Robert M. Groves, provost of Georgetown University, is a social statistician who studies the impact of social cognitive and behavioral influences on the quality of statistical information.
Prior to joining Georgetown as provost he was director of the US Census Bureau (presidential appointment with Senate confirmation) from 2009-2012, overseeing the 2010 Census. He assumed the director position after being director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center, professor of sociology, and research professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.
Groves has authored or co-authored seven books and scores of peer-reviewed articles. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the International Statistical Institute.