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 is an associate professor of public policy, sociology, statistics and data science at The University of Texas in Austin, known for his work on summer learning, summer weight gain, research design, replicability of research and missing data. He works on evidence-based policy, education and inequality, and the obesity epidemic. Dr. von Hippel has won three best-article awards for his work on education and obesity, as well as the 2019 Leo Goodman Award for contributions to statistical methods within 15 years of receiving a Ph.D. Before his academic career, he worked as a data scientist, using predictive analytics to help banks prevent fraud. He holds degrees in statistics and sociology from The Ohio State University, as well as degrees in music from Yale and Stanford. He still plays jazz piano.

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


NewsMarch 15, 2022
LBJ faculty, students present research on environment and energy, COVID and learning, equity, reproductive health at APPAM

Professors and students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will lead conversations and present research across an array of policy areas at APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Austin March 27–29.

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Media MentionMarch 25, 2021
Has COVID-19 created an opportunity to transition to year-round school?

The coronavirus pandemic has educators re-imagining how K-12 education will look in the future. As part of WKSU's "Learning Curve," our "OH Really?" team received a question about whether now might be a good time to transition to a year-round calendar for public schools and what that could mean for students, parents and teachers.

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Media MentionNovember 4, 2020
Why 'close-call' presidential elections are happening more often

Although the country has historically seen some incredibly tight elections—including a literal tie in 1800—polarization is making such victories increasingly likely.

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