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Charles Wheelan

Yahoo Journalist and NPR Contributor; Author of Naked Economics and Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

Yahoo Journalist and NPR Contributor; Author of Naked Economics and Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data

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Charles Wheelan Biography

Charles Wheelan is a senior lecturer and policy fellow at the Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. He joined the Dartmouth faculty fulltime in June of 2012.

Wheelans most recent book, Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data, was released by W.W. Norton in January of 2013. Three weeks later, it reached the New York Times bestseller list for hardback nonfiction. The San Francisco Chronicle called it a "brilliant, funny new book." The New York Times described Wheelan as the "Dave Barry of the coin-flipping set."

From 2004 to 2012, Wheelan was a senior lecturer in public policy at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago. He taught several courses on understanding the policy process for Masters students. For the 2004-05 academic year, he was voted Professor of the Year in a Non-Core Course by the Harris School student body.

In March of 2009, Wheelan ran unsuccessfully for Congress as the representative from the Illinois 5th District in the special election to replace Rahm Emanuel. In its editorial assessing the race, the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, "Voters will find a ballot filled with impressive and thoughtful candidates . . . especially Charlie Wheelan, a University of Chicago lecturer who combines a razor-sharp mind with a boatload of charm and an impressive expertise in economics and foreign policy. We expect great things from Wheelan in the future."

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Chicago, Wheelan was Director of Policy and Communications for Chicago Metropolis 2020, a business-backed civic group promoting healthy regional growth in the Chicago area.

From 1997 to 2002, Wheelan was the Midwest correspondent for The Economist. His story on Americas burgeoning ex-convict population was the August 10, 2002, cover story. He has written freelance articles for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other publications.

Wheelans first book, Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, was published by W.W. Norton & Company in 2002. The book, an accessible and entertaining introduction to economics for lay readers, was released in paperback in September 2003 and is now published in 13 languages, including Arabic and Hebrew. The Chicago Tribune described Naked Economics as "clear, concise, informative and (gasp) witty."

In 2007, Naked Economics was selected by 360 Degrees of Reading as one of the 360 books that every college bound student should read, alongside authors ranging from Sophocles to Malcolm X. Naked Economics was also selected as one of "The 100 Best Business Books of All Time" by 800-CEO-READ.

Wheelan is also the author of 10 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said andAn Introduction to Public Policy, a comprehensive textbook on public policy published by W.W. Norton in November of 2010.

Wheelan holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago, a Masters in Public Affairs from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Dartmouth College. He lives in Chicago with his wife and three children.

Charles Wheelan Speaking Topics

  • What the Heck is Going On?

    In this talk, Charles Wheelan reveals how a series of events led to the economic crisis we face today--and how to avoid them in the future. Also: now that we are in this mess, how, practically, can we get out of it? What, specifically, does your industry need to know to weather this financial crisis, and how do you come out the other side, robust and profitable once again?

  • Economic Priorities for the Country

    We are facing a seismic shift in the economic future of the industrialized world, and U.S. leaders will have to blaze a near-perfect direction of economic oversight, including crucial moves with taxes, stimulus programs, regulation and increased government involvement in key financial industries. Find out what these moves are, how they affect your industry, and what the future holds in store, economically, in this fascinating talk.

  • Naked Statistics Meets Big Data: Stripping the Dread from the Data

    "Data are to statistics what a good offensive line is to a star quarterback." Everyone’s talking about big data. But what we should focus on, instead, is statistics. Data is like a resource—a raw fuel that is abundant, but formless. It’s just there. Statistics are what allow us to turn data into intelligence, into pragmatic action in government, the corporate world, science, innovation, education. Without this interpretive filter, we are left asking bad questions, which leads to bigger bad answers. In this talk, Charles Wheelan turns data on its head, makes it comprehensible, and—with humor and real world examples—shows you how to turn this suddenly “sexy” concept into something actually, and endlessly, useful. His case studies are relatable and resonant: How does Netflix know which movies you’ll like? Why is autism on the rise? How can we catch schools that cheat on standardized testing? How can we become more effective marketers? These are just a handful of examples. He also customizes for various industries, pulling out the newest and most illuminating intelligence. In the end, you’ll come to see how you can exploit the valuable data all around you to solve your thorniest problems. Wheelan’s keynote is witty, fast-moving, and essential—it’s one of the most useful statistics and big data talk you’ll hear. Also, the most fun!

Charles Wheelan Videos

  • Naked Statistics - Stripping the Dread from the Data- Presentation by ...
  • TEDxDartmouth - Charlie Wheelan - Why You Should Love Government

Charles Wheelan Books

  • The Centrist Manifesto
    The Centrist Manifesto
  • Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
    Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data
  • 10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said
    10 1/2 Things No Commencement Speaker Has Ever Said
  • Introduction to Public Policy
    Introduction to Public Policy
  • Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (Fully Revised and Updated)
    Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science (Fully Revised and Updated)

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Charles Wheelan is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as What the Heck is Going On?, Economic Priorities for the Country and Naked Statistics Meets Big Data: Stripping the Dread from the Data. The estimated speaking fee range to book Charles Wheelan for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Charles Wheelan generally travels from Chicago, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tal Ben-Shahar, Nicholas Burns, Charles Robertson, Avi Rubin and David R. Dow. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Charles Wheelan for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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