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Roderick J. Little

Associate Director for Research & Methodology and Chief Scientist

Rod Little joined the U.S. Census Bureau in September 2010 as the Associate Director for Research & Methodology and Chief Scientist.  and Chief Scientist.  Little leads a new directorate that focuses on enhancing the research and methodology capacity of the Census Bureau.

Little is on leave from the University of Michigan, where he is a Richard D. Remington Collegiate Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, a department he chaired from 1993 to 2001 and 2006 to 2009.  He is also Professor of Statistics and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research at Michigan.

Before his appointment at Michigan, he held faculty appointments at the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Chicago, and non-academic positions as ASA/Census/NSF research fellow at the Census Bureau, expert consultant at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and scientific associate at the World Fertility Survey.  Active editorially, he was Coordinating and Applications Editor of the Journal of the American Statistical Association from 1992 to 1994. He has served as a member of the Committee on National Statistics, the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Children's Study, and a number of other National Research Council committees, including two committees devoted to census issues. He recently chaired a National Academy Committee on the treatment of missing data in clinical trials.

In 2005, Little was awarded the American Statistical Association's prestigious Wilks Medal for research contributions, and he gave the President's Invited Address at the Joint Statistical Meetings. He has more than 200 publications, notably on methods for the analysis of data with missing values and model-based survey inference, and the application of statistics to diverse scientific areas, including medicine, demography, economics, psychiatry, aging and the environment.

Little is an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, and a fellow of the American Statistical Association. In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently a Vice President of the American Statistical Association.

Little received his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Cambridge University, and masters and doctorate degrees in statistics from Imperial College, London University.  An enthusiastic classical music fan, he sings in a number of choirs and is Vice President of Artistic Affairs for the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra.

Little is married to Robin Adelson Little and has two sons, David and Andrew.


Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | PIO@census.gov | Last Revised: June 14, 2013