Kirsten West

Kirsten West retired from the U.S. Census Bureau in 2015.

She worked as a statistician/demographer specializing in measurement of census coverage error and data quality. She worked in the Population Division's area of population estimation and projections. From 1996-97 and 2005-07, she was assigned to work at the National Academy of Sciences under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act. She was awarded four Bronze Medals for Superior Federal Service.

She has published in Academic Press, Congressional Quarterly, Greenwood Press, National Academy Press, Sage and the following journals: Population Research and Policy Review, Public Opinion Quarterly, Sociological Inquiry, Survey Methodology Journal, Population and Environment, Canadian Studies in Population and Journal of Biosocial Sciences. She has made close to 50 presentations at professional meetings.

She was elected to the board of directors for the Southern Demographic Association and served as its President (1994-95). She served as Secretary in the American Statistical Association Section on Social Statistics and as Program Chair for the Government Statistics Section.

She received a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.