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Faculty Experts

IPR faculty experts represent a cross section of the University's schools and many of its departments. 

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We have more than 50 faculty fellows who contribute to our core research areas and participate in IPR events

Faculty Fellows
Emma Adam

Emma Adam

Edwina S. Tarry Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Stress and adolescent emotional, behavioral, and academic development
  • Effects of stress on cognition and health
  • Race-based stress and racial disparities in health and academic outcomes
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Tabitha Bonilla

Tabitha Bonilla

Assistant Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Human trafficking
  • Campaign promises 
  • Political messaging
  • Political representation
  • Voting behavior
IPR Bio
P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale

Vice Provost for Academics | Frances Willard Professor of Human Development and Social Policy
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Two-generation programs that promote low-income parents' and their children's education simultaneously
  • How social policy issues affect family functioning and the development of children, youth, and adults
  • Social disparities and health and well-being
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Anthony Chen

Anthony Chen

Associate Professor of Sociology and of Political Science (by courtesy)
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • American political development and public policy since the New Deal
  • Politics of social policy, civil rights, and business-government relations
  • Affirmative action in college admissions
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Edith Chen

Edith Chen

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair, Professor of Psychology, and Co-Director of the Foundations of Health Research Center
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • The biological and psychological mechanisms associated with poverty and poor health in children
  • Resilience in youth -- why some who confront adversity stay in good health
  • The consequences of upward mobility for the health of minority youth
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James Druckman

James Druckman

Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science
IPR Associate Director; IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Political and science communication
  • Representation
  • Sports politics
  • Experimental methodology
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David Figlio

David Figlio

Orrington Lunt Professor of Education and Social Policy and of Economics (by courtesy) | Dean of the School of Education and Social Policy
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • School accountability
  • School vouchers
  • Education finance
  • Intergenerational issues in health and education
  • Teacher and principal quality
  • Welfare policy
IPR Bio
Laurel Harbridge-Yong

Laurel Harbridge-Yong

Associate Professor of Political Science
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • American politics, congressional elections, public opinion, and representation
  • Polarization, bipartisanship, compromise, and gridlock in Congress and state legislatures
  • Public policy
IPR Bio
Larry V. Hedges

Larry V. Hedges

Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics and Education and Social Policy | Professor of Psychology | Professor of Medical Social Sciences
Co-Director of the STEPP Center; IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Statistical methods for meta-analysis
  • Evidence-based methodology for social science research
  • Social distribution of academic achievement in America
  • Educational policies and practices
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Seema Jayachandran

Seema Jayachandran

Professor of Economics
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Health and education in developing countries
  • Gender equality
  • Environmental conservation
IPR Bio
Thomas McDade

Thomas McDade

Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology
IPR Fellow (On leave 2020-2021)

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Long-term effects of early environments, with an emphasis on inflammation and health
  • Health disparities
  • Biomarkers for population-based research
  • Social and cultural contexts of stress and health
IPR Bio
Monica Prasad

Monica Prasad

Professor of Sociology and Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Board of Visitors Professor
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Taxation
  • Comparative political economy
  • Corruption
IPR Bio
Morton Schapiro

Morton Schapiro

Professor and President, Northwestern University
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Economics of higher education
  • College financing and student aid
  • Measuring college success
IPR Bio
Rebecca Seligman

Rebecca Seligman

Associate Professor of Anthropology
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Cultural influences on mental health and healing
  • Effects of social inequalities on physical and mental health
  • Embodiment, psychophysiology, and mind-body interaction
  • Immigrant mental health
IPR Bio
Bruce D. Spencer

Bruce D. Spencer

Professor of Statistics
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Statistics used in public policy and legal settings
  • Evaluation of the Census and other data programs
  • Demographic statistics
  • Design and analysis of samples and other statistical studies
  • Statistical assessment of earthquake hazard predictions
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Elizabeth Tipton

Elizabeth Tipton

Associate Professor of Statistics
Co-Director of the STEPP Center; IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Statistical methods for meta-analysis
  • Evidence-based methodology for education and psychology research
  • Design and analysis of field experiments
IPR Bio

Our more than 100 faculty associates and adjuncts, listed below with links to their biographical pages in their respective departments and schools, are key participants in our research-based community.

