NORC at the University of Chicago announces that Rene Bautista, Ph.D., has been selected as the next Director of the General Social Survey (GSS), upon Tom W. Smith's planned retirement in August, 2019. Dr. Smith will continue to serve as the GSS Director through the completion of the current grant, with Dr. Bautista serving as co-Director.
Dr. Bautista is a Senior Research Scientist in NORC's Statistics and Methodology Department, with substantial experience developing and implementing major NORC and other surveys, as well as leading methodological research over the past decade. Dr. Bautista, who earned his Ph.D. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has published scholarly work in peer-reviewed journals and books, and is a frequent presenter in major national and international conferences on survey methodology. He holds an academic appointment as affiliate faculty at the University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy and at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Survey Research and Methodology Program, and serves as Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly, the flagship journal of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.