Professor Larry HEDGES

Yidan Prize for Education Research Laureate 2018; Chair of the Department of Statistics, Northwestern University

Chairman of the Department of Statistics, Board of Trustees Professor of Statistics; Education and Social Policy; Psychology; and Medical Social Sciences, and Faculty Fellow of the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University in Chicago is the Yidan Prize Laureate for Education Research 2018.

Professor Larry HEDGES is one of the most influential applied statisticians in the world. His work in educational policy allows policymakers, educators and the general public to see the evidence for “what works” in the field of education, and makes it possible to take a scientific approach to improving education for future generations.

Professor HEDGES has authored or co-authored ten books and numerous journal articles, including the seminal Statistical Methods for Meta-Analysis (with I. Olkin, Elsevier, 1985) and The Handbook of Research Synthesis and Meta-Analysis (with H. Cooper and J. Valentine, Russell Sage, 2009). He is an elected member of the National Academy of Education and is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Statistical Association, the American Psychological Association, and the American Educational Research Association. He is also a member of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, which established an annual endowed lecture in his honor. He was selected to give the inaugural Hedges Lecture in 2016. Professor HEDGES was nominated by President Barack Obama to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences, was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in June 2012, and was elected Chair of the Board in 2016.

He was elected “Statistician of the Year” by the Chicago chapter of the American Statistical Association for 2013-14. In 2018, he became the third American to be elected an Honorary Member of the European Association of Methodology.