Alan Gerber is the Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Dean of the Social Science Division of the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science, Faculty in Residence at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He is also co-director of the Center for the Study of American Politics at Yale University. His current research focuses on the application of experimental methods to the study of campaign communications, and he has designed and performed experimental evaluations of many political communications programs, both partisan and non-partisan in nature.
He has received various academic honors and awards, including the Best Book Award from the APSA Organized Section on Experimental Research (2013) and the Heinz Eulau Award for the best article in the American Political Science Review (2002), and was recently selected to be a fellow at the Society for Political Methodology (elected 2016). He was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2009) and the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences (2011), and was a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences (2004-2005).
He has served as president of the APSA Organized Section on Experimental Research as well the chair of the APSA Organized Section on Experimental Research Reporting Standards Committee. Professor Gerber is also a Faculty Research Associate in Political Economy at NBER and a Faculty Affiliate at the Jameel Poverty Action Lab-North America.
He received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986 and his Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994.