Pennsylvania State University
Dr. JOHN ICELAND is professor of sociology and demography at Pennsylvania State University, and head of the Department of Sociology and Criminology. Prior to this he was associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, and faculty associate at the Maryland Population Research Center. Dr. Iceland was chief of the Poverty and Health Statistics Branch at the U.S. Census Bureau before joining the Maryland faculty in 2003. His research focuses on poverty and residential segregation issues, and he has authored numerous papers and reports on poverty patterns, causes, and measurement. His work on residential segregation examines general trends among various groups using a variety of measures, and he is currently examining the residential patterns of immigrants. He has A.B., A.M., and Ph.D. degrees in sociology from Brown University.
Dr. KOSUKE IMAI is professor of politics and director of the Program in Statistics and Machine Learning at Princeton University. His research focuses on political methodology, and more generally, applied statistics in the social sciences. Dr. Imai has worked extensively on the development and applications of statistical methods for causal inference with experimental and observational data. Other areas of his research include survey methodology and the application of Bayesian statistical methods to social science research. He has published more than 30 peer-refereed journal articles in political science, statistics, economics, and psychology. He has won several awards, including: the Miyake Award (2006); the Warren Miller Prize (2008); the Pi Sigma Alpha Award (2013); and the Stanley Kelley, Jr. Teaching Award (2013); and is the inaugural recipient of the Society of Political Methodology's Emerging Scholar Award (2011). Dr. Imai's research has been supported by several National Science Foundation grants as well as grants from other agencies. He has a B.A. degree in liberal arts from the University of Tokyo, an A.M. degree in statistics from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. in political science also from Harvard.
Dr. DANIEL KASPRZYK is currently retired and working as a private consultant. Prior to this, he was senior fellow, vice-president, and director of the Center for Excellence in Survey Research and Quality at NORC at the University of Chicago. He also served as director of statistical services at Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Dr. Kasprzyk has more than 25 years of experience in managing large-scale sample surveys in a variety of topic areas, including holding various positions on the staff of the Survey of Income and Program Participation at the Census Bureau and carrying out methodological research associated with federal survey programs. He has particular expertise in nonsampling error issues in surveys. Prior to his private-sector positions, he was program director of the elementary and secondary sample survey studies program at the National Center for Education Statistics, where he was responsible for the Schools and Staffing Survey System. He was a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development committee that developed and reported school and teacher data for national comparisons. Dr. Kasprzyk served as the U.S. Department of Education's liaison to the National Academy of Sciences Panel on Estimates of Poverty for Small Geographic Areas and was a member of the National Academy of Sciences Panel to Review the National Children's Study Research Plan. He is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute and fellow and former vice-president of the American Statistical Association (ASA). He chaired the ASA Sections on Survey Research Methods and on Social Statistics, as well as serving as officer for other sections of the ASA and for the Washington Statistical Society, a Chapter of the ASA. He has a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from The George Washington University.
H. Luke Shaefer
University of Michigan
Dr. H. LUKE SHAEFER is assistant professor of social work at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the effectiveness of the United States social safety net in serving low-wage workers and economically disadvantaged families. Dr. Shaefer’s recent work explores rising levels of extreme poverty in the United States, the impact of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program on material hardships, barriers to unemployment insurance faced by vulnerable workers, and strategies for increasing access to oral health care in the United States. He is further interested in non-profit management, particularly the economics of social service administration. He has significant non-profit program management experience and has served as board president for a public foundation and an education nonprofit. Dr. Shaefer is a “hands-on” researcher using SIPP data, and has hosted a workshop on working with SIPP data. He has a B.A. in politics from Oberlin College, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in social service administration from the University of Chicago.
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Mr. ARLOC SHERMAN is a senior researcher at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. His work focuses on family income trends, income support policies, and the causes and consequences of poverty. He is a specialist in the impact of poverty and public policy on child development and has written extensively about parental employment and unemployment, welfare reform, barriers to employment, family structure, the depth of poverty, racial inequality, tax policy for low-income families, and the special challenges affecting rural areas. He worked for 14 years as senior research associate at the Children’s Defense Fund, and was previously a researcher at the Center for Law and Social Policy. He returned to the Center in 2004 after a long absence, having also worked there in 1986 and 1987. His book Wasting America’s Future was nominated for the 1994 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award. Some of his recent reports include: A Guide to Statistics on Historical Trends in Income Inequality; SNAP Benefit Cuts Will Affect Thousands of Veterans in Every State; Census Data Show Poverty and Inequality Remained High in 2012; and Median Income Was Stagnant, but Fewer Americans Were Uninsured. He has a B.A. in political science from Yale University.
Karen E. Smith
The Urban Institute
Ms. KAREN E. SMITH is a senior research associate in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her main area of expertise is the design and implementation of micro-simulation models in a social policy environment. Over the last 25 years, she has developed microsimulation models for Social Security, pensions, taxation, wealth and savings, labor supply, charitable giving, health expenditure, student aid, and welfare reform. Ms. Smith has played a lead role in the development of the Social Security Administration's Modeling Income in the Near Term (MINT) microsimulation model, the Urban Institute's Dynamic Simulation of Income (DYNASIM) microsimulation model, and the Social Security Administration's Policy Simulation Model (POLISIM). Her recent work includes estimating the income and asset accumulation patterns of the adult population, analyzing the retirement decision, evaluating the effect of disability on earnings and mortality, and using statistical matching to impute earnings, taxes, and spouse characteristics. She has extensively analyzed asset accumulation and spend-down on a variety of cross-sectional and longitudinal data sets. She has a B.A. degree in computer science and economics from the University of Michigan.
Tom W. Smith
National Opinion Research Center at UC
Dr. TOM W. SMITH is a survey methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago. Dr. Smith has served as director of the General Social Survey (GSS) since 1980, one of NORC’s most visible projects and one of the nation’s most heavily utilized datasets. Dr. Smith is frequently consulted and quoted by the news media on such diverse topics as American sexual behavior, inter-group relations, confidence in institutions, happiness, religion, guns, and voter behavior. He is a prolific writer, analyzing and publishing the results of his studies in peer reviewed journals and NORC-published reports aimed at students, scholars, and policymakers. He serves as a referee for several peer reviewed journals, including Public Opinion Quarterly, Health Affairs, Demography, and Social Methodology, and he is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Public Opinion Research. In addition to his extensive publication and public speaking record, he has been the recipient of the following awards: Worcester Prize, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 1994; AAPOR Innovators Award, 2000 and 2003; AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement, 2002; Eastern Sociological Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Sociology, 2003; and Demographic Diamond Designate, American Demographics, 2003. Dr. Smith has a B.A. degree in history and political science, and an M.A. degree in history, both from the Pennsylvania State University, and a Ph.D. in American history from the University of Chicago.
James P. Ziliak
University of Kentucky
Dr. JAMES P. ZILIAK is Carol Martin Gatton endowed chair in microeconomics in the Department of Economics at the University of Kentucky, and founding director of the Center for Poverty Research. His research expertise is the areas of tax and welfare policy, poverty, and food insecurity. He is the principal investigator on the Research Program on Childhood Hunger funded by the Food and Nutrition Service and was recently a member of the just completed IOM Committee on the Examination of the Adequacy of Food Resources and SNAP Allotments. He has served as a visiting scholar at Brookings Institution and as visiting professor at University College London and the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin. He served as chair of the CNSTAT Workshop on an Agenda for Child Hunger and Food Insecurity Research. He has a B.A. degree in sociology from Purdue University, a B.S. degree in economics from Purdue University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from Indiana University.