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 six interdisciplinary research centers.

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HERS student studies the environmental impacts of bison and fire on the prairie

Willow Kipp, a participant in the 2018 Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Summer Program, is studying the important role bison and fire play in sustaining the biodiversity of the Blackfeet Reservation's prairie. Her project is titled "Bison, Fire, Nitsitapii: Utilizing Innii (Bison) and Controlled Burns to Maintain Short-Mixed Grass Prairie Biodiversity within the Blackfeet Nation." Kipp presented her research during a poster session at the University Corporation of Atmospheric Research 2018 Conference in Boulder, Colorado over the summer. Read more about this work at the link below.

New book tracks role of religion in Nigerian politics

Ebanezer Obadare, sociology professor and IPSR affiliate, published "Pentecostal Republic: Religion and the Struggle for State Power in Nigeria." Religious divisions have famously plagued Nigeria throughout its history. However, the triumph of a charismatic Christian movement, coming on the heels of the restoration of democracy in the West African country in 1999, has changed the terms of interreligious and political engagement. The power of the ascendant Pentecostal movement is such that a University of Kansas researcher of civil society and politics and religion in Africa suggests the country's Fourth Republic, which is about to mark a 20-year milestone, should be termed the "Pentecostal Republic." Read more about this work at the links below.

Kansas Economic Policy Conference to focus on future of tax policy

The state of Kansas has received national attention in recent years following its 2012 tax cuts, which were eventually reversed. State lawmakers for several years have also grappled with a Kansas Supreme Court decision that has declared unconstitutional funding levels for K-12 education, and on the local level, the number of special taxing districts has increased across the state.

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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. 

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Kansas Statistical Abstract 2017   
The 52nd 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

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Recent Events

2018 Kansas Economic Policy Conference

Thursday, October 25, 2018

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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

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