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Welcome to the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences

Our Mission

Founded in 2004 with the broad goal of advancing social science research, the Stanford Institute for Research in the Social Sciences (IRiSS) assures the vitality and competitive advantage of social science research at Stanford, so that faculty and students are equipped to create knowledge that can be used to address critical societal challenges.

At the core of our activity, Stanford IRiSS:

  • Increases the opportunity for exceptional scholarly work on policy-relevant questions
  • Builds and expands the hub of data resources for the social science disciplines at Stanford
  • Promotes awareness of the impact of social science research

Data Driven Discovery for the Social Sciences

Democracy, poverty and inequality, philanthropy, immigration, and computational methods for big data are the current foci of the Institute’s five research centers.  This work includes directing the NSF-sponsored American National Elections Study (shared with Michigan University) and a branch of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Research Data Center.