Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel

Associate Professor of the Practice of Statistical Science

External address: 
Department of Statistical Scie, 214 Old Chemistry Bldg Duke Un, Durham, NC 27708-0251
Internal office address: 
Department of Statistical Scie, Box 90251, 214 Old Chemistry B, Durham, NC 27708-0251
(919) 684-5956
Office Hours: 
STA 112FS: Mondays 1-3pm & Wednesdays by appointmentDUS: Tuesdays 1:30 - 3:30pm


I am the Director of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University. I received my Ph.D. in Statistics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.S. in Actuarial Science from New York University’s Stern School of Business. My work focuses on innovation in statistics pedagogy, with an emphasis on student-centered learning, computation, reproducible research, and open-source education.

Interested in majoring in statistics?

If you would like to meet to discuss the Statistical Science major, send me an email to schedule an appointment. Also visit the department website as many of your questions can also be answered there.


I primarily work on developing pedagogical approaches for teaching statistics with a focus on the introductory statistics classroom, such as active learning, flipped classroom, and team-based learning. I also work on research projects that aim to assess the effectiveness of these approaches with respect to learning, retention, and self-efficacy.

Statistical computing

Another area that I am heavily involved in is integrating computation into the undergraduate statistics curriculum, using reproducible research methodologies and analysis of real and complex datasets. I also work on ways for supplementing classroom approaches to teaching statistical thinking via events like DataFest, annual two-day competition in which teams of undergraduate students work to reveal insights into a rich and complex data set.

Open-access education

I am also very active in open access education. I have co-authored three open-source statistics textbooks as part of the OpenIntro project at the introductory college and advanced high school level. Also as part of the open education effort, I have been developing and teaching various massive open online courses.

Applied statistics research

My applied statistics research is mostly driven by interdisciplinary collaborations that arise from statistical consulting. Recently I have worked closely with evolutionary anthropologists on a project using hierarchical modeling, and with medical school researchers on a variety of applied problems.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles 2011

  • M.S., University of California at Los Angeles 2009

  • B.S., New York University 2004

The COMPASS PROJECT awarded by Howard Hughes Medical Institute (Co Investigator). 2014 to 2019

Diez, D, Barr, C, and Çetinkaya-Rundel, M. OpenIntro Statistics. July 2, 2015.

Diez, D, Barr, C, Çetinkaya-Rundel, M, and Dorazio, L. Advanced High School Statistics. May 10, 2015.

Diez, DM, Barr, CD, and Çetinkaya-Rundel, M. Introductory Statistics with Randomization and Simulation. July 18, 2014.

Shapiro, HB, Lee, CH, Wyman Roth, NE, Li, K, Çetinkaya-Rundel, M, and Canelas, DA. "Understanding the massive open online course (MOOC) student experience: An examination of attitudes, motivations, and barriers." Computers & Education 110 (July 2017): 35-50. Full Text

Feldblum, JT, Wroblewski, EE, Rudicell, RS, Hahn, BH, Paiva, T, Cetinkaya-Rundel, M, Pusey, AE, and Gilby, IC. "Sexually coercive male chimpanzees sire more offspring." Current biology : CB 24.23 (December 2014): 2855-2860. Full Text Open Access Copy

Baumer, B, Cetinkaya-Rundel, M, Bray, A, Loi, L, and Horton, NJ. "R Markdown: Integrating A Reproducible Analysis Tool into Introductory Statistics." Technology Innovations in Statistics Education 8.1 (2014). Open Access Copy

Kosins, AM, Scholz, T, Cetinkaya, M, and Evans, GRD. "Evidence-based value of subcutaneous surgical wound drainage: The largest systematic review and meta-analysis." Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 132.2 (2013): 443-450. Full Text

Bocanegra, HTD, Rostovtseva, D, Cetinkaya, M, Rundel, C, and Lewis, C. "Quality of reproductive health services tolimited English proficient (LEP) patients." Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved 22.4 (2011): 1167-1178. Full Text