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Dr. Steven M. Grice is a research professor and executive director of Mississippi State University’s National Strategic Planning and Analysis Research Center (NSPARC), an internationally recognized multidisciplinary social and data science research center that provides tailored research, analysis, and software architecture services with an emphasis on workforce and economic development. Dr. Grice provides vision and leadership for the center and with an emphasis on inclusive models of collaboration to provide strategic solutions for government, industry, and non-profit entities.

Dr. Grice has been instrumental in bringing in over $110 million in research funding. He works closely with his leadership team to coordinate and manage the work of research faculty, postdoctoral researchers, professional staff, and graduate students across disciplines including sociology, economics, statistics, computer science, communication, and engineering. Dr. Grice also serves as the director of Mississippi’s Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS) State Data Clearinghouse.

Dr. Grice’s research interests and expertise is in the area of data science as applied to education, economics, and workforce development, especially as it pertains to policymaking and data governance around information and data sharing, improving governmental and business efficiency, and integrated information system design. Dr. Grice has authored or co-authored more than 70 journal articles, book chapters, policy briefs, and reports. He is published in many areas and his work appears in technical reports, book chapters, policy briefs, and journals such as Demography, Rural Sociology, Society and Natural Resources, Journal of the Community Development Society, Social Science Quarterly, Southern Rural Sociology, Sociological Spectrum, and Journal of Poverty.

Dr. Grice earned his doctoral degree in Sociology from Mississippi State University.

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