Type: Seminar
Host: Ford School

2020 Census: Citizenship, Science, Politics, and Privacy

Date & time

Oct 31, 2018, 8:30 am-12:00 pm EDT

Free and open to the public. Event will be live streamed: http://bit.ly/ISRCensusStream

In the early months of 2018 conversations, controversy, and lawsuits over the possible addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census form dominated headlines. The topic has only continued to heat up as we move closer to a decision on the matter and as preparations for the decennial Census are underway. What is really at stake if the 2020 Census gets an inaccurate count?


Join us and our panel of stakeholders and scholars as they discuss the complexities of these issues, as well as the Census itself: the politics affected by it and the science behind the design.

The event will be a half-day symposium at which scholars, public officials, private sector representatives, and other census stakeholders will address preparations for the 2020 Census and the challenges it faces, include funding, the proposed citizenship question, and the implications of an inaccurate count.

Al Fontenot, Associate Director, Decennial Census Program, U.S. Census Bureau
James House, Angus Campbell Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Survey Research, Public Policy, and Sociology, University of Michigan
Barbara Anderson, Ronald A. Freedman Collegiate Professor of Sociology and Population Studies, University of Michigan
Jason Owen-Smith, Director for the Institute for Research on Innovation & Science (IRIS) (U-M)
Joelle Abramowitz, Director of the Michigan Research Data Center
Jowei Chen, Research Associate Professor, Center for Political Studies, Institute for Social Research and Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Michigan
John Marcotte, Research Faculty & Data Security Officer, ICPSR

Hosted by the Institute for Social Research, and co-sponsored by the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Questions may be directed to [email protected]