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A Message from the Director

David Barker
David C. Barker, Ph.D.
ISR Director and Professor of Government
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The Institute for Social Research is far more than just the work we do or the number of projects we complete; rather, it is a mosaic of those who work for the ISR in various capacities, illuminated against the academic values provided by our College, the California State University, Sacramento, and the California State University system.


We continue to strive to be a bridge between the creation of knowledge in the academic world and the application of that knowledge to improve the human condition in the broader community. Grounded in a focus on applied social research, we seek to provide a home where students can develop state of the art research skills, faculty can find assistance for their research ideas and efforts, and agencies and organizations can locate expertise to help them better understand important social issues and to evaluate programs designed to address them.


I urge you to spend a little more time while you’re here to visit with us electronically. Meet our faculty, staff, faculty fellows and graduate research assistants; take a look at the services we offer that might be of use to you or your organization; and then see the research reports and databases that might provide you with useful information in an area of interest.


Thank you for allowing us to share the ISR with you. Please contact us with your comments and thoughts, or if we can be of any service to you.


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David C. Barker, Ph.D.
ISR Director and Professor of Government