Robert Porter (London, Ontario, Canada, 1955) graduated from the University of Western Ontario (Canada), before completing a PhD at Princeton University in 1981.
He has held visiting appointments at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of California, Berkeley and Yale University, among other institutions. Since 1993, he has held the post of William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor at Northwestern University.
He is a Fellow of the Econometric Society and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2009 was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Industrial Organization Society. He is a former coeditor of Econometrica, the RAND Journal of Economics, the American Economic Journal: Microeconomics and the Handbook of Industrial Organization.