Dr. Oakes is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. He is also Co-Director of UMN’s Census Research Data Center, a fellow of the Minnesota Population Research Center, and an Adjunct Professor of Sociology. His professional interests center on quantitative methodology, social epidemiology and research ethics. He is an active researcher and frequent Principal Investigator on studies addressing a vast array of methodological, health and ethical topics. Dr. Oakes has authored over 75 papers exploring problems at the intersection of social and medical sciences; his first text entitled Methods in Social Epidemiology was released in 2006. He is widely known for his seminal work on how social stratification and social interaction complicates inferences drawn from many common research designs and statistical methods in public health research. Among other duties, he is vice-chair of the University of Minnesota’s IRB system and its conflict of interest committee. Dr. Oakes teaches several graduate-level courses in statistical methods and social epidemiology, including group-randomized trials and advanced epidemiologic methods. He is Associate Editor of Health and Place and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Causal Inference.