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The Institute for Policy & Social Research brings together social scientists from a broad range of disciplines to pursue and conduct sponsored research at the international, national, regional, state, and local levels. IPSR affiliated faculty represent disciplines such as economics, education, environmental studies, geography, political science, public administration, social welfare, sociology, and urban planning.

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Announcing the 2016-17 Doctoral Research Fellows

IPSR is excited to announce the next cohort of participants in our Doctoral Research Fellows Program! Congratulations to Ryan Daugherty (Political Science), Jean Eichhorst (Geography and Atmospheric Science), Andrea Gómez Cervantes (Sociology), Tamara Handy (Special Education), Natalie Hoskins (Communication Studies), Young-Shin (Angela) Park (School of Public Affairs & Administration), Marcy Quiason (Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and Carlos Zambrana (Economics), who will begin the program this fall. The Doctoral Research Fellows Program helps to develop the next generation of interdisciplinary social science scholars by providing training and support. Fellows will meet approximately twice each month throughout the academic year to discuss research progress, gain skills in interdisciplinary research methods, and share experiences and knowledge.

KU study finds race, not gender, is key factor in NIH awards

Race, not gender, appears to be the most significant factor influencing the award of a National Institutes of Health Research Project Grant, according to a new study led by a University of Kansas economist."In most cases, NIH funds are the gateway to having tenure and becoming a full-fledged member of an academic faculty," said Donna Ginther, professor of economics and the study's lead author. "Understanding who gets grants in order to promote a more diversity of the student body at colleges and universities." Read the full press release at the link below.

Study: Early mandatory schooling laws didn't influence intergenerational mobility

Expansion of mandatory schooling laws by U.S. states in the late 1800s and early 1900s did not increase levels of intergenerational mobility, according to a new study by a University of Kansas researcher. While the number of people receiving an education increased, schools likely were not prepared or adequately funded and the quality of instruction they provided suffered, said Emily Rauscher, assistant professor of sociology, who conducted the study that appeared recently the American Journal of Sociology.

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Kansas Statistical Abstract 2014   
The 49th 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

2016 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Save the date! More information will be post on the conference site as it is available.

Recent Events

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Symposium on the All-Volunteer Force

April 28, 2016

When the United States ended the draft and moved to an all-volunteer military in 1973, most political and military leaders assumed that if the United States again fought a major, long-lasting war the nation would reactivate the draft. But that didn’t happen: the U.S. fought the long and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with an all-volunteer force (AVF), even as service members were deployed for three and even four tours of duty. It is now the right time, in the wake of these wars, to evaluate the AVF. How well has it worked? Will it work in the future?

On Thursday, April 28, 2016, the Center for the Study of the U.S. Military will welcome military and policy experts to a day-long symposium on the United States Military and the All-Volunteer Force.

Please visit the conference site for the agenda, registration, and location information.

Race & Immigration: Critical Perspectives and Future Directions
April 7-8, 2016

The inaugural Symposium of the KU Center for Migration Research seeks to critically examine the continued significance of race in immigration across time and place. A historical-comparative perspective will guide conversations on past and current intersections of immigration and race and on directions for future scholarship.

Please visit the conference site for details.

Recent Publications

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.

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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