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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Unwinding podcast features Center for the Study of Injustice director Hannah Britton

Episode 5 of Unwinding features Hannah Britton, professor of political science and women, gender & sexuality studies and director of the Center for the Study of Injustice at IPSR. Meet Britton, and learn about how she incorporates hands-on, qualitative research methods in her classes, the invaluable contributions of her students, KU's unique position in advancing human trafficking research, and her ongoing work with the Anti-Slavery and Human Trafficking Initiative to understand and address the root casues of exploitation that affects communities from the Global South to the Midwest. Read more and listen to the episode at the link below.

Donna Ginther to lead Institute for Policy & Social Research

IPSR has announced that Donna Ginther will serve as its interim director starting in June. Ginther is a Dean's Professor of Economics and director of the Center for Science, Technology & Economic Policy. Steven Maynard-Moody, professor in the School of Public Affairs & Administration, will step down from his position as IPSR's longtime director at the end of May and will continue on at KU as a faculty member. Read more about IPSR and this leadership transition at the link below.

Symposium will explore 'Manpower and Morale' following the 1968 Tet Offensive

A University of Kansas symposium is bringing together scholars of the U.S. war in Vietnam – including some who are Vietnam veterans – to discuss what followed the 1968 Tet Offensive. "Manpower & Morale after Tet" will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Adams Alumni Center on the Lawrence campus. Registration is recommended for anyone attending and is necessary to reserve a free meal at lunch. Read more about this symposium at the link below.

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Research Spotlight

Wally Meyer and Genna Hurd’s project, funded through the Economic Development Administration and matching resources from KU donors and time commitments by faculty and program staff, focuses on economic development in Kansas. This grant is a collaboration between the KU Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Policy and Social Research. Working cooperatively with other Regents universities and regional programs, their work will protect jobs, introduce new ventures, grow existing businesses, and provide a superior experiential education for KU students by leveraging student-staffed programs. For more information about the award, visit:

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

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

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