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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…

Ellen "Nell" Compernolle. Photo by Eva Menezes/ISR.

Nell Compernolle: How international job migration affects what it means to be a family

March 20th, 2014

Nell Compernolle, winner of a Marshall Weinberg Population, Development, and Climate Change award, is studying how international job migration from Nepal is affecting marriages, household dynamics, and the environment. By Susan Rosegrant Nell Compernolle’s interest in gender, family dynamics, and…


Rachel Levenstein: A real world impact with the Five Essentials

November 21st, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant November 21, 2013 When Rachel Levenstein was completing her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (PSM) in 2010, most of her classmates were headed to faculty positions or large social science research organizations.…

UMMA-PSM survey respondent

An unexpected alliance of art and social science

September 13th, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant September 13, 2013 Universities foster odd bedfellows. The University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA) wanted to do a survey of visitors to one of its major exhibitions. The Program in Survey Methodology (PSM) at the university’s…


Sarah Seelye: An unexpected path to studying Detroit’s population loss

July 25th, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant July 2013 Sarah Seelye is the winner of the 2013-2014 PSC Alumni Graduate Student Support Fund.     As a 15 year old, Sarah Seelye, now a doctoral candidate in sociology at the University of Michigan, was so…

Rachael Pierotti

Rachael Pierotti: Understanding ideas that lead to inequality

June 24th, 2013

By Susan Rosegrant June 2013 Rachael Pierotti is the winner of the 2011-2012 Marshall Weinberg Research Fellowship. Rachael Pierotti got a lot of experience managing projects in Africa during the five years she worked at Chemonics International, a large contractor…

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