Glenn Shafer is well known for his work in the 1970s and 1980s on the Dempster-Shafer theory, especially for his path-breaking book, A Mathematical Theory of Evidence. There is now a society devoted to the advancement of this theory, the Belief Functions and Applications Society. Its first international workshop was held in Brest in April 2010.
Glenn is also increasingly known for his initiation, with Vladimir Vovk, of the game-theoretic framework for probability. They are now preparing a second edition of their book on the topic, Probability and Finance: It’s Only a Game! The third international workshop on game-theoretic probability was held at Royal Holloway University of London in June 2010.
In 2009, Glenn and his colleague Arthur Dempster were awarded honorary doctorates in economics by the University of Economics, Prague. The work for which this honored was bestowed is explained in the university's press release and in Glenn's talk at the ceremony. The university recorded a video of the event [Video-Low][Video-High].
Glenn is Board of Governors Professor at Rutgers University. He currently serves as Dean of the Rutgers Business School – Newark and New Brunswick. He previously served as Director of the School's doctoral program. This program trains students for careers as business school professors – an opportunity often overlooked by academically oriented students completing bachelor's and master's degrees in the mathematical and social sciences. See the program's frequently asked questions. After his service as Dean, Glenn plans to return to advising doctoral students in several of the program's majors, including accounting, finance, information technology, and management science.
Glenn spent his childhood on a farm near Caney, Kansas. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematical statistics from Princeton University in 1973. After teaching at Princeton for three years, he returned to Kansas, where he taught in the mathematics department and the business school. He moved to Rutgers in 1992.
Since 2002, Glenn and his wife Nell Painter, artist and distinguished professor emerita of history at Princeton University, have lived in Newark, New Jersey's largest and most vibrant city. Nell’s most recent book is The History of White People.
In 2010, Glenn was the speaker at the commencement ceremony for the Rutgers Graduate School–Newark. His theme was “You are the face and future of opportunity.”