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


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 the University of Michigan and the University of North Carolina. Clark is currently conducting research on attitudes toward shale gas development as part of O'Neill’s Shale Gas Working Research Group and has co-authored articles on public support for road mileage user fees with O'Neill colleagues Denvil Duncan and Dean John Graham. She served as sampling statistician and methodological consultant for a 2013 book co-authored with O'Neill 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.


  • 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

  • “The road mileage user fee: Level, intensity, and predictors of public support,” (with D. Duncan, V. Nadella, S. Giroux & J.D. Graham). Transport Policy, 53: 70-78 (2017).
  • Survey quality,” (with S.E. Hansen, G. Benson, B-E Pennell, B. Duffey, M. Hu & K. Cibelli Hibben). In Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines (2016).
  • “Searching for a tolerable tax: Public attitudes toward roadway financing alternatives,” (with D. Duncan, V. Nadella, S. Giroux & J.D. Graham). Public Finance Review, 1-23 (June 21, 2016).
  • “Fee disbursements and the local acceptance of unconventional gas development: Insights from Pennsylvania,” (with N.H. Paydar, J.A. Rupp & J.D. Graham). Energy Research & Social Science, 20, 31-44 (2016).
  • “The effect of community reinvestment funds on local acceptance of unconventional gas development,” (with N. Paydar, O. Schenk, S. Carley, J. Rupp & J.D. Graham). Economics of Energy & Environmental Policy, 5(1), 131-156 (2016).
  • “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).

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