Joseph Lewis Gastwirth

Title: Professor of Statistics and Economics
Company: The George Washington University
Location: Washington, D.C., United States

Joseph Lewis Gastwirth, Professor of Statistics and Economics at The George Washington University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in higher education.

With more than 55 years of professional experience to his credit, Dr. Gastwirth currently serves as a professor of statistics and economics at The George Washington University, a private university located in Washington, D.C., which was established in 1821 by the United States Congress. He is a highly accomplished statistician and educator, holding a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Yale University, as well as a Master of Arts from Princeton University. After earning a Ph.D. from Columbia University in 1963, Dr. Gastwirth spent a year as a Research Associate at Stanford University, subsequently serving as an Assistant and then Associate Professor at Johns Hopkins University. Following a sabbatical at Harvard University, he was a Visiting Faculty Advisor on Statistical Policy with the United States Office of Management and Budget.

Dr. Gastwirth joined the Statistics Department at The George Washington University in 1972, and with the institution, he has worked as a professor of statistics and economics, a mentor, as well as an adviser to many Ph.D. students and faculty members over his more than four decades of service. From 1981 to 1985, he consulted with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget on a part-time basis and subsequently received a Guggenheim grant for the 1985-1986 academic year. Dr. Gastwirth has shared his expertise as a Visiting Professor or Scholar at Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California Davis, the London School of Economics, and the National Cancer Institute. He additionally has participated in a research program at the Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University.

A prolific member of his field, Dr. Gastwirth has published the two-volume title “Statistical Reasoning in Law and Public Policy,” and has additionally edited “Statistical Science in the Courtroom.” He has contributed more than 300 peer-reviewed articles to professional journals, including the Annals of Statistics, the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Econometrica, Review of Economics and Statistics, Statistical Science, Annals of Human Genetics, Human Heredity, Jurimetrics, and Statistics and Public Policy. Additionally, Dr. Gastwirth has contributed his expertise as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of the American Statistical Association, the Biometrical Journal, and Statistics and Public Policy. He was a Founding Editor of Law, Probability, and Risk, and served the publication as Editor-in-Chief from 2011 to 2015.

For his accomplishments, Dr. Gastwirth has been elected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has held positions on numerous committees and panels with myriad professional organizations related to his field and is the recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor conferred by Marquis Who’s Who. Dr. Gastwirth was the recipient of the Noether Award from the American Statistical Association in 2012 for his contributions to nonparametric statistics, as well as the Karl Peace Award for outstanding statistical contributions for the betterment of society in 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys art, jogging, swimming, and traveling.

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