Paul von Hippel is a professor of public policy, sociology, statistics and data science at the University of Texas, Austin, known for his work on summer learning, summer weight gain, research design, replicability of research, 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 statistical methods within 15 years of receiving a PhD. Before his academic career, he worked as a data scientist, using predictive analytics to help banks prevent fraud. He holds degrees in statistics and sociology from Ohio State University, as well as degrees in music from Yale and Stanford. He still plays jazz piano.