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Judith Tanur



 Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita  
Ph.D. Stony Brook University

Areas of Interest

Statistics; methodology; survey research; social psychology


Judith M. Tanur (BS, Psychology, Columbia; MA, Mathematical Statistics, Columbia; PhD, Sociology, SUNYSB) is Distinguished Teaching Professor Emerita. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and American Association for the Advancement of Science, an elected member of International Statistical Institute, and recipient of ASA’s Founders’ Award. She edited International Encyclopedia of Statistics, Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown, and Questions about Questions: Inquiries into the Cognitive Bases of Surveys. She co-authored (with S. James Press) The Subjectivity of Scientists and the Bayesian Approach. She was a member of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, chairing its Advanced Research Seminar on Cognitive Aspects of Survey Methodology, co-chaired the SSRC Committee on Cognition and Survey Research and was on its Board of Directors, was an ASA/NSF/BLS Senior Research Fellow and a co-editor of Chance, served on the ASA Advisory Committee for SIPP, NSF Panels and visiting committees and the Advisory Committee to the NSF Director for SBE. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of the NORC and the International Advisory Committee for the Vietnam Project of SSRC.

Selected Additional Publications

Cognitive Aspects of Survey Methodology: Building a Bridge Between Disciplines, Washington, D.C., National Academy Press, l984, edited with Thomas B. Jabine, Miron L. Straf and Roger Tourangeau.

A Potential Early Warning System: Final Report on China Anomie Project Biel, Switzerland: Swiss Academy for Development. 1997 With Peter Atteslander, Hanlin Li, and Qi Wang.  

Cognition and Survey Research New York: Wiley-Interscience. 1999 Edited with Monroe G. Sirken, Douglas J. Hermann, Susan Schechter, Norbert Schwarz, and Roger Tourangeau.

Visualizing Social Science: Photographs of Rachel Tanur  New York: Social Science Research Council, 2008.

The Pleasures of Statistics: The Autobiography of Frederick Mosteller. New York: Springer 2009. (Edited with Stephen Fienberg and David Hoaglin)

“Meanings, Purposes and Structural Resources in Interaction,”   Cornell Journal of Social Relations, Spring l976 with Eugene Weinstein.

“Methods for Large-Scale Surveys and Experiments.” Pp. l-7l,   Sociological Methodology , l983/84. (Samuel Leinhardt, ed.), San Francisco: Jossey Bass. l983.

“Combining Cognitive and Statistical Approaches to Survey Design.”   Science. l989, 243:1017-1022. With Stephen E. Fienberg.

“Measuring Unemployment in the Nineties” 1994,   Public Opinion Quarterly, V. 58 (Summer), pp. 277-294. 1994. With Janet Norwood.

“An Overview of the Respondent-Generated Intervals (RGI) Approach to Sample Surveys”,   Journal of Modern Applied Statistical Methods, Nov. 2004, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 288-304. (with S. James Press)

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