' academic achievement, and the financial stability of families who have children with special healthcare needs. 

The Northwestern Neighborhood & Network Initiative (N3) and Giffords are partnering for a four-part series on Community Violence Intervention (CVI). Register here for the first webinar, "What is CVI?," on April 21 at 12 p.m. (CT), emceed by N3 executive director Soledad McGrath. The next webinar in the series will be on May 19 and feature IPR sociologist and N3 faculty director Andrew Papachristos and N3 research project manager Dallas Wright.

Faculty in the News

“The evidence has piled up in such a way that it's maybe not unreasonable to call some of America's wealthiest people oligarchs.”

—Benjamin Page
With 'Stealth Politics,' Billionaires
Make Sure Their Money Talks

The New York Times Magazine
Working Papers

IPR currently has 20 new working papers in its series for the year, covering topics such as network efficiency and accuracy, exposure to gun violence, and the economics of fertility. Our working paper recap sent every second week of the month highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website.
IPR Working Papers

Please note that all IPR colloquia this spring will be held in person and online simultaneously. Registration is only required to attend the online talks. IPR will be following local, state, federal, and University guidelines for events. Masking is optional, but encouraged. You can always find the latest event information by visiting our online calendar.

April 25: "Fair Juries"
Shari Seidman Diamond (Pritzker/Psychology/IPR)

May 2: TBA
Tabitha Bonilla (IPR/SESP)

May 6: Chicago Area Social and Political Behavior Workshop (CAB)
organized by James Druckman (IPR/Political Science) featuring talks by Adam Berinsky (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), Tabitha Bonilla (IPR/SESP), Jake Bowers (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), and Susan Stokes (University of Chicago)

May 9: "Pursing Research on Racial Equity in a Polarized Environment"
Adam Gamoran (W.T. Grant)

May 16: "Clubs and Networks in Academic Reviewing"
David Figlio (IPR/SESP)

May 23: "Identifying Drivers of U.S. Health Inequality"
Greg Miller (IPR/Psychology), Alexa Freedman (IPR), and Eric Finegood (IPR)

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