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.

What's New

KU researcher wins grant to study link between school funding, achievement gap

University of Kansas researcher, Emily Rauscher, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has received a grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to look at the relationship between school funding and academic achievement gaps by socioeconomic status. The study will identify types of funding or contexts in which funding might hold the most potential to improve socioeconomic equality of educational achievement. Armed with a more complete understanding of when funding matters, policymakers will be better equipped to fight the chronic inequality that haunts our educational system and society. The research seeks to understand and counteract intergenerational inequality. Read more in the KU press release below.
Link(s): http://news.ku.edu/2017/04/25/ku-researcher-wins-grant-study-link-between-school-funding-achievement-gap

Andrea Gomez Cervantes, Sociology Doctoral Student, awarded NSF Dissertation Funding

Andrea Gomez Cervantes received a dissertation award from the National Science Foundation for doctoral students in Sociology. Gomez Cervantes' project examines the challenges that mixed-status families (those with a variety of legal statuses in the same family, such as undocumented, semi-legal or citizens) face in Kansas. She will conduct a qualitative study of sixty in-depth interviews with indigenous (Mixteco and Tlapaneco) and non-indigenous Latino mixed-status family members in Kansas. Her advisor, Cecilia Menjívar Chavez, serves as PI. Dr. Menjívar Chavez is Co-Director of the Center for Migration Research at IPSR. IPSR provided research and grant development assistance and will administer the award. See link below for more information.
Link(s): https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1702837&HistoricalAwards=false

Jacob Lipsman, Sociology Doctoral Student, receives NSF Dissertation Funding

Jacob Lipsman will receive dissertation funding from the National Science Foundation for doctoral students in Sociology. His project focuses on the central questions of how residents in southeast Louisiana interpret the relationship between environmental security and economic prosperity in their community, and how the negotiation of these two social priorities plays out in local political processes. The project will analyze the role of climate change attitudes in these political processes, examining how climate change is interpreted in this community that exhibits high levels of environmental awareness at the same time as high levels of climate change denial. His advisor, Eric Hanley, serves at PI. IPSR provided research and grant development assistance and will administer the award. More information available at link below.
Link(s): https://nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1703120&HistoricalAwards=false

Please visit IPSR's News page for more.

Kansas Statistical Abstract 2015   
The 50th 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:

Research Spotlight

Heartland Sexual Assault Policies and Prevention on Campuses Project
Heartland Sexual Assault Policies and Prevention on Campuses Project

The Heartland Sexual Assault Policies & Prevention on Campuses Project’s (Heartland Project) primary goal is to increase post-secondary schools’ adoption of a comprehensive, gender-centered public health approach to sexual assault campus policy and prevention. The Heartland Project uses a regionally focused and public health framework approach, designed to build and strengthen institutional level capacity and momentum to strategically change, prevent, and respond to sexual assault at post-secondary schools in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. The Heartland Project will also utilize a strengths-based approach in all aspects of the work. Policy analysis and assessment using a strengths-based approach will value what the schools have as resources and capabilities, and harness those to create change. Read More


Recent Events

2016 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Visit the conference site for registration and agenda.

2016 GIS Day @ KU
November 16, 2016


GIS Day 2016 @ 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, please register online at: http://gis.ku.edu/gisday/2016/

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.


IPSR events
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
26 prestigious Rhodes Scholars — more than all other Kansas colleges combined
Nearly $290 million in financial aid annually
46 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times
IPSR is a Green Office