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Project Title: Survey Options for Estimating the Flow of Unauthorized Crossings at the U.S.-Mexican Border

PIN: DBASSE-CNSTAT-11-03        

Major Unit:
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Sub Unit: Committee on National Statistics


Majmundar, Malay

Subject/Focus Area:  Behavioral and Social Sciences; Labor Force Issues; National Security and Defense

Committee Membership
Date Posted:   10/19/2011

Dr. Alicia Carriquiry - (Chair)
Iowa State University

Alicia Carriquiry is professor of statistics at Iowa State University. Between January of 2000 and July of 2004 she was associate provost at Iowa State. Her research interests are in Bayesian statistics and general methods. Her recent work focuses on nutrition and dietary assessment, as well as on problems in genomics, forensic sciences, and traffic safety. Dr. Carriquiry is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and a fellow of the American Statistical Association. She serves on the Executive Committee of the Institute of Mathematical Statistics and has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Institute of Statistical Sciences since 1997. She is also a past president of the International Society for Bayesian Analysis (ISBA) and a past member of the Board of the Plant Sciences Institute at Iowa State University. Dr. Carriquiry is editor of Statistical Sciences and of Bayesian Analysis, and serves on the editorial boards of several Latin American journals of statistics and mathematics. She has served on five National Academies committees: the Subcommittee on Interpretation and Uses of Dietary Reference Intakes; the Committee on Evaluation of USDA's Methodology for Estimating Eligibility and Participation for the WIC Program; the Committee on Third Party Toxicity Research with Human Research Participants; the Committee on Assessing the Feasibility, Accuracy, and Technical Capability of a Ballistics National Database; and the Committee on Gender Differences in the Careers of Science, Mathematics and Engineering Faculty. Currently, she is a member of the standing Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics the Committee on National Statistics. She is a member of the Federal Steering Committee on Future Directions for the CSFII/NHANES Diet/Nutrition Survey: What We Eat in America. She received an M.Sc. in animal science from the University of Illinois, and an M.Sc. in statistics and a Ph.D. in statistics and animal genetics from Iowa State University.

Dr. David L. Banks
Duke University

David L. Banks is a professor of the practice of statistics at Duke University. Having worked at National Institute of Science and Technology, the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, and the Food and Drug Administration, his statistical expertise is amplified by his understanding of some important federal government needs. He recently won the Roger Herriot Award for his unique approaches to the solution of statistical problems in federal data collection programs. Dr. Banks is credited with pioneering the use of Bayesian statistics for metrology, with helping to build the BTS, and with leading efforts to apply statistical methods for risk analysis and game theory to counter bioterrorism. He has previously served as a member of the NRC’s Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics (CATS) and is currently a member of BMSA’s standing Committee on Biodefense Analysis and Countermeasures. He received his Ph.D. in statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Dr. Peter Brownell
The RAND Corporation

Peter Brownell is an associate social scientist at RAND. Prior to joining RAND, he was a visiting research fellow at the Center for US-Mexican Studies and a guest scholar at the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies, both at UC San Diego. His research focuses primarily on immigrants and immigration, with a particular focus on migration between Mexico and the United States. Past projects have addressed the factors related to Mexican immigrants' wages in the United States and the role of U.S. policy in structuring immigrants' labor market outcomes and decisions regarding migration and settlement. Other recent and current projects address issues such as the effects of the recent recession on return migration flows to Mexico, the role of selective migration in the “Hispanic paradox” in birth outcomes, the occupational health of U.S. farmworkers, and the relationship between changes in natives' wages and the concentration of immigrants in U.S. occupations. He holds a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.

Dr. Stephen E. Fienberg
Carnegie Mellon University

Stephen E. Fienberg is Maurice Faulk University Professor in the Department of Statistics. His principal research interests lie in the development of statistical methodology, especially for problems involving categorical variables. His recent research has focused on approaches appropriate for disclosure limitation in multidimensional tables and their relationship with results on bounds for table entries given a set of marginals, estimating the size of populations (especially in the context of census taking), and Bayesian approaches to the analysis of contingency tables. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the Editorial Board of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and co-chair of the Report Review Committee. He earned his Ph.D. in statistics from the Harvard University.

