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


Media MentionSeptember 6, 2019
True or false: The summer learning slide is real

Researchers are looking afresh at an influential study that showed the achievement gap between rich and poor students widens during summers.

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NewsJuly 18, 2019
LBJ Professor Paul von Hippel honored by the American Sociological Association

LBJ Associate Professor Paul von Hippel is the 2019 winner of the American Sociological Association's Leo Goodman Award, conferred by the organization's methodology section to recognize a scholar’s contributions to the field of methodology or innovative uses of sociological methodology early in his or her career — no more than 15 years after earning a Ph.D.

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Media MentionJune 11, 2019
Research shows fears about kids’ learning loss over the summer were overblown

Some parents and teachers worry that, during the summer, kids will forget much of what they learned during the school year. But new research shows that those fears may not be based on fact, especially when it comes to learning loss for kids who come from socioeconomically disadvantaged families.

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