David Cantor

Vice President

David Cantor, PhD, has more than 25 years of experience in designing surveys and evaluating the impact of social policy in the areas of health, crime and victimization, social welfare and family leave. Cantor has designed data collection methods for major economic and social surveys and has published on a wide range of survey methodological topics, including nonresponse, panel conditioning, incentives, organizational surveys, and measurement error.

Cantor has served as Associate Chair and Chair of the Standards Committee, American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) and as the Chair of the American Statistical Association’s Committee of Law and Justice Statistics.

As Co-Principal Investigator, he was part of a team of researchers that won the 2014 Policy Impact Award from AAPOR for work on measuring rape and sexual assault among juveniles in residential placement. He has been a lecturer in statistical methods at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Cantor is a research professor Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland.

In recognition of his contributions to the field, Cantor has been named a Westat Senior Statistical Fellow and serves on the Statistical Fellows Committee, which provides consultation on important survey statistics issues and addresses recent advances in applied statistics.


  • PhD, Sociology (with a concentration in Applied Social Statistics), University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • MS, Mathematical Statistics, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
  • AB, Sociology, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign

Areas of Expertise

Selected Publications

Cantor D., Fisher B., Chibnall S., Harps S., Townsend R., Thomas G., Lee H., Kranz V., Herbison R., and Madden K. (2019).

Report on the AAU Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct.

Brick J.M., Caporaso A., Williams D., and Cantor D. (2019).

Reaching Spanish-speakers in self-administered surveys.

Yan T. and Cantor D. (2019).

Asking survey questions about criminal justice involvement.

Maitland A., Lin A., Cantor D., Jones M., Moser R., Hesse B., Davis T., and Blake K. (2017).

A nonresponse bias analysis of the Health Information National Trends Survey (HINTS).

Yan T. and Cantor D. (2017).

Asking criminal justice involvement questions.

Blake K.D., Portnoy D.B., Kaufman A.R., Lin C.J., Lo S.C., Backlund E., Cantor D., Hicks L., Lin T., Caporaso A., Davis T., Moser R.P., and Hesse B.W. (2016).

Rationale, procedures, and response rates for the 2015 administration of NCI's Health Information National Trends Survey: HINTS-FDA 2015.

Mercer A., Caporaso A., Cantor D., and Townsend R. (2015).

How much gets you how much? Monetary incentives and response rates in household surveys.

Miller N., Sizov N., Mullins C.D., and Cantor D. (2014).

New research on community reaction to aircraft noise in the United States.

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