David Lam reappointed as ISR Director through 2021
The U-M Board of Regents has approved Interim Provost Collins recommendation to reappoint David Lam as director of the Institute for Social Research for an additional one-year term, effective July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021. This recommendation follows Professor Lam's availability to continue to provide stable and effective leadership during the interruption to the ISR search caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Professor Lam is a distinguished social scientist and administrator. He is one of the world's leading scholars in economic demography. His research focuses on the interaction of economics and demography in developing countries, including analysis of the economics of population growth, fertility, marriage, and aging. He has worked extensively in Brazil and South Africa, where his research analyzes links between education, labor markets, and income inequality.
During his five-year term as the director of ISR, Professor Lam has given outstanding service to the institute's core missions of research, dissemination, and education. Under his leadership, the institute has maintained its position as a highly competitive awardee for long-standing projects that have anchored its intellectual and methodological culture. Another highlight of Professor Lam's tenure as the director has been ISR's expanded research portfolio, including data science projects and projects integrating social science and bioscience. Professor Lam has a deep commitment to diversity and has enhanced the institute's climate of openness, mutual respect, and pride. New researchers have been recruited at all levels to ensure the vibrancy and generativity of the ISR scholarly culture, including a strong focus on developing a more diverse research community.