The American Association for the Advancement of Science(AAAS) has elected Distinguished University Professor Stanley Presser as a AAAS Fellow. The AAAS Council annually elects members whose “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications are scientifically or socially distinguished.
Professor Presser serves as a faculty member in the Department of Sociology and in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology. He was recognized by AAAS for distinguished contributions to survey methodology, particularly for research that has shaped social scientists’ understanding of both measurement and non-measurement errors. He will be presented with a certificate and rosette in Boston on Feb. 18, 2017 during the AAAS Fellows Forum, part of the association’s annual meeting.
Professor Presser focuses on the interface between social psychology and survey measurement. His research focuses on questionnaire design and testing, the accuracy of survey responses, nonresponse, and ethical issues stemming from the use of human subjects.
His books include Questions and Answers in Attitude Surveys (with Howard Schuman), Survey Questions (with Jean Converse), and Methods for Testing and Evaluating Survey Questionnaires (chief editor). Professor Presser has served as editor of Public Opinion Quarterly, was president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research, and is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association. Professor Presser was director of the Maryland Survey Research Center from 1989 to 2000.
Professor Presser joins the ranks of numerous AAAS Fellows across the University and within the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, including Dean and Professor of Psychology Gregory Ball and Professor Nan Bernstein Ratner in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, who were honored in 2014.