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As COVID-19 continues to spread in the U.S. and around the globe, its effects have been wide-ranging and abrupt. Millions have been thrown out of work, while societies and economies have been shut down. Social science researchers, including IPR’s interdisciplinary faculty experts, have also been hard at work to understand and address the coronavirus pandemic's ravaging effects on society at large.

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COVID-19 Magnifies Racial Disparities in Health

June 2020

Only 30% of Chicago’s residents are African American, yet as of late June they comprise 44% of those who have died from COVID-19, according to Chicago’s Department of Public Health. Both African American and Latinx residents are also getting sick from COVID-19 at higher rates than White residents.  IPR researchers have heeded the call for data and policy perspectives through surveys and antibody testing. 

Easing the Impact of COVID-19

April 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread, with the U.S. now leading the world in reported cases, an international team of leading social scientists came together to analyze what the social and behavioral sciences can tell us about current responses to the pandemic. Among them were IPR faculty political scientist James Druckman and psychologist Eli Finkel. Stanford sociologist Robb Willer and New York University neural psychologist Jay Van Bavel led the overall effort.

Social Science Research in a COVID-19 World

April 2020

IPR experts are responding to unparalleled calls for more evidence to answer pressing questions about the virus’ effect on our social, cultural, political, and economic institutions. These new projects include launching a survey on social and behavioral attitudes, developing a test for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies, and analyzing food insecurity. Read more about their new and ongoing research related to COVID-19.