Nicholas P. Jewell is Professor of Biostatistics and Statistics at the University of California, Berkeley. Since arriving at Berkeley in 1981, he has held various academic and administrative positions, most notably serving as vice provost from 1994 to 2000. He’s also served as an assistant professor of statistics at Princeton University (1979 to 1981), and he’s held academic appointments at the University of Edinburgh, Oxford University, and at the University of Kyoto. In 2007, he was a Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study Center in Italy.

Nicholas is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association, the Institute of Mathematical Statistics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received the 2012 Marvin Zelen Leadership Award in Statistical Science from Harvard University. He is the 2005 winner of the Snedecor Award from COPSS, and he won the Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health in 2004. In 2000, he was honored by the Director’s Award from the Federal Emergency Management Agency for providing “extraordinary leadership and vision in implementing strategies that enhance the disaster resistance of the University of California, Berkeley, and universities throughout America.” In addition, the 2005 Alfred E. Alquist Award was given to UC Berkeley’s SAFER program, which he launched and led for many years.

He was educated at the University of Edinburgh where he received a first class Honours degree in Applied Mathematics in 1973, and a doctorate in Mathematics in 1976. Immediately following his graduate program he was appointed to a Harkness Fellowship from 1976 to 1978, which he held at the University of California, Berkeley and at Stanford University.

He has been involved with HRDAG since 2010, and has enjoyed many collaborative engagements with investigations that focused on the counting of civilian casualties in times of conflict. He is currently jointly developing an undergraduate course at UC Berkeley on quantitative methods in human rights that will be a component of the Human Rights minor.

Nicholas served on the HRDAG Scientific Advisory Committee from 2013 to 2021.

Our work has been used by truth commissions, international criminal tribunals, and non-governmental human rights organizations. We have worked with partners on projects on five continents.