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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Byeongdon Oh, Sociology Doctoral Student, awarded NSF Dissertation Funding

Byeongdon Oh received a dissertation award from the National Science Foundations for doctoral students in Sociology. Oh's project aims to explain why the socioeconomic association between parents and children declines over children's schooling levels up to the baccalaureate level and reemerges at the post-baccalaureate level. His research will uncover three mechanisms of the U-shaped pattern in intergenerational association using datasets from the National Survey of College Graduates. His advisor, ChangHwan Kim, serves as PI. IPSR provided research and grant development assistance and will administer the award. See link below for more information.
Link(s): https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1801820&HistoricalAwards=false

Pulitzer-winning journalist to give keynote at security conference on crime-terrorism nexus

An award-winning Washington Post reporter who has covered the Pentagon and national security developments, intelligence agencies, Russian disinformation issues and treatment of veterans will give a keynote address as part of a security conference at the University of Kansas. The annual event will bring together scholars and practitioners for the Crime-Terror Intersections and Intelligence-Led Responses conference, set for 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 19 in the Big 12 Room of the Kansas Union.
Link(s): https://news.ku.edu/2018/03/27/pulitzer-winning-journalist-give-keynote-security-conference-crime-terrorism-nexus

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.
File(s): http://ipsr.ku.edu/new/AboutLAS792Summer2018.pdf

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Research Spotlight

Ward Lyles’ current project studies local decision-making aimed at mitigating natural hazards and damages due to disasters, such as flooding and hurricanes. The increasing number of major disasters in recent decades makes conversations important surrounding the development of communities locally and how these decisions can have implications at the state and national level. Part of his research portfolio focuses on cultivating compassion in urban planning. To understand how to increase compassion and sustainability in reducing hazard risks requires closer attention to decision-making at the local level alongside studies of federal and state policy interventions and technical solutions.

The program will promote classroom teaching, online learning, informal learning and personal growth through opportunities such as conferences, seminars and in-person training. These activities will build a future generation of hazard mitigation advocates from across disciplines. 

For more information about the award visit: https://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1751696&HistoricalAwards=false

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 http://ipsr.ku.edu/ksdata/ksah/.

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:

Recent Events

The Crime-Terror Intersections and Intelligence-Led Responses

April 19, 2018
Kansas Union

Video recordings of each session are now available here.

2017 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Visit the conference site for more information.

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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