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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IPSR-affiliated students awarded prestigious graduate fellowships

Congratulations to D'Arlyn Bell and Natasha Chenot, who were both offered the Graduate Research Fellowship by the National Science Foundation! This fellowship provides three years of support for students who "have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM and STEM education." Bell will explore "Non-Profit Social Service Political Organizing" in the School of Public Affairs & Administration at KU. Chenot will explore "Wetlands and Suburbanization: Effects on Hydrology, Water Quality, and Vegetation Dynamics" in the Department of Geography. View the full list of honorees at the link below.

Colloquium will put Greenland archaeology in focus

Climate change in Greenland and how it poses a threat to archaeological heritage will be explored in an upcoming presentation by Hans Harmsen, archaeologist and curator of the Greenland National Museum & Archives. Harmsen will present "Vanishing Histories: Greenland, Climate Change & the Threat to Archaeological Heritage" at 4 pm April 17 in 317 Lindley Hall. A meet and greet will precede the colloquium at 3:30 pm in 205 Lindley Hall. Are all welcome to the events.

Research to intervention: KU study on college responses to sexual assault is being put to use

When it comes to responding to reports of sexual assault, response teams on college campuses face a set of barriers that prevent their work from being as effective as similar programs run by cities and counties, according to a University of Kansas study. But this revelation is allowing the group of KU researchers who conducted the study to help some Midwest colleges and universities do a better job by creating individualized sexual assault response protocols, said Alesha Doan, a KU associate professor and member of the research group. Read more of this piece from Dylan Lysen for the Lawrence Journal-World, and learn more about this study, the Heartland Sexual Assault Policies and Prevention on Campuses Project at the links 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

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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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