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Change and the 2020 Census: Not Whether But How
Statistics and the Native American Population Advisory Committee. Prior to moving to Stanford, he was associate professor and professor of rural sociology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he held affiliate appointments with several other units, and assistant and associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland. At the National Research Council, he was a member of the Panel on Research on Future Census Methods (2010 census planning) and the Panel on Residence Rules in the Decennial Census. He received his A.B. in sociology from the University of California, Davis, and his M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
John H. Thompson is president of the National Opinion Research Center (NORC) at the University of Chicago. Prior to his appointment as president, he was executive vice president for survey operations, in which capacity he provided oversight and direction for NORC’s Economics, Labor Force, and Demography Research Department and the Statistics and Methodology Department. He also served as project director for the National Immunization Survey, conducted on behalf of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from November 2004 through July 2006. He joined NORC following a 27-year career at the U.S. Census Bureau, culminating in service as principal associate director for programs. As associate director for decennial census (1997–2001) and chief of the Decennial Management Division (1995–1997), he was the chief operating officer of the 2000 census, overseeing all aspects of census operations. In this capacity, he also chaired the Bureau’s Executive Steering Committee for Accuracy and Coverage Evaluation Policy, an internal working group tasked to provide guidance to the director of the Census Bureau and the secretary of commerce concerning statistical adjustment of 2000 census figures. He has received a Presidential Rank Award of Meritorious Executive and Gold, Silver, and Bronze Medals from the U.S. Department of Commerce. At the NRC, he served on the Panel on the Design of the 2010 Census Program of Evaluations and Experiments. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.