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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
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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Edith Chen

Edith Chen

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Chair and Professor of Psychology
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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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
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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 (on leave, 2019-20)

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

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

Thomas McDade

Carlos Montezuma Professor of Anthropology
Director of Cells to Society (C2S): The Center on Social Disparities and Health at the Institute for Policy Research; IPR Fellow

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
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Rachel Davis Mersey

Rachel Davis Mersey

Professor of Journalism | Chair of IPR's Program on Politics, Institutions, and Public Policy
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • News audiences
  • Digital and mobile media
  • Information and democracy
  • Virtual and augmented reality storytelling
  • Fake news and echo chambers
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Greg Miller

Greg Miller

Louis W. Menk Professor of Psychology
IPR Fellow (on leave, 2019-20)

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Health consequences of poverty in children
  • Stress-related changes in immune system functions
  • Asthma, cardiometabolic disease, and perinatal outcomes
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Robin Nusslock

Robin Nusslock

Associate Professor of Psychology
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Neuroscience
  • Emotion
  • Mental health, depression, and stress
  • Inflammation
  • Poverty
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Andrew V. Papachristos

Andrew V. Papachristos

Professor of Sociology
IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • The diffusion of crime and violence in social networks and urban neighborhoods
  • Gun violence and gun violence prevention
  • Street gangs
  • Neighborhood effects
  • Urban poverty and inequality
  • Policing and police reform in the United States
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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
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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
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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
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Burton Weisbrod

Burton Weisbrod

Cardiss Collins Professor of Economics
Chair of IPR’s Program on Performance Measurement and Rewards; IPR Fellow

Research Areas:

Research Topics:

  • Defining, measuring, and rewarding “performance” in the public and nonprofit sectors
  • Theory and measurement of economic behavior by for-profit, public, and nonprofit organizations
  • Economics of higher education and health/medical care
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We have more than 100 faculty associates and adjuncts, who are listed below with links to their biographical pages in their respective departments and schools.

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
Joe Feinglass

Joe Feinglass

Department: General Internal Medicine/Preventive Medicine
Claudia Haase

Claudia Haase

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

Kristen Knutson

Department: Neurology and Preventive Medicine
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy
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
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy
Mary Pattillo

Mary Pattillo

Department: Sociology/African American Studies
Poverty, Race and Inequality
Politics, Institutions and Public Policy
Edward (Ned) Smith

Edward (Ned) Smith

Department: Management and Organizations
Teresa Eckrich Sommer

Teresa Eckrich Sommer

Department: Research Associate Professor
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. Read about our visiting scholar and her focus areas below.

Tamara McGavock

Visiting Scholar, 2019-2020

IPR Sponsor: Diane Whitmore Schanzenbach

Research Areas:

  • Development economics
  • Economics of gender and the family
  • Microeconomic theory

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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.

Thomas D. Cook

Professor Emeritus of Sociology and IPR Fellow Emeritus

Research Areas: 

  • Law and social sciences
  • Criminal law
  • Legal profession

John Heinz

Owen L. Coon Professor Emeritus of Law

Research Areas: 

  • Law and social sciences
  • Criminal law
  • Legal profession

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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

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