von Hippel, Paul | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Computer-Based Music Research, Stanford University
  • Ph.D. in Sociology, Ohio State University
  • M.A.S. in Statistics, Ohio State University
  • B.A. in Music, Yale University
Research Areas
  • Evidence-Based Policy
  • Educational Inequality
  • Obesity
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Social Policy

Paul von Hippel studies evidence-based policy, educational inequality and the relationship between schooling, health and obesity. He is an expert on research design and missing data, and he is a three-time winner of best article awards from the education and methodology sections of the American Sociological Association. Before his academic career, he was a data scientist who developed fraud-detection scores for banks including JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the Bank of America.

Media Expertise
  • Banking
  • Obesity
  • Education Policy
  • Fraud
  • Statistics


NewsMay 8, 2018
Ranking teacher-prep programs on value-added is usually futile

Can student test performance reliably identify more and less effective teacher-preparation programs? In a new article for Education Next, Paul T. von Hippel of the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and Laura Bellows of Duke University find that the answer is usually no.

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FeatureMay 1, 2018
New research challenges Kentucky Derby post positions

On Tuesday, May 1, the Churchill Downs race track held a random draw to determine the post positions of horses entered in Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

New research from Paul von Hippel, an associate professor of public affairs, and LBJ School master’s students George Basaly, Ashlee Frandell and Laura Santos finds that post position may not matter at all. In fact, the research finds post position has little or no effect on a horse’s chances to win, place or show.

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NewsJune 15, 2017
LBJ School Student-Drafted Legislation Passes House Higher Education Committee

Six LBJ School students wrote a bill to improve coordination between high schools and higher education institutions regarding dual-credit courses.

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