Colm O'Muircheartaigh

Dean and Professor, Harris School of Public Policy Studies

1155 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
Phone: 773.702.9623

Colm A. O'Muircheartaigh is dean of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy Studies, professor in the Harris School, and senior fellow in the National Opinion Research Center (NORC). He is one of the nation’s leading experts in the design and implementation of social investigations.

An applied statistician, O'Muircheartaigh has focused his research on the design of complex surveys across a wide range of populations and topics, and on fundamental issues of data quality, including the impact of errors in responses to survey questions, cognitive aspects of question wording, and latent variable models for non-response.

He joined the Harris School faculty in 1998 from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he was the first director of the Methodology Institute and a faculty member of the Department of Statistics since 1971.

A fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the American Statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute, O'Muircheartaigh has served as a consultant to a wide range of public and commercial organizations around the world, including the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the United Nations.

O'Muircheartaigh received his undergraduate education at University College Dublin, and his graduate education at the London School of Economics.

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