Profiles

Arline Geronimus, Sc.D.

Arline Geronimus: dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusivity

November 11th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—For Arline Geronimus, attending Princeton in the 1970s was her first anthropological study. Like many similar institutions, the university was going through great change as it sought to diversify, allowing women to attend for the first time, increasing the…

Maggie Levenstein

New ICPSR Director breaks the mold

November 4th, 2016

ANN ARBOR—While Margaret Levenstein is the first female director at the Institute of Social Research’s (ISR) Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), she is quick to point out — with a laugh — that she’s also the first…

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David Harding: Interrogating the truth of the American Dream

September 29th, 2011

Part of the fun—and challenge—of field research is coping with the odd curve ball. For sociologist David Harding, one episode in particular stands out. It was the summer of 2003, and Harding, then pursuing his doctorate in sociology and social…

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George Alter: History from the bottom up

September 15th, 2011

George Alter doesn’t miss a beat when describing what he was like as a child. He clasps his hands, leans forward, and smiles slightly: “I was a nerdy kid before there were computers to be nerdy with,” he says.

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Nicky Newton: 2011 Libby Douvan Junior Scholar in Life Course Development

June 7th, 2011

Nicky Newton left her home and “a very grounded upbringing” in Christchurch, New Zealand, at 17 to study flute. Years of intense work, including study with the principal flute player of the Vienna Philharmonic, Wolfgang Schulz, eventually landed Newton a…

Jon Miller: Director, CPS International Center for the Advancement of Scientific Literacy

April 6th, 2011

The idea that a majority of voters don’t understand pressing issues like stem cell research and climate change strikes Jon Miller as simply wrong. Miller, a research scientist who joined ISR in August 2010, believes that scientific literacy is fundamental…

John Garcia

John Garcia: Director, ICPSR Resource Center for Minority Data

April 6th, 2011

As spring yard sales pop up where snow piles recently sat, you might notice a barrel-chested man with silvery hair and a quick slanting smile expertly evaluating the items on display. He’ll likely be decisive, but ready to stop if…

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Sasha Killewald: 2010 Marshall Weinberg Research Fellow

April 6th, 2011

Housework—a domestic burden borne disproportionately by women—lies at the heart of many family conflicts. But despite its undeniable impact on family dynamics, housework hasn’t always been regarded as a topic worthy of research. “Everyone does housework, it’s so ordinary, we…

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Rona Carter: 2010 Libby Douvan Junior Scholar in Life Course Development

March 31st, 2011

To help put herself through Florida International University while earning her undergraduate degree in psychology, Rona Carter took a job at the Miami-based PACE Center for Girls, a non-profit school targeting 12- to 18-year-old at-risk girls. Carter was an administrative…