Council Members, 2014-2016
In fall of 2013, six new members were elected to serve four-year terms on the ICPSR Governing Council starting in 2014, and Christopher Achen was appointed Council Chair. A list of previous Councils also is available on our website.
Christopher H. Achen is the Roger Williams Straus Professor of Social Sciences, Professor of Politics at Princeton University. Achen’s research interest is political methodology, particularly in its application to empirical democratic theory, American politics, and international relations. He received his PhD from Yale University and has held professorships at University of California, Berkeley, University of Chicago, and University of Michigan. He is the author of two books, Interpreting and Using Regression and The Statistical Analysis of Quasi-Experiments; co-author of a third, Cross-Level Inference; and co-editor of a fourth book, The European Union Decides. His next book is entitled Voter Turnout in Multi-Level Systems. He was the first president of the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association, and is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received fellowships from the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, the National Science Foundation, and Princeton’s Center for the Study of Democratic Politics. He received the first career achievement award from The Political Methodology Section of The American Political Science Association in 2007. He is also the recipient of an award from the University of Michigan for lifetime achievement in training graduate students.
Marilyn Andrews is the Data Librarian in Spatial and Numeric Data Services (SANDs) at the Dr. Archer Library, University of Regina, Saskatchewan (UR). Since graduating with her MLS degree from Dalhousie University, she has held various positions at UR including Archives Librarian, Science Reference Librarian, Government Publications Librarian, and Acting Associate Librarian (Client Services). She has also carried out subject liaison responsibilities for multiple disciplines over the time span. She is a member of the UR Executive Council and recently served on the University Search Committee for Vice President – Research. Her career as a Data Librarian commenced when she became a founding member of ACCOLEDS (A COPPUL Consortium of Library Electronic Data Services) formed in 1992. In 1993, ACCOLEDS joined ICPSR and she became the UR Official Representative. Additionally, she has been the UR Official Contact to the Data Liberation Initiative since its inception in 1995, and a member of the DLI Education Committee. She has been a member of both the Canadian Association of Public Data Users and the International Association for Social Science Information Service and Technology (IASSIST) since 1991. She serves as the IASSIST Regional Secretary for Canada; previously she was a Regional Committee member for Canada. She was a presenter at all six of the National Summer Institutes for Statistical and GIS Analysis at the University of Regina held between 2005 and 2010 (when funding ceased). She is a member of the Saskatchewan Research Data Centre (SKY-RDC) Management Committee.
Janet M. Box-Steffensmeier is the Vernal Riffe Professor of Political Science, Distinguished University Scholar, and professor of Sociology at Ohio State University (courtesy appointment), where she directs the Program in Statistics and Methodology (PRISM). She also founded the Visions in Methodology (VIM) workshops, a three-day session funded by the National Science Foundation that focuses on political methodology and includes scholarly presentations on methodological and substantive topics. Box-Steffensmeier received the 2013 Political Methodology Career Achievement Award from the Political Methodology Section of the American Political Science Association (APSA), which recognizes intellectual accomplishment and service to the profession in the field of Political Methodology. She received her PhD from the University of Texas. Her research focuses on methodology and American politics. She is one of the top political methodologists working on time-series analysis and publishing path-breaking research on error-correction models, fractional integration, and ARFIMA models. She has published 5 books and 12 book chapters, as well as more than 40 articles in highly ranked political journals including American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, and Journal of Politics. She has served as an associate editor for the Society for Political Methodology journal Political Analysis, and was an associate editor of the American Journal of Political Science. Box-Steffensmeier served as president of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Society for Political Methodology, as well as treasurer of the APSA. She twice has received the Harold F. Gosnell Prize.
Tony N. Brown is an Associate Director, Center for Research on Health Disparities and an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology at Vanderbilt University. His research interests are in critical race theory, cultural competencies, health disparities, medical sociology, quantitative methods, race and racism, race socialization, racial attitudes, racial identity, social psychology, sociology of mental health, and survey methods. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan and currently serves on the faculty of the Program on Effective Health Communication at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and as affiliate faculty for the Center for Latin American Studies in addition to his other positions at Vanderbilt. Along with Teresa L. Scheid he is editor of the book A Handbook for the Study of Mental Health: Social Contexts, Theories, and Systems, 2nd ed. (2010), Cambridge University Press. He is also a co-author with Chase L. Lesane- Brown, Emily E. Tanner-Smith, and Marino Bruce of the article “Negotiating Boundaries and Bonds: Frequency of Young Children’s Socialization to their Ethnic/Racial Heritage” in Journal of Cross Cultural Psychology; and a co-author with Emily E. Tanner-Smith and Chase L. Lesane-Brown of the article “Investigating Whether and When Ethnic/Race Socialization Improves Academic Performance” in The Journal of Negro Education. He has been an editor of the American Sociological Review and an editorial board member for Social Psychology Quarterly, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and Race and Society.
