My Two Census

Formerly the non-partisan watchdog of the 2010 US Census, and currently an opinion blog that covers all things political, media, foreign policy, globalization, and culture…but sometimes returning to its census/demographics roots.

Profile: Robert M. Groves

TIME Magazine just released its profile of our new Counter-In-Chief-To-Be (pending confirmation):

Fast Facts:

•Originally from Kansas City. Earned a bachelor’s degree summa cum laude from Dartmouth College, followed by master’s degrees in statistics and sociology and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan.

• Joined the University of Michigan’s Sociology Department in 1975. Has also taught at the University of Maryland and at schools in Sweden and Germany.

• Served as an associate census director from 1990 to 1992.

• Helped develop surveys for groups ranging from the American Lung Association to A.C. Nielsen and Co.

• Has written several books and dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters on survey methods. Much of his work focuses on boosting response rates to polls and surveys.

• Worked as a Vermont prison guard during college.

Quotes about Robert M. Groves:

• “He’s generally well liked and well respected in the profession” and “very good at dealing with human interaction.”
—Eugene Ericksen, a Temple University sociology and statistics professor and former classmate (Detroit Free Press, April 2, 2009)

• “He is a respected social scientist who will run the Census Bureau with integrity and independence.”
—Commerce Secretary Gary Locke (AP, April 2, 2009)

• “This is an incredibly troubling selection that contradicts the Administration’s assurances that the census process would not be used to advance an ulterior political agenda.”
—Rep. Darrell Issa (New York Times, April 2, 2009)

• “For those tempted to label Groves as the pawn of partisans in the White House or the Democratic party, I have a warning: the notion of Bob Groves yielding to partisanship is laughable. As in rolling on the floor laughing out loud laughable.”
—Mark Blumenthal, publisher and editor, Pollster.com. (April 5, 2009)

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