The Institute for Policy & Social Research is a faculty-driven research center supporting social scientists who focus on social problems and policy-relevant questions. IPSR fosters independent researchers and collaborative teams within our network of faculty affiliates and seven interdisciplinary research centers.

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LAS792 - Managing Research Data in the Social Sciences

This course is designed to teach the skills necessary to read, reorganize, transform, display, clean, harmonize, archive, and export simple or complex data. The primary tool used in the class is the SAS system. Structured Query Language (SQL) receives strong emphasis. We will also discuss features of R and Python that give them advantages for some tasks over platforms like SPSS, Stata and SAS. Documentation of the research process and outputs using structured metadata also receives significant attention.

Drug trafficking can support terrorist activity, but not in ways most believe

Drug trafficking does help facilitate terrorist activity, but it is more often linked to local militant groups instead of well-known international terrorist organizations, according to a new study that includes a University of Kansas political science researcher. To find out more information about Mariya Omelicheva's project visit the IPSR Research Spotlight.

Prestigious NSF grant to help study compassion, local decisions in disaster planning

A University of Kansas urban planning researcher has received a prestigious National Science Foundation grant to study local decision-making aimed at mitigating natural hazards and damages due to disasters, such as flooding and hurricanes.

Please visit IPSR's News page for more.

Research Spotlight

The Program on the Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus is the data and analysis project dedicated to the exploration and examination of the interface of drug trafficking, human trafficking and terrorism in Eurasia and assessment of the Eurasian states’ vulnerabilities to these crimes. The analysis of terrorism/trafficking connections applies GIS-enabled tools and methods of spatial econometrics to map and model terrorist-criminal connections, and assess the impact of geospatial and socio-political variables on trafficking and terrorism. The assessment of national and international capabilities to respond to the threats of trafficking and terrorism involves rigorous case study analysis of nine hotspots in Eurasia and interviews with representatives of U.S. missions, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and International Organization for Migration.

For more information about the data, research, and to see visualizations visit: The Program is directed by Prof. Mariya Y. Omelicheva and is presently supported by the Minerva Initiative grant.

Kansas Statistical Abstract 2015   
The 51st Edition of the Kansas Statistical Abstract is now available! The abstract is available EXCLUSIVELY online as a PDF file with individual pages available in Microsoft Excel and PDF. For more information and access to the data, please visit

The Kansas Statistical Abstract was featured in a radio spot on the Jayhawk Radio Network, tune in or click the button below to play the clip now:

Upcoming Events

The Crime-Terror Intersections and Intelligence-Led Responses

April 19, 2018
Kansas Union

Conference information and registration available here.

Recent Events

2017 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Visit the conference site for more information.

2017 GIS Day @ KU
November 15, 2017

GIS Day 2017 @ KU

GIS Day is a nationwide event to promote awareness and appreciation of geographic information system (GIS) science. Please join us in exploring how GIS is changing the way we interact with and learn from information about the world around us. This event is free and open to the public. Videos from the 2017 event are now available at:

Recent Publications

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Charles Epp and Donald Haider-Markel,“Beyond Profiling: The Institutional Sources of Racial Disparities in Policing,” Public Administration Review (forthcoming).

Maynard-Moody, Steven, “Punishing the Poor.” Book review essay, Social Service Review, vol. 90, no. 4 (Dec 2016).

Maynard-Moody, Steven with Michael Musheno, “'Playing the Rules’: Discretion Social and Policy Context”. In Peter Hupe, Michael Hill, and Aurélien Buffat, eds., Understanding Street-Level Bureaucrats (Bristol, UK: The Policy Press, 2016).

Schwarz, Corinne, Erik Unruh, Katie Cronin, Sarah Evans-Simpson, Hannah Britton, and Megha Ramaswamy. “Human Trafficking Identification and Service Provision in the Medical and Social Service Sectors.” 2016. Health and Human Rights Journal 18(1): 181-191.

Ginther, Donna K., Pat Oslund, Genna Hurd, and Xan Wedel. The Status of Women in Kansas and the Bi-State Region, sponsored by The Women's Foundation, February 2016.

Schwarz, Corinne and Hannah Britton. “Queering the Support for Trafficked Persons: LGBTQ Communities and Human Trafficking in the Heartland.” 2015. Social Inclusion 3(1): 63-75.

Weller, Travis and Allison C. Reeve. "Empirical Legal Research Support Services: A Survey of Academic Law Libraries", Law Library Journal, 107:3, 2015

Weller, Travis and Amalia Monroe-Gulick. "Differences in the Data Practices, Challenges, and Future Needs of Graduate Students and Faculty Members", Journal of eScience Librarianship, 4:1, 2015, DOI: 10.7191/jeslib.2015.1070

For other publications please visit our Publications Page.

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