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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.

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 fifth international workshop on game-theoretic probability was held at Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas, in Guanajuato, Mexico, on November 2014.

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 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. In 1992, he moved to the Rutgers Business School, where he has served as doctoral director and dean. As dean, he devoted new resources to helping undergraduate students prepare for their careers. He explained his philosophy of education in his 2010 commencement address for the Graduate School of Rutgers University - Newark: “You are the face and future of opportunity.”

Glenn and his wife Nell Painter, artist and distinguished professor emerita of history at Princeton University, live in Newark, New Jersey's largest and most vibrant city. Nell’s most recent book is The History of White People.




Research on Game-Theoretic
Probability and Finance

Research on Causality
Research on Dempster-
Shafer Theory of Evidence

Research on Algorithmic
Learning Theory

Work with doctoral students
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