About Sharon

Sharon Lohr researches and writes about statistics: where they come from, how to interpret them, and how to tell the good statistics from the bad.

After receiving her Ph.D. in statistics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sharon taught for 25 years at the University of Minnesota and Arizona State University, where she was Dean’s Distinguished Professor of Statistics. As a Vice President at Westat, she developed survey designs and statistical analysis methods for use in transportation, public health, crime measurement, and education. She now does freelance statistical consulting and writing.

See the feature article about Sharon in the September 2018 issue of Amstat News.



Selected Honors and Awards

Fellow, American Statistical Association, 2000. Citation: “For development of methodology, innovative teaching methods, and materials for survey sampling; and for statistical consulting and applications in criminology and law.”

Gertrude M. Cox Statistics Award (inaugural recipient), 2003. Citation: For “significant contributions to statistical practice."

Elected Member, International Statistical Institute, 2004.

Morris H. Hansen Memorial Lecturer, 2009.

Deming Lecturer Award, 2014. Citation: “Sharon Lohr, Ph.D., is recognized internationally as an outstanding statistician, who has made fundamental contributions in survey sampling, small area inference, and experimental design. From her theoretical contributions, to her influence over the teaching and application of survey sampling techniques, to her work in educational evaluation, and service to the profession of statistics; Deming's Code of Professional Conduct has served as a blueprint for Dr. Lohr's career.” Video of lecture

Featured in “Celebrating Women in Statistics and Data Science,” Amstat News, 2018

CRC Press Statistics Author of the Month, July 2019

Member of the Committee on National Statistics of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, 2019- present.