About our Center

The Weidenbaum Center is a research institute at Washington University in St. Louis that supports social scientific research in the fields of public policy, economics, political science, and sociology. Led by Weidenbaum Center Director Andrew Reeves (pictured), the Center funds faculty research, provides administrative support for research activities, and sponsors a wide range of public affairs programs. In doing so, the Center serves as a bridge between scholars, policymakers, and the general public. Through unbiased empirical research and events, the Center addresses many of the pressing public policy issues facing America and the world today. 

The Weidenbaum Center provides significant research support for faculty in the departments of Economics, Political Science, and Sociology. This support allows a wide array of faculty members to participate in a variety of impactful research, and is of particular importance to our younger faculty who are just starting their research careers. Research efforts contribute to work that addresses key social issues locally, nationally, and globally, and enhances the prominence of Washington University in the academic and policy world. Donations fund our grant programs which support this research. We could not suport nearly as much research without this generosity. 

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Weidenbaum Center Annual Reception

Our Annual Reception was held on April 20. We honored Dr. Jim Schiele and Steven S. Smith (pictured left and right) with the Weidenbaum Center Award for Excellence and welcomed our donors and friends to join us in celebrating the work of the Weidenbaum Center.

George Zimmer Roundtable Discussion

We were honored to welcome George Zimmer, former CEO and founder of The Men's Wearhouse and founder of Generation Tux. Mr. Zimmer participated in a lively roundtable discussion with faculty, students, and alumni led by Weidenbaum Center Director Andrew Reeves. Mr. Zimmer (pictured left) putting on a Weidenbaum Center tie in front of the portrait of Founder Murray Weidenbaum.

"The Weidenbaum Center's generous support of my scholarship in terms of research funds, travel funds, flexibility, and exposure to a large-scale research project were crucial in my success on the academic job market this year. I was able to attend major academic conferences to present my work due to travel funds received from the Weidenbaum Center so other political scientists could learn about my research. Hiring committees also took me more seriously as a scholar due to my being a co-principal investigator on a major, multi-year research project initially funded by the Weidenbaum Center and leading (eventually) to a National Science Foundation grant. The Weidenbaum Center therefore allowed me to show hiring committees the work I have already done and the important work I am current doing with the Center that will continue into the years ahead."

―Wayde MarshCurrent Weidenbaum Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Recipients of Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures (ITF) Grant Awards

Please join us in congratulating our Center-affiliated Faculty Grant Award winners!

Incubator for Transdisciplinary Futures

Andrew Reeves & Matthew Gabel (Political Science), Scott Krumenacher (Environmental Studies), and Elizabeth Korver-Glenn & Michael Esposito (Sociology)

The St. Louis Policy Initiative: Segregation, Public Health and Environmental Policy This initiative brings diverse theoretical and methodological perspectives to study policy in the St. Louis metro region with an emphasis on engaging with the most pressing policy challenges in society today.

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David Carter & Matthew Gabel (Political Science), Jimin Ding (Mathematics & Statistics), and Mark Huffman (School of Medicine)

Trust and Public Health This research focuses on trust as an essential component in the effective implementation of public health measures.

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Andrew Jordan & Christopher Lucas (Political Science), and Soumendra Lahiri (Mathematics & Statistics)

Policy Body Camera Metadata This research focuses on understanding and leveraging the information captured by police body cameras.

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Ian Fillmore (Economics) and Seanna Leath (Psychological & Brain Sciences)

Foster Care System This project will create a database that documents the diversity in foster care systems across states over time, addressing questions on how the characteristics of a foster system affect children.

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Ila Sheren (Art History & Archaeology), Ariela Schachter (Sociology), Tabea Linhard (Global Studies), and Lisa Bulawsky & Jonathan Hanahan (Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts)

Moving Stories This project will develop a small group exhibition that will feature national and local artists who represent stories of migration in their work, and will conduct community workshops to promote dialogue with immigrant communities in St. Louis.

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Ted Enamorado (Political Science), Soumendra Lahiri (Mathematics & Statistics), and Kunal Agrawal (McKelvey School of Engineering)

Improving Data Integration Techniques The project focuses on enabling researchers to integrate information from multiple data sets when no unique identifier that links records across datasets is available.

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We want to congratulate Wayde Marsh, Weidenbaum Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow, who accepted a tenure-track offer from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville as an Assistant Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science. Wayde studies American political parties, polarization, public opinion, and elections and voting behavior, as well as political psychology, politics and religion, and racial and ethnic politics. We wish Wayde all the best in his new position!

Wayde Marsh

Weidenbaum Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow

We want to congratulate Andrea Junqueira, Weidenbaum Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow, who accepted a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Arkansas State University. She will start in the Fall of 2023 and will teach classes on the representation of women and minorities, political behavior, and political methodology, while continuing to further her research. We wish Andrea all the best in her new position!

Andrea Junqueira

Weidenbaum Center Postdoctoral Research Fellow

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