Fay Lomax Cook Honored for 16 Years as Institute for Policy Research Director

Fay Lomax Cook Honored for 16 Years as Institute for Policy Research Director

Fay Cook

SESP professor Fay Lomax Cook has been director of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Northwestern University for 16 years. On May 10 IPR hosted a celebration in honor of Cook, who will turn over the directorship to SESP professor David Figlio in September.

The celebration will be held at the Allen Center beginning at 4:30 p.m. Remarks, refreshments and tributes are planned.

“Fay Cook has led IPR with creativity, wisdom and vision, and I am honored to follow in her footsteps,” says Flglio. “IPR is an extraordinary and vibrant institution committed to producing the highest-quality and most relevant policy research possible.”

The Institute for Policy Research, founded in 1968, is one of the nation’s leading academic social policy research institutes. IPR faculty conduct research at the forefront of a wide range of pressing social questions, including many related to poverty, race, inequality, education reform, and social disparities and health, among others.

This spring Cook is sharing her expertise through speaking engagements in China. She is giving the keynote address at an international conference on Aging and Social Security in Hangzhou, China, on May 21. Her talks is entitled “Social Security in America: Opportunities, Challenges and Public Support.” She is also giving a lecture on social policy at Zhejiang University on May 20 on "Social Policy in the USA: Past, Present and Future."

Cook is a professor in the Human Development and Social Policy doctoral program. She has been president of the Gerontological Society of America; a fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; a visiting scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation; a member of the Expert Panel on Performance Outcome Measurement, U.S. Administration on Aging; a member of the Ford Foundation's research advisory committee on Social Welfare Policy and the American Future; a scientific consultant to the National Institute on Aging; and a member of the North American Program Committee for the International Congress on Gerontology. She is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance.

Her research focuses on the interrelationships between public opinion and public policy, the politics of public policy, how Americans come together to discuss policy issues, and the dynamics of public support for Social Security and other social programs.

She is the author or co-author of many scholarly articles and book chapters as well as five books, including most recently Talking Together: Public Deliberation and Political Participation in America with Lawrence Jacobs and Michael Delli Carpini. She holds a PhD in social welfare policy from the University of Chicago.

By Marilyn Sherman
Last Modified: 7/6/12