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Faculty Matter

The Institute for Policy Research (IPR) welcomed social psychologist Eli Finkel, an expert on political polarization and romantic relationships, this September as the inaugural Morton O. Schapiro IPR Faculty Fellow. The position has been generously funded by an anonymous donor in honor of Morton Schapiro, an IPR economist who served as Northwestern’s president from 2009–22. In other faculty matters, IPR also recently celebrated five of its fellows who were promoted to full or associate professor this month: political scientists Daniel Galvin, Laurel Harbridge-Yong, and Sally Nuamah, economist Ofer Malamud, and statistician Elizabeth Tipton.

“Since its inception, IPR faculty have sought to tackle some of the most challenging problems confronting our society through diverse and rigorous research,” said IPR Director Andrew Papachristos. “By investing in faculty research, the Institute extends its reach and fosters meaningful public discourse that leads to lasting change.”

Research News


IPR Economist Joins President's Council of Economic Advisers

IPR economist Kirabo Jackson, a nationally recognized scholar who studies the economics of education, was appointed a member of President Biden's Council of Economic Advisers. He began his appointment at the end of August.

What Do Universities Owe Their Students?

The COVID-19 pandemic brought unprecedented disruptions to higher education. New research by law professors and IPR associates Max Schanzenbach and Kimberly Yuracko asks what universities promise their students in exchange for tuition. 

The Value of Cross-Disciplinary Interactions

In a Q&A, IPR psychologist Sylvia Perry discusses her fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Sciences (CASBS) at Stanford University and leading a diversity workshop to empower early career scholars from underrepresented backgrounds in higher education. 

Faculty Research in Brief

New research from IPR faculty investigates early-life psychological stress and long-term health effects, the incarceration rates of immigrants and U.S.-born men, and public perceptions of Black girls and their punitive consequences. 

Faculty Insights

"What she [Simone Biles] showed all the young gymnasts hoping to follow in her footsteps is that overwork and emotional distress and pushing through pain and trauma do not result in optimal performance.”
Working Papers

IPR has 34 working papers in its series for 2023, covering topics such as the connection between raising the state minimum wage and community college enrollment, persuasive political targeting, and how much private property rights are subject to a public claim. Our working paper newsletter highlights the newest additions, but you can always view and download all of IPR’s working papers from our website. You can sign up to receive notification of our newest working papers here.
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