Texas Tribune Festival


The sixth-annual Texas Tribune Festival held Sep. 23-25 at UT Austin dives into a range of topics that affect all Texans. Faculty members from across campus offer expertise on the issues addressed by sessions and speakers in the festival's tracks covering:

If you are seeking expertise on other subjects, please call University Media Relations at 512-471-3151 or consult our general Media Experts Guide.



Energy


Allen J Bard

Allen J Bard

Professor , Department of Chemistry , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 3761, ajbard@mail.utexas.edu

Known as the “Father of Electrochemistry,” bard is an internationally renowned scientist whose research innovations help shape technologies — as diverse as fuel cells and solar innovations — that rely on electrochemistry.

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

John C Butler

John C Butler

EMIC Associate Director , Department of Finance , Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 232 6821, butlerjc@mccombs.utexas.edu

Butler’s main research interests are in decision sciences such as decision analysis, operations, information systems, management science and statistics. He is a member of the INFORMS Decision Analysis Society. He is also the Affiliate director of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law and Business.

Media Contact: Samantha Harris, samantha.harris@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-6746

John S Dzienkowski

John S Dzienkowski

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 1367, jdzienkowski@law.utexas.edu

Dzienkowski teaches and writes in the areas of professional responsibility of lawyers, real property, international energy transactions, and oil and gas taxation.

Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

Brian L Evans

Brian L Evans

Professor , Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 232 1457, bevans@ece.utexas.edu

Evans’ research focuses on signal processing, increasing connection speeds and reliability in communication systems. He can discuss smart grids, utilities and power usage.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

William L Fisher

William L Fisher

Professor and Leonidas T. Barrow Centennial Chair in Mineral Resources , Department of Geological Sciences , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 5600, wfisher@mail.utexas.edu

Fisher is an expert in the areas of stratigraphy, sedimentology, and oil and gas assessment. He served in the U.S. Department of the Interior as assistant secretary for energy and minerals under President Gerald Ford and on the White House Science Council under President Ronald Reagan. He is a leader in promoting the reserve growth from existing, geologically complex oil and gas fields.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Robert E Hebner

Robert E Hebner

Director , Center for Electromechanics
+1 512 232 1628, r.hebner@cem.utexas.edu

Hebner’s research interests include microgrid performance, electrical process in algal biofuels production and electrical insulation.

Media Contact: Maureen Balleza, maureen@austin.utexas.edu, 512 232 7945

Sheila M Olmstead

Sheila M Olmstead

Associate Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 2064, sheila.olmstead@austin.utexas.edu

Olmstead is an environmental economist whose current research projects examine the environmental externalities associated with shale gas development in the U.S.

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Jon E Olson

Jon E Olson

Department Chair , Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 7375, +1 512 471 3161, jolson@austin.utexas.edu

Olson focuses on production optimization and environmental impact issues related to hydraulic fracturing and unconventional oil and gas development.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Jorge R Pinon

Jorge R Pinon

Director of Latin American and Caribbean Energy Program , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 232 4988, +1 305 926 6910, jrpinon@austin.utexas.edu

Piñon is recognized as an independent analyst of regional energy issues, as well as the geopolitics of oil and natural gas in Latin America. He has international experience in business development, joint ventures and relationship management in emerging and transitional markets, and a network of senior energy contacts in Latin America.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Varun  Rai

Varun Rai

Associate Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 5057, +1 512 471 4697, raivarun@gmail.com

Rai is an expert in policy issues concerning energy, technology, the environment and climate change. His research has been published in Harvard International Review, Newsweek, Energy Policy, Economic and Political Weekly, and IAEE Energy Forum

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Mukul M Sharma

Mukul M Sharma

Professor , Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 3257, +1 512 471 3161, msharma@mail.utexas.edu

Sharma’s current research interests include hydraulic fracturing, oilfield water management, formation damage and improved oil recovery. He has published more than 300 journal articles and conference proceedings and has 12 patents.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

David B Spence

David B Spence

Professor , Business, Government and Society , Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 0778, +1 512 471 3322, david.spence@mccombs.utexas.edu

Spence is a professor in the business, government and society department at the McCombs School of Business, and he teaches energy law at the School of Law. Spence is an attorney and expert on governmental relations and regulation, particularly energy and environmental regulation. He studies ethics and corporate social responsibility, business law and environmental law.

Media Contact: Samantha Harris, samantha.harris@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-6746

Melinda E Taylor

Melinda E Taylor

Executive Director , Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Energy, Law, and Business
+1 512 232 3641, mtaylor@law.utexas.edu

Taylor leads efforts at the KBH Center to catalyze interdisciplinary analysis, debate, and discussion of legal and policy issues relevant to energy and the environment. Drawing on extensive experience with environmental and energy law, including time as a program director for the Environmental Defense Fund, Taylor launched the School of Law's Energy Center in 2009 and later spearheaded the merger with the McCombs School of Business's energy center in 2014.

