Ashley Clark

Clinical Assistant Professor
Director, Center for Survey Research

(812) 855-4517
Room Number:
Eigenmann 210-S

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.S., University of Maryland, 1998
  • B.A., University of North Carolina, 1995


  • Introduction to Survey Research
  • Research Design and Methods in Public Affairs


Professor Ashley Bowers Clark teaches and conducts research on survey methods and serves in a lead methodologist role on research studies. Her primary research interests include survey methodology, human resource management (including management of contingent employees), and positive organizational scholarship.

Prior to joining IU in 2011, Clark spent more than 15 years directing survey operations and leading survey research projects at University of Michigan and University of North Carolina. She has co-authored cross-cultural survey research guidelines and published on the design of the World Mental Health Survey Initiative. She served as sampling statistician and methodological consultant for a 2013 book co-authored with SPEA colleague Beth Gazley: What Makes High-Performing Boards: Effective Governance Practices in Member-Serving Organizations. Clark's research on nonresponse error and interviewer turnover has been presented at the American Statistical Association's Joint Statistical Meetings and the American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference.

Clark directs the Center for Survey Research, a research facility of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research. The Center provides research design and data collection services for academic, nonprofit and for-profit clients. She has authored or co-authored several technical research reports at the Center. She also provides pro bono research consultation to individuals, groups, and nonprofits in the local community through her survey research class and role at the Center. Clark currently serves on the Executive Committee of the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations.


  • Executive Committee, Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations
  • Grant Award ($26,500) for Study of Non-Participation Bias in Indiana Youth Survey and Indiana College Substance Use Survey, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (through Indiana Prevention Resource Center)
  • Funding Award ($23,000) for Reliability and Validity Study of Survey Center Tool, National Association of Independent Schools
  • Award Recipient, Charles Cannell Fund in Survey Methodology
  • Director, Statistics and Methodology Unit, Survey Research Center, University of Michigan

In the News

Selected Works

  • “Demand for benefit taxation: Evidence from public opinion on road financing,” (with D. Duncan, S. Giroux, J. Graham & V. Nadella). Public Budgeting and Finance (forthcoming)
  • “Bumpy designs: Impact of privacy and technology costs on support for road mileage user fees,” (with D. Duncan, S. Giroux, J. Graham & V. Nadella). National Tax Journal, 67(3): 505-530 (2014)
  • What Makes High-Performing Boards: Effective Governance Practices in Member-Serving Organizations (with B. Gazley). Washington, DC: American Society of Association Executives (2013)
  • “Survey quality,” (Chapter 2) (with G. Benson, B. Duffey, S.E. Hansen, Y. Lin & B-E. Pennell) in Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines (2010).
  • “Ethical considerations in surveys,” (Chapter 3) (with K. Alcser, C. Antoun, J. Clemens, & C. Lien) in Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines (2010).
  • “Implementation of the world mental health survey initiative” (with B.E. Pennell, et al.) The World Mental Health Survey Initiative Volume One: Patterns of Mental Illness in the WMH Surveys (R.C. Kessler & T.B. Ustun, (Eds.). New York: Cambridge University Press (2008)
  • “Issues facing the field: Alternative practical measures of representativeness of survey respondent pools,” (with R.M. Groves, et al.), Survey Practice, American Association for Public Opinion Research (2008)

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