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Claire Bowen
Principal Research Associate
Statistical Methods Group Lead
Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population
Statistical Methods Group
Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center
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  • Driven by childhood curiosity, I initially explored physics to solve real-world problems. Now, as a data privacy scientist, I seek to make a positive impact across various fields for society.

    Claire McKay Bowen is a principal research associate in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population and leads the Statistical Methods Group at the Urban Institute. Her research focuses on developing and assessing the quality of data privacy and confidentiality methods and improving science communication. In 2021, the Committee of Presidents of Statistical Societies identified her as an emerging leader in statistics for her technical contributions and leadership to statistics and the field of data privacy and confidentiality. Further, she is a member of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and other data governance and privacy committees, as well as an adjunct professor at Stonehill College.

    Bowen holds an honors BS in mathematics and physics from Idaho State University and an MS and PhD in statistics from the University of Notre Dame. After completing her PhD, she worked at Los Alamos National Laboratory, where she investigated cosmic ray effects on supercomputers.

    2020 Census

    Outside Affiliations
    Census Bureau
    Census Scientific Advisory Committee
    Future of Privacy Forums
    Advisory Board
    Stonehill College

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