Robert W. Pearson, Ph.D., is Senior Fellow at the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pearson has previously served as Executive Director of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Associate Dean at the H. John Heinz III School of Public Policy and Management at Carnegie Mellon University, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at Barnard College, and Program Officer at the Social Science Research Council. He has been on the faculties of Catholic University, Columbia University, and Barnard College. He earned his doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago. Dr. Pearson is the author of a textbook on applied statistics, Statistical Persuasion, published by Sage Publications in January 2010.