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Colm A. O'Muircheartaigh

O'Muircheartaigh's research encompasses survey sample design, measurement errors in surveys, cognitive aspects of question wording, and latent variable models for nonresponse. He has served as a consultant to a wide range of public and commercial organizations in the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and elsewhere. Through his work with the United Nations (FAO, UNDP, UNESCO), OECD, the Commission of the European Communities, International Association for Educational Assessment (IEA), and others, O'Muircheartaigh has worked in China, Myan Mar (Burma), Kenya, Lesotho, and Peru. He has published widely on issues in survey methodology, most recently in Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Statistical Planning and Inference, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, the Journal of Official Statistics, and Quality and Quantity.

O'Muircheartaigh is a member of the editorial board of Public Opinion Quarterly, and a member of the editorial committee of the Journal of Applied Statistics and of Statistics in Transition. He was formerly an associate editor of the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A) and the Journal of Official Statistics. Formerly president of the International Association of Survey Statisticians and a council member of the International Statistical Institute, O'Muircheartaigh is actively involved in these and a number of other professional bodies. He is Chair-Elect of the Social Statistics Section of the American Statistical Association, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society, a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, and an elected member of the International Statistical Institute.

O'Muircheartaigh joined NORC and the University of Chicago from the School from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE); he was the first director of the Methodology Institute, the center for research and training in social science methodology at the LSE. He has also taught at a number of other institutions, having served as a visiting professor at the Universities of Padua, Perugia, Florence, and Bologna, and, since 1975, taught at the Summer Institute of the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.