Michael Oakes is an Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health and co-Director of the University of Minnesota’s US Census Research Data Center. He is an active researcher and frequent principal investigator on a wide variety of NIH, NSF, and RWJF funded studies addressing a vast array of methodological, health, social, and ethical topics. Dr. Oakes has authored over 85 papers exploring problems at the intersection of social and health sciences. His first book entitled <i>Methods in Social Epidemiology</i> was released in 2006; the second edition is now being completed. Dr. Oakes teaches several doctoral-level courses, including “Design and Analysis of Group Randomized Trials;” “Advanced Epidemiologic Methods;” and “Social Epidemiology.” Among other honors, he was named a McKnight Presidential Fellow and recently won both his school’s highest teaching honors. Dr. Oakes is Associate Editor of Health & Place; on the editorial board of the Journal of Causal Inference.