Robert S. Chen is the director of the Center for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN) and a senior research scientist. He served as CIESIN's deputy director from July 1998-April 2006 and as CIESIN's interim director from May 2006-January 2007. Chen is also the manager and co-principal investigator of the Socioeconomic Data and Applications Center, a data center in the NASA Earth Observing System Data and Information System. Chen has contributed to activities of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for over a decade and has served as an ex officio member of the IPCC Task Group on Data and Scenario Support for Impacts and Climate Analysis and co-manager of the IPCC Data Distribution Center. He has been a co-chair of the indicators work group of the US National Climate Assessment and a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Climate Change Science Institute at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He also served as one of the co-principal investigators of the Consortium for Climate Risk in the Urban Northeast, a multiuniversity initiative led by the Earth Institute with support from the Regional Integrated Sciences and Assessment program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Chen has provided leadership on national and international scientific data management issues. At Columbia University, he has served on the faculty steering committee for the Columbia Global Centers East Asia. He also has served as an ex officio member of the Earth Institute faculty.
John Fox is the Senator William McMaster Professor of Social Statistics in the Sociology Department of McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Fox earned a PhD in sociology from the University of Michigan in 1972. He serves on the Advisory Committee for the ICPSR Summer Program in Quantitative Methods and has delivered numerous lectures and workshops on statistical topics, at places such as the ICPSR Summer Program, the annual meetings of the American Sociological Association, and the Oxford Spring School in Quantitative Methods for Social Research. He has written many articles on statistics, sociology, and social psychology, and is the author of several books on statistics, including most recently Applied Regression Analysis and Generalized Linear Models, Second Edition (Sage, 2008); A Mathematical Primer for Social Statistics (Sage, 2009); and (with Sanford Weisberg) An R Companion to Applied Regression, Second Edition (Sage, 2011). He is an active contributor to the R Project for Statistical Computing and is a member of the R Foundation; his work on An R Companion was partly supported by a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
Philip N. Jefferson is the Centennial Professor of Economics at Swarthmore College and a former research economist at the Federal Reserve Board. His teaching and research interest are in macroeconomics, econometrics, poverty, and economic inequality. His recent research has delved into such issues as the role of education as a buffer against unemployment, the effect of business cycles on poverty rates, and the distribution of income between labor and capital. Jefferson, whose research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and who served as president of the National Economic Association in 2005, also is a Faculty Affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has held visiting appointments at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the University of California. Before going to Swarthmore in 1997, he taught at Columbia University and the University of Virginia. He holds a BA in economics from Vassar College and an MA and PhD in economics from the University of Virginia. He is a recipient of the Eugene M. Lang Faculty Fellowship at Swarthmore, The Flack Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching and Promise in Scholarly Activity at Swarthmore, and several other awards. He has published several papers and is the editor of and a contributor to The Oxford Handbook of the Economics of Poverty.
Carl Lagoze is an Associate Professor of Information at the University of Michigan School of Information. He is a leader in research on digital libraries and interoperability in information systems. He contributed to key developments in the field, including the Flexible Extensible Digital Object Repository Architecture (Fedora); the Warwick Framework for the Dublin Core Metadata Initiative; the ABC Metadata Ontology; Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PHM); and the Open Archive Initiative Object Reuse and Exchange (OAI-ORE). He spent most of his career at Cornell University, where he received a BA in Urban Planning and a PhD in Information Science. He was a faculty member in the Computing and Information Sciences Department, and a Digital Library Scientist and Research Specialist. Lagoze also holds an MSE in Software Engineering from the Wang Institute of Graduate Studies.
Chandra Muller holds the Alma Cowden Madden Centennial Professorship in Liberal Arts and is a professor of sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. She also is a faculty associate of the Population Research Center at the university. She received her PhD and MA degrees in sociology from the University of Chicago in 1991 and 1983, respectively. Muller received a master's in education from Stanford University in 1976 and a BA in sociology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1975. Her current research is on how family, community, education policy, and health behaviors shape education and the transition to adulthood. In particular, she focuses on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) preparation and careers. Of key interest is the diversity in experiences and disparities according to gender, race and ethnicity, social class, as well as disability, immigration or language minority status. She is co-author of the book Coming of Political Age: American Schools and the Civic Development of Immigrant Youth, and has published a large number of book chapters and articles. She has served as chair of the American Educational Research Association's Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award Committee, chair of the Sociology of Education Section of the American Sociological Association, and on the editorial boards of the journals Social Forces and Social Problems.