Dr. Mark Handcock
University of California, Los Angeles

Mark Handcock is a professor of statistics at the University of California, Los Angeles, where he is also an affiliate of the California Center for Population Research. Prior to joining UCLA, he taught at the University of Washington, Pennsylvania State University, and New York University. Handcock’s work focuses on the development of statistical models for the analysis of social network data, spatial processes, and longitudinal data arising in labor economics; recent applications have been to social relations networks with the objective of understanding the social determinants of HIV spread, and the combination of survey and population-level information. He also works in the fields of distributional comparisons, environmental statistics, spatial statistics, and inference for stochastic processes; recent applications have been to models for stream networks that combine information from multiple environmental surveys, models of stochastic curves with application to job instability and age-earnings profiles, and the development of graphical tools for distributional comparison. He has served as associate editor of Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of the American Statistical Association, and Computational and Mathematical Organization Theory. Handcock is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and served on the NRC Organizing Committee for the Workshop on Statistical Analysis of Workshops. He holds a B.Sc. in mathematics from the University of Western Australia and a Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Gordon Hanson
University of California, San Diego

Gordon Hanson is director of the Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies and professor of economics at the University of California, San Diego, where he holds faculty positions in the School of International Relations and Pacific Studies and the Department of Economics. He is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and a co-editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics. Prior to joining UCSD in 2001, he was on the economics faculty at the University of Michigan (1998-2001) and at the University of Texas (1992-1998). Professor Hanson specializes in the economics of international trade, international migration, and foreign direct investment. He has published extensively in the top academic journals of the economics discipline. His current research examines the international migration of skilled labor, border enforcement and illegal immigration, the impact of imports from China on the U.S. labor market, the determinants of comparative advantage, and international trade in religion. In past work, he has addressed how immigration and global outsourcing affect the U.S. economy, the economic integration of the United States and Mexico, the causes and consequences of global expansion by multinational firms, and the relationship between international trade and the location of economic activity. His most recent book is Regulating Low Skilled Immigration in the United States (American Enterprise Institute, 2010). In 2011, Professor Hanson received the Chancellor’s Associates Award for Excellence in Research in Social Science and the Humanities from UC San Diego. He has an A.B. in economics from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Virginia Lesser
Oregon State University

Virginia Lesser is director of the Survey Research Center at Oregon State University, where she also serves as associate professor in the Statistics Department. Her research interests are in sampling, survey methodology, environmental statistics, and applied statistics. She has written on nonsampling error, the effects of item and unit nonresponse on nonresponse error, and multiphase sampling and has served on several NRC committees, including the Panel to Review the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) and the Committee on the Review of the National Institute of Safety and Health/Bureau of Labor Statistics Respiration Use Survey Program. She holds a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina and an undergraduate degree in biology.

Dr. Pia Orrenius
Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas

Pia Orrenius is research officer and senior economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. As a labor economist and member of the regional group, she analyzes the regional economy, with special focus on the border region. Her research also focuses on the causes and consequences of Mexico–U.S. migration, unauthorized immigration, and U.S. immigration policy. She spent the 2004–05 academic year as senior economist on the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President, Washington D.C., where she advised the Bush administration on labor, health, and immigration issues. She is a Tower Center fellow at the Tower Center for Political Studies at Southern Methodist University and a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor in Bonn, Germany. She is also an adjunct professor at Baylor University (Dallas campus), where she teaches in the executive MBA program. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and B.A.’s in economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.

Dr. Jeffrey S. Passel
Pew Research Center

Jeffrey S. Passel is a senior demographer at the Urban Institute. A nationally known expert on immigration to the United States and the demography of racial and ethnic groups, he formerly served as principal research associate at the Urban Institute's Labor, Human Services, and Population Center. He has authored numerous studies on immigrant populations in America, focusing on such topics as undocumented immigration, the economic and fiscal impact of the foreign born, and the impact of welfare reform on immigrant populations. He has served on two previous NRC committees, the Panel on Correlation Bias and Coverage Measurement in the 2010 Census and the Panel on Estimates of Poverty for Small Geographic Areas, as well as currently serving on the Committee on Estimating Costs to the Department of Justice of Increased Border Security Enforcement by the Department of Homeland Security. He holds a Ph.D. in social relations from Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Fernando Riosmena
University of Colorado at Boulder

Fernando Riosmena is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and the Population Program of the Institute of Behavioral Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Riosmena's research looks at how demographic processes are associated with the spatial and social mobility, well-being, and development in Latin American societies and immigrant communities from said region in the United States. He has done work on the role of social ties and of legal status in explaining inter-country differences in U.S. migration dynamics in Latin America and the relation between the socioeconomic and gender normative context of migrant sending communities, family life cycle, and the migration behavior of individuals with other life course events; on the changing spatial distribution of Mexican migrant destinations in the U.S. and their relationship with the changing spatial distribution of migrant origins in Mexico; and on the factors that explain the health status of migrants in the U.S. and changes therein, particularly looking at selection, protection, and acculturation processes. Riosmena has served on the National Academies’ Ford Foundation Fellowships Review Panel on Economics and Political Science He holds a Ph.D. in demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Silvia E. Saucedo Giorguli
El Colegio de Mexico

Silvia Elena Saucedo Giorguli is director of the Center for Demographic Studies, Urban and Environmental at the College of Mexico (El Collegio de Mexico). She has teaching experience at El Colegio de Mexico, the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico, and the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico. Her research focuses on adolescents and family structure, international migration, and the impact of population change in Mexico. She holds a Ph.D. in sociology from Brown University.