Donald B. Rubin
Statistics, Operations, and Data Science
Murray Shusterman Senior Research Fellow
Non-tenure Track
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Donald B. Rubin is John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics, Harvard University, where he has been professor since 1983, and Department Chair for 13 of those years. He has been elected to be a Fellow/Member/Honorary Member of: the Woodrow Wilson Society, Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, American Statistical Association, Institute of Mathematical Statistics, International Statistical Institute, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, European Association of Methodology, the British Academy, and the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

As of 2017, he has authored/coauthored over 400 publications (including ten books), has four joint patents, and for many years has been one of the most highly cited authors in the world, with currently over 200,000 citations and nearly 20,000 in 2016 alone (Google Scholar). He has received honorary doctorate degrees from Otto Friedrich University, Bamberg, Germany; University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; Universidad Santo Tomás, Bogotá, Colombia; Uppsala University, Sweden; and Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.

He has also received honorary professorships from University of Utrecht, The Netherlands; Shanghai Finance University, China; Nanjing University of Science & Technology, China; Xi’an University of Technology, China; and University of the Free State, Republic of South Africa.

Research Areas

  • Causal inference in experiments and observational studies.
  • Inference in sample surveys with nonresponse and in missing data problems.
  • Application of Bayesian and empirical Bayesian techniques.
  • Developing and applying statistical models to data in a variety of scientific disciplines.


  • Ph.D. Statistics , Harvard University,1970
  • M.S. in Computer Science , Harvard University, 1966. Master’s Thesis: Parameter Design
  • A.B. in Psychology,Princeton University, 1965.


  • June 2016 – present, Professor, Temple University.
  • 2002-present, John L. Loeb Professor of Statistics
  • 2000-2004 & 1985-1994, Chairman, Department of Statistics.
  • 2003-present, Faculty Associate, Center for Basic Research in the Social Sciences
  • 1984-2002, Professor, Department of Statistics.
  • 1999-2000, Chairman, Department of Statistics’ Senior Search Committee.
  • 1997-2000 & 1985-1991, Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Statistics
  • 1998-present, Member, Standing Committee on Health Policy, Harvard University.
  • 1997-2000, Faculty Staff, Program on Educational Policy and Governance.

Sample Publications

  • Nesting Optimal Main Effects Plans and Optimal Foldover Designs. Communications in Statistics – Theory and Methods, Vol.31, Number 10, 1777 – 1793.