Ph.D. in Statistics, Iowa State University of Science and TechnologyM.S. in Mathematics, University of South FloridaB.S. in Mathematics, University of South Florida

Dr. Sallie Ann Keller is an endowed Distinguished Professor in Biocomplexity, Director of the Social and Decision Analytics Division within the Biocomplexity Institute and Initiative at University of Virginia and Professor of Public Health Sciences. Her areas of expertise are social and decision informatics, statistical underpinnings of data science, and data access and confidentiality. Dr. Keller’s is a leading voice in creating the science of all data and advancing this research across disciplines to benefit society.

Her prior positions include Professor of Statistics and Director of the Social and Decision Analytics Laboratory within the Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech; Academic Vice-President and Provost at University of Waterloo; Director of the Institute for Defense Analyses Science and Technology Policy Institute; the William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering at Rice University; Head of the Statistical Sciences group at Los Alamos National Laboratory; Professor of Statistics at Kansas State University; and Statistics Program Director at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Keller is an Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering. She has served as a member of the National Academy of Sciences Board on Mathematical Sciences and Their Applications, the Committee on National Statistics, and has chaired the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics. She is fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, elected member of the International Statistics Institute, fellow and past president of the American Statistical Association, and member of the JASON advisory group.


  • Samuel S. Wilks Memorial Award 2021
  • Elected Member of the National Academy of Engineering 2020
  • Elected Member of Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine 2020
  • Elected Member of International Statistical Institute 2012
  • Jerome Sacks Award for Outstanding Cross-Disciplinary Research, National Institute of Statistical Sciences 2010
  • John V. Atanasoff Research and Discovery Award, Iowa State University 2009
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science 2005
  • National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2002
  • Founder’s Award American Statistical Association 2002
  • Fellow of the American Statistical Association 1997
  • Director’s Award for Outstanding Program Management, National Science Foundation 1996

Research Interests

  • The science of all data
  • Social and decision informatics
  • Statistical underpinnings of data science
  • Data access and confidentiality

In the News

Selected Publications

  • Building Resilient Cities: Harnessing the Power of Urban Analytic ABS Keller S; Shipp S . The Resilience Challenge: Looking at Resilience through Multiple Lens. Charles C. Thomas Publisher, Ltd.. 2018;
  • Harnessing the power of data to support community-based research ABS Keller S; Shipp S; Korkmaz G; Molfino E; Goldstein J; Lancaster V; Pires B; Higdon D; Chen D; Schroeder A . WIREs Computational Statistics. 2018;
  • Helping Communities Use Data to Make Better Decisions ABS Keller S; Nusser S; Shipp S; Woteki C . Issues in Science and Technology. 2018; 34(3):83-89
  • Opportunities to Observe and Measure Intangible Inputs to Innovation: Definitions, Operationalization, and Examples ABS Keller S; Korkmaz G; Robbins C; Shipp S . Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNASs). 2018; 115(50):12638-12645
  • Building Capacity for Data-Driven Governance: Creating a New Foundation for Democracy ABS Keller SA; Lancaster V; Shipp S . Statistics and Public Policy. 2017; 4(1):1-11
  • The Evolution of Data Quality: Understanding the Transdisciplinary Origins of Data Quality Concepts and Approaches ABS Keller SA; Korkmaz G; Orr M; Schroeder A; Shipp S . Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application. 2017; 4:85-108
  • Does Big Data Change the Privacy Landscape? A Review of the Issues ABS Keller SA; Shipp S; Schroeder A . Annual Review of Statistics and Its Application. 2016; 3:161-180
  • Leadership: An Untold Story ABS Keller S; Heimel J . Leadership and Women in Statistics, Golbeck AL, Olkin I, Gel YR, Eds.. Chapman and Hall/CRC. 2015; :Ch. 14
  • From Data to Policy: Scientific Excellence is our Future ABS Keller-McNulty S . Journal of the American Statistical Association. 2007; 102(478):395-399