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RDC Conference Panelist Biographies

Henry E. Brady

Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy, U.C. Berkeley

Henry E. Brady is Dean of the Goldman School of Public Policy and Class of 1941 Monroe Deutsch Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley.   After graduating from Harvey Mudd College in 1969 with degrees in mathematics and physics, he went on to get a Ph.D. in economics and political science from MIT in 1980. Among his books are Letting the People Decide: Dynamics of a Canadian Election (1992) which won the Harold Innis Award for the best social science book published in Canada; Voice and Equality: Civic Voluntarism in American Politics (1995) which won the Converse Award for making a lasting contribution to public opinion research and the AAPOR award for influential books  stimulating scientific research in public opinion, and Rethinking Social Inquiry (2004) which won the Sartori Award for best book on qualitative methods.  His most recent book is The Unheavenly Chorus: Unequal Political Voice and the Broken Promise of American Democracy (2012).  He is a past president of the American Political Science Association and an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Political Methodology Society.  He received the Career Achievement Award of the Political Methodology Society in 2012.

Mark R. Cullen M.D.

Director, Stanford Center for Population Health Sciences

Prior to his recruitment to Stanford as chief of the division of general medical disciplines in May, 2009, Dr. Cullen was a professor of medicine and public health and director of the Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program (OEM) at Yale University School of Medicine.  He received his BA from Harvard College in 1971 and his MD from Yale University School of Medicine in 1976.  Dr. Cullen completed his residency in internal medicine at Yale and trained in clinical epidemiology before joining the faculty there as an assistant professor in 1980. Read more


Daniel L. Goroff

Vice President and Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Daniel L. Goroff is a Program Director at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation who is especially interested in economics, finance, mathematics, the scientific and technical work force, and education.  He is also Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Economics at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, where he previously served as Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty. 

Goroff earned his B.A.-M.A. degree in mathematics summa cum laude at Harvard as a Borden Scholar, an M.Phil. in economics at Cambridge University as a Churchill Scholar, a Masters in mathematical finance at Boston University, and a Ph.D. in mathematics at Princeton University as a Danforth Fellow. His first faculty appointment was at Harvard University in 1983. During over two decades there, he rose to the rank of Professor of the Practice of Mathematics while also serving as Associate Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and as a Resident Tutor at Leverett House. 

Erica Groshen

Commissioner, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Erica L. Groshen became the 14th Commissioner of Labor Statistics in January 2013. Prior to joining BLS, Dr. Groshen was a Vice President in the Research and Statistics Group at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her research has focused on labor markets over the business cycle, regional economics, wage rigidity and dispersion, the male-female wage differential, and the role of employers in labor market outcomes. She also served on advisory boards for BLS and the U.S. Census Bureau.

Before joining the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in 1994, Dr. Groshen was a visiting assistant professor of economics at Barnard College at Columbia University and an economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. She was a visiting economist at the Bank for International Settlements in Basel, Switzerland, in 1999–2000. Dr. Groshen earned a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Kenneth Prewitt

Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs, Columbia University

Kenneth Prewitt is the Carnegie Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Future of Scholarly Knowledge Project at Columbia University. He taught political science at the University of Chicago from 1965-1982, and for shorter stints was on the faculty of Stanford University, Washington University, the University of Nairobi, Makerere University, and the Graduate Faculty at the New School University where he was also Dean.

Kenneth was Director of the U.S. Census Bureau, President of the Social Science Research Council, Senior Vice President of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Director of the National Opinion Research Center. He has authored or coauthored a dozen books and more than 100 articles and book chapters. His most recent book is What is Your Race: The Census and our Flawed Effort to Classify Americans (Princeton, 2013).

Matthew Snipp

Director, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences' Secure Data Center; Director, Center for Comparative Studies of Race and Ethnicity

C. Matthew Snipp is the Burnet C. and Mildred Finley Wohlford Professor of Humanities and Sciences in the Department of Sociology at Stanford University.  He is also the Director for the Institute for Research in the Social Science’s Secure Data Center and directed Stanford’s Center for the Comparative Study of Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE).  Before moving to Stanford in 1996, he was a Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin -- Madison.  He has been a Research Fellow at the U.S. Bureau of the Census and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.  Professor Snipp has published 3 books and over 70 articles and book chapters on demography, economic development, poverty and unemployment.  His current research and writing deals with the methodology of racial measurement, changes in the social and economic well-being of American ethnic minorities, and American Indian education.  For nearly ten years, he served as an appointed member of the Census Bureau’s Racial and Ethnic Advisory Committee.  He also has been involved with several advisory working groups evaluating the 2000 census, three National Academy of Science panels focused on the 2010 and 2020 censuses.  He also has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors for the Centers for Disease Control and the National Center for Health Statistics as well as an elected member of the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research’s Council.  He is currently serving on the National Institute of Child Health and Development’s Population Science Subcommittee.  Snipp holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin—Madison.