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Eric Seymour, Photo by Michael McIntyre/ISR.

Lost in the system: How the deck has been stacked against foreclosed houses in Detroit

February 3rd, 2016

Eric Seymour, the 2015 Robert Kahn Fellow for the Scientific Study of Social Issues, is examining how private lenders and federal entities handled the recent rash of foreclosed properties in Detroit, and what this suggests for the future. Large numbers…

Logan Casey

LGBT Politics and the Impact of Disgust

January 12th, 2016

Logan Casey is using funding from the Garth Taylor Dissertation Fellowship in Public Opinion to examine how emotions spurred by LGBT issues and people affect policy support. The recent resounding failure of a nondiscrimination ordinance meant to protect LGBT workers…

Feiya Shao with her dogs in a forest.

Health shocks and retirement: The impact of the unexpected

October 14th, 2015

Feiya Shao, winner of the 2015 George Katona Economic Behavior Research Award, is examining the impact of sudden health downturns on retirement. Health is a central factor in many people’s decisions about when to retire. Chances are we all know…

Andy Zack Square

Crunching Numbers for a Cause

August 10th, 2015

Andy Zack cares deeply about progressive politics. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2009 with a degree in political science, he worked for Habitat for Humanity; the Obama for America organization in Oakland, Calif.; and an effort to defeat Proposition…

Kristen Cibelli Hibben, photo courtesy of the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology.

Nothing but the truth: Helping survey participants give good responses

May 26th, 2015

Kristen Cibelli Hibben, a 2014 winner of the Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology, is studying how the right prompts in a web survey can get responders to provide more complete and accurate answers. Kristen Cibelli Hibben was just out…

Photo courtesy of James Erbaugh

Logging and conservation: Two sides of the same coin

April 22nd, 2015

James Erbaugh, winner of the Robert and Judy Marans & Kan and Lillian Chen Fellowship in Sustainability & Survey Methodology, is investigating how national programs to regulate forest production and conservation in Indonesia are playing out at the local level.…

Kristyn Karl

The punch of political ads: Their impact depends on how much you already care about politics

October 30th, 2014

Kristyn Karl, winner of the first Garth Taylor Dissertation Fellowship, is studying the effect of political ads on both expert and uninformed viewers. Kristyn Karl grew up with a strong sense of service. The daughter of working class parents who…

Suntae Kim

It isn’t all about the money: A fresh look at corporate capitalism

October 30th, 2014

Suntae Kim, winner of a Robert L. Kahn Fellowship for the Scientific Study of Social Issues, is comparing the origins and underlying principles of investor-backed startups with more community-oriented companies. Back in 2001, it wasn’t unusual for Suntae Kim, then…

George Smith, Photo by Eva Menezes/ISR

George Smith: Understanding how to bring out the best in disadvantaged students

June 11th, 2014

George Smith, winner of the 2013 Daniel Katz Dissertation Fellowship in Psychology and Survey Methodology, found that how middle school students perceive difficulty can be the difference between success and failure. When George Smith was an undergraduate at the University…

Chris Antoun

Smart phones and surveys: A beautiful partnership?

April 10th, 2014

Chris Antoun, winner of the 2013 James N. Morgan Fund for New Directions in Analysis of Complex Interactions, is studying the potential impacts of completing surveys on smart phones. They’re familiar sights. A man walking down the street, a woman…

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