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.


Educational Background

1970: Ph.D. in Statistics - Harvard University
1966: M.A. in Computer Science - Harvard University
1965: A.B. in Psychology - Princeton University


Work Experience

  • 1984 - 2018: Professor, Department of Statistics, Harvard University (retired)
  • 1985 - 1994, 2000 - 2004: Chairman, Department of Statistics, Harvard University
  • 1999 - 2001: Fellow in Theoretical and Applied Statistics, National Bureau of Economic Research, Cambridge, MA
  • 1983 - present: Research Associate, NORC, Chicago
  • 1982 - 1984: Professor, Department of Statistics and Department of Education, The University of Chicago


Honors and Awards


  • Wilks Medal
  • Parzen Prize for Statistical Innovation
  • George W. Snedecor Award



Professor Donald B. Rubin receives an honorary degree from Northwestern on June 16, 2017 at Northwestern University’s 159th commencement ceremony