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Measuring Socioeconomic Status

10. Author Biography

Michael Oakes is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health and co-Director of the University of Minnesota’s US Census Research Data Center. He is an active researcher and frequent principal investigator on a wide variety of NIH, NSF, and RWJF funded studies addressing a vast array of methodological, health, social, and ethical topics. Dr. Oakes has authored over 80 papers exploring problems at the intersection of social and health sciences; his first book entitled Methods in Social Epidemiology was released in 2006. He is known for his work on how social stratification undermines causal inferences drawn from many common research designs and multilevel statistical models. His work on the identification of “neighborhood effects” is widely known. Dr. Oakes teaches several doctoral-level courses, including “Design and Analysis of Group Randomized Trials;” “Advanced Epidemiologic Methods;” and “Social Epidemiology.”  Among other honors, he was named a McKnight Presidential Fellow and recently won his school’s highest teaching honor. Dr. Oakes is Associate Editor of Health & Place; on the editorial board of the Journal of Causal Inference; Senior Scientific Advisor to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program; Chair of one of UMN’s IRB panels; and Vice Chair of its Conflict of Interest committee.