Professor David A. Swanson is a professor of sociology at the University of California Riverside.
He has served as member of the U.S. Census Bureau’s Scientific Advisory Committee for six years and chaired the group for two years (2004-10).
Swanson has given hundreds of presentations before professional associations. In 2010, he presented “Developing Small Area Population Estimates for Use in Health Information Systems” in the Introductory Plenary Session at the 19th International Conference of the Forum for Interdisciplinary Mathematics, held at Patna University in India.
In addition to his presentations, hundreds of reports, and 30 non-refereed journal articles, Swanson has authored or co-authored over 90 refereed journal articles, mainly dealing with demography, especially methods for doing small area estimation and forecasting.
Swanson has received more than $2.3 million in grants and contracts and was the principal investigator of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation to assess the demographic and social impacts of Hurricane Katrina on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. In addition to many media interviews, he has testified before the US Congress and state legislative bodies. Swanson has also served as an expert witness in court cases and is the recipient of two Fulbright awards.
Swanson speaks, reads and writes Finnish poorly, but can speak, read, and write Swedish reasonably well. His Ph.D. and M.A. are from the University of Hawai‘i (sociology, with a concentration in population studies) and his B.S. is from Western Washington University (with a major in sociology and a minor in mathematics). Swanson also holds a graduate diploma in social sciences from the University of Stockholm.