Salma Nassar

Salma Nassar is the Director of Research Initiatives at the Rustandy Center for Social Sector Innovation at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is responsible for growing and supporting the center’s research agenda. Nassar works closely with Booth faculty and PhD students to develop research projects, manage research partnerships, and lead data collection projects. She holds a Masters of International Development Policy from Georgetown University and an MBA and a bachelor’s degree in business both from DePaul University.

Covid-19 Is Reducing Americans’ Confidence Across Institutions

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How Personal Experiences With Covid-19 Are Changing Americans’ Behaviors and Political Views

While strong divisions persist across party lines, personal experiences with Covid-19, such as loss of income, may affect views and preferences among...

When and How the US Should Reopen Is a Matter of Politics, Trust in Institutions and Media, Survey Says

A new survey from the Rustandy Center and the Poverty Lab at the University of Chicago finds that political party affiliation and...

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