Ronald Nakao is a Data and Computational Social Science Librarian and has been a Data and Technology Specialist in the Social Sciences Data and Software division of the Stanford Libraries for over 20 years. He works extensively with faculty on their projects and assists them in addressing documentation, access, analysis, and archiving issues. He works with Stanford researchers to archive and redistribute social science research data via the Social Science Data and Software Data Collection. The SSDS provides resources and consulting for research and instruction in the social sciences. He developed the DEWI system to facilitate the creation of data subsets and was also instrumental in establishing data policies and procedures for the Stanford institutional repository. Nakao received his PhD in education from Stanford. He is the ICPSR Official Representative at Stanford and serves as the liaison to the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research. He is an instructor in the ICPSR Summer Program. He served from 2006-2010 as the vice-chair of the Expert Committee of the Data Documentation Initiative Alliance and as chair of the DDI Governance Task Force. He has been active in the community developing the Drupal open-source content management system. Nakao also is involved in the International Association for Social Science Information, Service, and Technology, and he hosted the annual IASSIST conference at Stanford in 2008.
Rogelio Saenz is Dean of the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He is also a Policy Fellow of the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire and writes occasionally on demographic trends for the Population Reference Bureau. Saenz received his PhD in sociology from Iowa State University in 1986. His research focuses on the areas of demography, immigration, sociology of Latina/os, and inequality. Saenz is a co-editor of Latinas/os in the United States: Changing the Face of America (Springer, 2008) and wrote the census report titled Latinos and the Changing Face of America (Population Reference Bureau and Russell Sage Foundation, 2004). His work has appeared in a variety of journals including Demography, Du Bois Review, International Migration Review, Journal of Marriage and the Family, Race & Society, Social Science Quarterly, and Social Science Research. Saenz also serves on the editorial boards of the American Sociological Review, Journal of Latino-Latin American Studies, Social Science Quarterly, and Southern Rural Sociology. He served on the National Institutes of Health's Social Studies and Population Study Section from 1993-1997 and has been president of the Southwestern Sociological Association and vice president of the Rural Sociological Society. Saenz received the American Sociological Association Latina/o Sociology Section's Distinguished Contributions to Research and Scholarship Award (2005) and the American Association of Higher Education Hispanic Caucus' Outstanding Latino/a Faculty Award in Research and Teaching in Higher Education.
William Vega is Provost Professor and Executive Director of the Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging at the University of Southern California. He holds appointments in social work, preventive medicine, psychiatry, and family medicine. He also is emeritus professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and he codirects the Network for Multicultural Research on Health and Healthcare at UCLA. An elected member of the Institute of Medicine, Vega has conducted research projects on health, mental health, and substance abuse throughout the United States and Latin America. His specialty is multicultural epidemiologic and services research with adolescents and adults. He has published more than 170 articles and chapters, and several books. The 2006 ISI Web of Science listed him in the top half of 1 percent of the most highly cited researchers worldwide in social science literature over the past two decades. Vega has been director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at UCLA. In 2002, he received the Society for Prevention Research's Community, Culture and Prevention Science Award and the National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse's National Award of Excellence in Research by a Senior Scientist. Vega has served on many boards and task forces, including health disparities work groups of the National Institutes of Health, the US Attorney General's Task Force on Methamphetamine, the Institute of Medicine Board on Population Health, the Committee on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment Effectiveness, and the Institute of Medicine Health Disparities Roundtable.
Linda J. Waite is the Lucy Flower Professor of Urban Sociology; and Co-Director, MD/PhD Program in Medicine, the Social Sciences, and Aging, Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. Her research interests include social demography, aging, the family, health, working families, and the link between biology, psychology, and the social world. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan and held positions at the RAND Corporation before moving to the University of Chicago, where she is a Senior Fellow at NORC as well as Co-Director of the Center on Aging. She is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for eHarmony Labs. Her current research focus is on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a study that has at its core a national survey of older adults first interviewed in 2005 and 2006, with a second interview for NSHAP respondents and their partners in 2010-2011. In 2008 she received the National Institutes of Health MERIT (Method to Extend Research in Time) award, which recognizes researchers who have demonstrated superior competence and outstanding productivity. She is the author or co-author of many books and articles, and she serves on several national boards and committees. She is the Chair of the Committee on Population, National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences; and has been a member of the Executive Committee, Board of Advisors, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education of the National Academy of Sciences.