Felix Elwert

Felix Elwert, Ph.D., is the Romnes Professor of Sociology, and affiliated Professor of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, and Population Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His research focuses on causal inference in the observational social and biomedical sciences. He is the winner of the 2013 Causality in Statistics Education Award from the American Statistical Association.


Elwert investigates under which circumstances non-experimental data can reveal causal effects. Current projects include puzzling patterns of old-age mortality; the use of genes as instrumental variables in social network analysis; parental wealth effects on student test scores; neighborhood effects; and the uses of graphical causal models for applied observational research.

Elwert obtained his Ph.D. at Harvard in 2007, where he studied sociology and statistics. He is a highly regarded teacher and regularly offers courses on causal inference in the United States and Europe. His work has appeared in leading journals, including the American Journal of Sociology, Demography, the American Sociological Review, and the American Journal of Public Health. He has received multiple Honored Instructor awards at UW–Madison

Elwert won the first Causality in Statistics Education Award, given by the American Statistical Association for his seminar on Causal Inference Using Directed Graphs.

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