Michael Oakes is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health and co-Director of the University of Minnesota’s US Census Research Data Center. He is an active researcher and frequent principal investigator on a wide variety of NIH, NSF, and RWJF funded studies addressing a vast array of methodological, health, social, and ethical topics. Dr. Oakes has authored over 85 papers exploring problems at the intersection of social and health sciences. His first book entitled Methods in Social Epidemiology was released in 2006; the second edition is now being completed. Dr. Oakes teaches several doctoral-level courses, including “Design and Analysis of Group Randomized Trials;” “Advanced Epidemiologic Methods;” and “Social Epidemiology.” Among other honors, he was named a McKnight Presidential Fellow and recently won both his school’s highest teaching honors. Dr. Oakes is Associate Editor of Health & Place; on the editorial board of the Journal of Causal Inference.