Edmund Ezra Day Professor Emeritus of Economics, Statistics and Data Science at Cornell University.
John Abowd is the Edmund Ezra Day Professor Emeritus of Economics, Statistics and Data Science at Cornell University. From June 2016 until October 2022, he served as Chief Scientist and Associate Director for Research and Methodology at the U.S Census Bureau, where he led a directorate of five research centers each devoted to domains of investigation important to the future of social and economic statistics. He was the lead senior executive for the design and implementation of the 2020 Census Disclosure Avoidance System, the largest confidentiality protection system based on differential privacy ever implemented by a government agency. For this work he was awarded the 2022 EPIC Foundation Champion of Freedom Award. He served on the National Academy of Sciences Committee on National Statistics (2010-2016) and the American Economic Association’s Committee on Economic Statistics (2013-2018). His complete professional resume is at johnabowd.com