Scholar Spotlight: Barbara Risman and Christine Percheski
- Democracy & Governance
SSN is committed to advancing the use of research wherever policy decisions are made. This week’s scholar spotlight shines on two distinguished researchers helping to further that mission: Barbara Risman (Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago) and Christine Percheski (Associate Professor of Sociology and Institute for Policy Research Faculty Fellow, Northwestern University). Barbara and Christine are chapter co-leaders for Chicagoland SSN, which recently worked with six candidates - among them newly elected mayor Lori Lightfoot - in Chicago’s mayoral election. The chapter shared evidence-based policy information, including four policy briefs on topics important to city governance, and offered connections to experts on issues like public transportation and education reform. For more from Barbara and Christine, check out their new OpEd for The Fulcrum on why research and evidence are vital to smart policymaking.