Paul von Hippel is an associate professor of public policy, sociology, statistics and data science at the University of Texas in Austin, best known for his work on summer learning, summer weight gain, research design, and missing data. He works on evidence-based policy, education and inequality, and the obesity epidemic. He has won three best-article awards for his work on education and obesity, as well as the 2019 Leo Goodman Award for “contributions to sociological methodology or innovative uses of sociological methodology made by a scholar who is no more than 15 years past the date of the PhD.”. Before his academic career, he worked as both a church music director and a data scientist, using predictive analytics to help banks prevent fraud. He is trying to pick up jazz piano.