Biographical Sketches of Panel Members
Robert M. Groves (Chair, he/him) is executive vice president and provost of Georgetown University, where he is also the Gerard J. Campbell professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics as well as a professor in the Department of Sociology. Before joining Georgetown as provost, he served as director of the U.S. Census Bureau, appointed by President Barack Obama. Previously, he was director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center and research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. He also served as associate director for research and methodology for the U.S. Census Bureau. His research focuses on the effects of the mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the social and political influences on survey participation, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and how public privacy concerns affect attitudes toward statistical agencies. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine. He has been chair of the National Academies’ Committee on National Statistics (CNSTAT), served as a member of CNSTAT and as a member of Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education as well as on numerous National Academies’ boards, panels, and committees, including chair of the Panel on Improving Federal Statistics for Policy and Social Science Research Using Multiple Data Sources and State-of-the-Art Estimation Methods. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has an A.B. in sociology from Dartmouth College and an M.A. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.
danah boyd (she/her) is a partner researcher at Microsoft Research, the founder of the research institute Data & Society, and a visiting professor at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program. Her research blends science and technology studies, sociology, and computer science to examine how society shapes and is shaped by sociotechnical systems, with an eye on how inequity and societal values manifest in algorithmic and data-oriented systems. She is the author of It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens and Participatory Culture in a Networked Era. She is the chairperson of the board of Crisis Text Line, a director of Crisis Text Line, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She has received numerous awards, including the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s Pioneer/Barlow Award, the American Sociological Association’s Communication and Information Technology Public Sociology Award, MIT Tech Review’s TR35, and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She holds a B.S. in computer science from Brown University, an M.A. in media arts from the MIT Media Lab, and a Ph.D. from the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley.
Anne C. Case (she/her) is the Alexander Stewart 1886 professor of economics and public affairs emerita at Princeton University. She is also the director of the Research Program in Development Studies at Princeton. Her current research examines the relationship between economic status and health status over the life course in developed and developing countries. Her research on midlife morbidity and mortality is summarized in her book Deaths of Despair and the Future of Capitalism. She is a current member of the National Academies’ Committee on National Statistics and previously served on the Committee on Population (CPOP) in the Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education. She served on the National Institutes of Health’s National Research Advisory Council, Child Health and Human Development, and the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science. She is an elected member of the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, and the National Academy of Medicine. She has a B.S. from the State University of New York, Albany, an M.P.A. from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.
Janet Currie (she/her) is the Henry Putnam professor of economics and public affairs at Princeton University and director of Princeton’s Center for Health and Wellbeing. Her research focuses on the impact of government policies and poverty on the health and well-being of children over their life cycles. She has written about early intervention programs and expansions of the Medicaid program, public housing, and food and nutrition programs. Her current research focuses on socioeconomic differences in child
health and environmental threats to children’s health. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She currently serves on the National Academies’ Committee on National Statistics and previously on the Board on Children, Youth, and Families and the Committee on Population. She has served on several National Academies’ ad hoc committees on the promotion of the well-being of children and families. She is currently on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science magazine and the editorial board of the Quarterly Journal of Economics. She has been elected to membership positions in numerous professional associations, including a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, and a fellow of the Econometric Society. She served as both president and vice president of the Society of Labor Economists, and as vice president of the American Economic Association. She has a B.A. and M.A. in economics from the University of Toronto and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Erica L. Groshen (she/her) is a senior labor economics advisor at Cornell University-ILR, a research fellow at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, and a member of the Federal Economic Statistics Advisory Council. She served as 14th Commissioner of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the principal federal agency responsible for measuring labor market activity, working conditions, and inflation. Before that, she was vice president of the Research and Statistics Group of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research centers on employers’ roles in labor market outcomes. She co-edited Improving Employment and Earnings in Twenty-First Century Labor Markets, co-authored How New Is the “New Employment Contract”? and co-edited Structural Changes in U.S. Labor Markets: Causes and Consequences. She is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on National Statistics. Groshen received the Susan C. Eaton Outstanding Scholar-Practitioner Award from the Labor and Employment Relations Association and was appointed a fellow of the American Statistical Association. She holds a B.S. in mathematics and economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.
Margaret C. Levenstein (she/her) is the director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan, a professor at the School of Information, a research professor at the Institute for Social Research, and an adjunct professor of business economics and public policy at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Levenstein first joined ICPSR’s Survey Research Center as executive director of the Michigan Census Research Data Center, a joint project with the U.S. Census Bureau. She has taken an active role at ICPSR, joining the Director’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, serving as chair of
ICPSR’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic planning committee, and serving as the liaison to the larger university program. Levenstein’s research and teaching interests include industrial organization, competition policy, business history, data confidentiality protection, and the improvement of economic statistics. She is associate chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Women in the Economics Profession and past president of the Business History Conference. Levenstein has a B.A. from Barnard College, Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University.
Ted McCann (he/him) is vice president for programs and policies at the American Idea Foundation, where he engages third-party organizations to ensure that evidence is fully utilized in the federal policy-making process. He was previously on staff to the U.S. Congress as a senior advisor to the Speaker of the House, staff director of the House Ways and Means Social Security Subcommittee, and an analyst with the House Budget Committee. He negotiated and drove the passage of dozens of pieces of legislation, including passage of the Evidence Act, the first Federal Communications Commission reauthorization bill in over two decades, criminal justice reform, and improvements to the Social Security Administration’s finances. He developed a strategy for the most extensive use of the Congressional Review Act in history and helped spearhead former speaker Paul Ryan’s Better Way agenda and the Roadmap for America’s Future. In addition to studying at the Naval War College, he holds a B.A. in foreign affairs and economics from Miami University.
C. Matthew Snipp (he/him) is Burnet C. and Milfred Finley Wohlford professor of sociology at Stanford University, where he currently serves as director of the Secure Data Center, deputy director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, and chair of the Native American Studies program. He has written extensively on American Indians, focusing specifically on the interaction of American Indians and the U.S. census. He is a member of the National Academies’ Committee on National Statistics. Previously, he served as a member of the Panel to Review the 2010 Census, the Panel on Residence Rules in the Decennial Census, the Panel on the Research on Future Census Methods, and as co-chair of the Steering Committee for a Workshop on Developing a New National Survey on Social Mobility. He has also served on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Technical Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Statistics and the Native American Population Advisory Committee. He is the former director of the Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity. Before moving to Stanford, he was associate professor and professor of rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he held affiliate appointments with several other units, and assistant
and associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland. He has an M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Patricia Solís (she/her) is executive director of the Knowledge Exchange for Resilience and an associate research professor of geography in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, both at Arizona State University (ASU). The Knowledge Exchange for Resilience is a campus-wide effort to link multisector community needs with research innovations in building community resilience. Her research focuses on applications of open geospatial technologies to address socially relevant challenges, from water resource conflict to climate change-induced hazards to broadening participation in higher education. Solís is co-founder and director of YouthMappers, a consortium of student-led chapters on more than 208 university campuses in 48 countries, which create and use open spatial data for humanitarian and development needs in collaboration with the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to joining ASU, she was co-director of the Center for Geospatial Technology at Texas Tech University and deputy director and director of research at the American Association of Geographers. She was awarded Ronald F. Abler Distinguished Service Honors from the American Association of Geographers. Solís received a B.S. in physics, a B.A. in German, and an M.A. in geography from Kansas State University. She holds a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Iowa.
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