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Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society

Director: Norman H. Nie

Center Offices: 417 Galvez Mall, Encina Hall West, first floor

Mail Code: 94305-6048

Phone: (650) 723-7242

Web Site:

Founded in 1998, the Stanford Institute for the Quantitative Study of Society (SIQSS) is a multidisciplinary research institute affiliated with Stanford University's Office of Research and Graduate Policy. The Institute is devoted to producing and sponsoring high-quality empirical social science research about the nature of society and social change.

The central mission of SIQSS is to provide social knowledge for the larger society and to develop the empirical social sciences as a primary tool for understanding social reality. SIQSS seeks to fulfill this mission by undertaking large-scale, socially relevant, theoretically important, and methodologically sound social research. Examples of projects under way include unintended consequences of information and technology in society; education and its social outcomes; conducting the 2000 census under adversity; and an online scholarly journal, IT & Society at

Scholars participating in SIQSS research programs and activities are drawn from diverse disciplines throughout Stanford University and from other academic institutions. SIQSS currently supports quantitative research through the following: long-term institute-initiated research programs, Stanford faculty research grants and student research assistantships, Stanford faculty fellows, interdisciplinary seminars, and the American Empirical Series.

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