Faculty AssociatesResearch Areas
Ronald Ackermann

Ronald Ackermann

Department: General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research
Social Disparities and Health
Crystal Clark

Crystal Clark

Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Cynthia Coburn

Cynthia Coburn

Department: Human Development and Social Policy
Jeannette Colyvas

Jeannette Colyvas

Department: Human Development and Social Policy/Learning Sciences
Noshir Contractor

Noshir Contractor

Department: Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies
Joe Feinglass

Joe Feinglass

Department: General Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine
Quantitative Methods for Policy Research
Claudia Haase

Claudia Haase

Department: Human Development and Social Policy
Social Disparities and Health
Kristen Knutson

Kristen Knutson

Department: Neurology and Preventive Medicine
Dan Lewis

Dan Lewis

Department: Human Development and Social Policy
Molly Losh

Molly Losh

Department: Communication Sciences and Disorders
Quinn Mulroy

Quinn Mulroy

Department: Human Development and Social Policy
Daniel O'Keefe

Daniel O'Keefe

Department: Communication Studies/Sociology
Ivuoma Ngozi Onyeador

Ivuoma Ngozi Onyeador

Department: Management and Organizations
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy, Poverty, Race and Inequality
Mary Pattillo

Mary Pattillo

Department: Sociology/African American Studies
Poverty, Race and Inequality
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, Education Policy, Poverty, Race and Inequality, Social Disparities and Health
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, Poverty, Race and Inequality, Social Disparities and Health
Urban Policy and Community Development
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy
Edward (Ned) Smith

Edward (Ned) Smith

Department: Management and Organizations
Teresa Eckrich Sommer

Teresa Eckrich Sommer

Department: Institute for Policy Research
Child, Adolescent and Family Studies, Poverty, Race and Inequality
James Spillane

James Spillane

Department: Human Development, Social Policy and Learning Sciences
Linda Teplin

Linda Teplin

Department: Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
We host visiting scholars each year. Scholars are paired with an IPR faculty member with similar research interests. Find out more about our visiting scholars and their research areas below.

Ming Ji

Visiting Scholar, 2019–2020

University: Jilin University, China

Research Areas:

  • Social welfare policy
  • Happiness economics
  • Ecological economics
IPR Sponsor: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

Tamara McGavock

Visiting Scholar, 2019–2020

University: Grinnell College

Research Areas:

  • Development economics
  • Economics of gender and the family
  • Microeconomic theory
IPR Sponsor: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

DEPARTMENT BIO

Our community of scholars also includes faculty emeriti who continue to play a role in the institute and its activities. Use the links below to view their biographical pages in their respective departments and schools.

Fay Lomax Cook

Professor Emerita of Human Development and Social Policy

Research Areas: 

  • Public opinion and social policy
  • Politics of public policy 
  • Public deliberation 
  • Dynamics of public and elite support for social programs

IPR BIO

Thomas D. Cook

Professor Emeritus of Sociology and IPR Fellow Emeritus

Research Areas: 

  • Law and social sciences
  • Criminal law
  • Legal profession

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Alice Eagly

James Padilla Emerita Chair of Arts and Sciences | Professor of Psychology Emerita

Research Areas: 

  • Psychology of gender and attitudes 
  • Changes in gender attitudes 
  • Women and leadership

IPR BIO

John Heinz

Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Law

Research Areas: 

  • Law and social sciences
  • Criminal law
  • Legal profession

DEPARTMENT BIO

Barton Hirsch

Professor Emeritus, Human Development and Social Policy

Research Areas: 

  • Program development, implementation, and evaluation in relation to adolescents

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Donna Leff

Professor Emeritus of Journalism

Research Areas: 

  • Science and medical reporting 
  • Investigative reporting
  • Urban issues

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Benjamin Page

Gordon Scott Fulcher Professor of Decision Making Emeritus

Research Areas: 

  • American political development
  • Comparative historical analysis
  • Public opinion
  • Political communication
  • Political participation

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Wesley G. Skogan

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Research Areas:

  • Police organization and innovation
  • Community policing
  • Impact of crime on communities and families
  • Community-based public security
  • Immigration, crime, and homeland security

DEPARTMENT BIO

Burton Weisbrod

Cardiss Collins Professor of Economics Emeritus

Research Areas:

  • Performance Measurement in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors

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