Robert M. Groves

  • Georgetown University

Bob Groves, provost of Georgetown University, is a social statistician who studies the impact of social, cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information. He is the Gerard J. Campbell, S.J. Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, and in the Department of Sociology. His research has focused on the social and political influences on survey participation, the impact of mode of data collection on responses in sample surveys, the use of adaptive research designs to improve the cost and error properties of statistics, and public concerns about privacy affecting attitudes toward statistical agencies. Bob is an elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine of the US National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Statistical Association, and the International Statistical Institute. Prior to joining Georgetown as provost, Bob served as director of the US Census Bureau from 2009-2012 (presidential appointment with Senate confirmation), a position he assumed after being director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center, professor of sociology, and research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.