Scott W Tinker

Scott W Tinker

Director , Bureau of Economic Geology , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0209, +1 512 471 1534, scott.tinker@beg.utexas.edu

Tinker is a national leader in issues surrounding energy, from oil and gas to renewables. He focuses on facilitating communication among academia, industry, government and the public to address today’s most pressing energy issues, and their effects on the environment and economy. He is co-producer of the Switch Energy Project, an educational resource and documentary that explores different energy technologies.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Michael E Webber

Michael E Webber

Associate Professor , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 475 6867, webber@mail.utexas.edu

Webber's research focuses on the convergence of policy, technology, and resource management related to energy and environment. He is the Deputy Director of the Energy Institute and Co-Director of the Clean Energy Incubator at the Austin Technology Incubator. Many media outlets have featured his expertise and government agencies such as the Department of Energy have featured his research in their policy-making decisions.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Environment


David T Allen

David T Allen

Professor , Department of Chemical Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 0049, +1 512 475 7842, allen@che.utexas.edu

Allen is a national air quality expert. He is the author of six books and more than 200 papers in areas as diverse as coal liquefaction, heavy oil chemistry and the chemistry of urban atmospheres. For the past decade, his work has focused on urban air quality and the development of materials for environmental and engineering education. Allen was a lead investigator for the first and second Texas Air Quality Studies.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Jay L Banner

Jay L Banner

F. M. Bullard Professor , Department of Geological Sciences , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 5016, +1 512 471 6854, banner@jsg.utexas.edu

Banner’s research interests center on Earth surface processes, including climate and hydrologic processes, how they are preserved in the geologic record, and how human activity affects the sustainability of water resources. His teaching interests include sustainability, environmental science and environmental isotope geochemistry. He is involved with the GK-12 program, which partners STEM graduate student researchers with K-12 teachers.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Timothy  Beach

Timothy Beach

Professor , Department of Geography and the Environment , College of Liberal Arts
, beacht@austin.utexas.edu

Beach's research focuses on soil and agricultural systems, geomorphology, water, environmental change, and geoarchaeology. Dr. Beach has taught twenty-three different courses in environmental and physical geography (climatology, hydrology, geomorphology, soil and agricultural systems, and environmental management) and how these relate to international management and policy.

Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

Edward J Buskey

Edward J Buskey

Professor , Department of Marine Science , College of Natural Sciences
+1 361 749 3102, +1 361 749 3104, ed.buskey@utexas.edu

In response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Buskey heads the DROPPS Consortium, which is studying how dispersant affects the breakup of oil by turbulence, surface waves and other physical forces. He is also studying the toxic effects of dispersed crude oil and dispersant on planktonic organisms that are the base of the marine food web.

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Todd  Caldwell

Todd Caldwell

Research Associate - Geomorphologist-Hydrologist , Bureau of Economic Geology , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 2003, todd.caldwell@beg.utexas.edu

Caldwell is a hydrologist and geoscientist specializing in field investigations and numerical modeling affiliated with near-surface hydrology and soil moisture. His research focuses on soil moisture modeling and monitoring and restoration of disturbed lands. He leads the Texas Soil Observation Network, a soil moisture monitoring system that can help predict the effect of droughts and floods across the state.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Richard L Corsi

Richard L Corsi

Department Chair , Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 4921, corsi@mail.utexas.edu

Corsi’s research interests include human inhalation exposure to air pollution; effects of outdoor air pollution on indoor air quality; sources, fate and control of indoor air pollution; and chemistry of green buildings.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Clinton N Dawson

Clinton N Dawson

Professor , Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 475 8627, clint@ices.utexas.edu

Dawson is a national hurricane modeling expert. His research interests include hurricane storm surge modeling, rainfall-induced flooding; ground water systems, flow in porous media, geochemistry; and data assimilation, parameter estimation, uncertainty and error estimation.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

David J Eaton

David J Eaton

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 8972, +1 512 471 8959, eaton@austin.utexas.edu

Eaton’s expertise focuses on energy policy, water conservation, climate change and environmental cooperation between the United States and Mexico. He has lectured in 20 countries and conducted field research in 15 nations.

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Andrew J Esbaugh

Andrew J Esbaugh

Assistant Professor , Department of Marine Science , College of Natural Sciences
+1 361 749 6835, a.esbaugh@austin.utexas.edu

Esbaugh's research focuses on interactions between physiology and the environment in marine fish. in particular, he examines the potentially damaging effects of global climate change and ocean acidification on fish. He is a co-principal investigator in a consortium funded through the Gulf of Mexico research initiative, studying oil and dispersants in oceans after the BP oil spill.

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Cliff Frohlich

Cliff Frohlich

Associate Director , Institute for Geophysics , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0460, +1 512 471 6156, cliff@ig.utexas.edu

Frohlich is a seismologist with an enduring interest in deep earthquakes, Texas earthquakes, moonquakes and the statistical analysis of earthquake catalogs.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Lawrence E Gilbert

Lawrence E Gilbert

Professor , Department of Integrative Biology , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 4705, +1 512 471 2825, lgilbert@austin.utexas.edu

Gilbert and colleagues at the Brackenridge Field Lab conduct research in Texas into climate change, invasive species, biodiversity, genomics and animal behavior.

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Heather  Houser

Heather Houser

Associate Professor , Department of English , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 471 8766, houserh@utexas.edu

Houser's scholarship focuses on environmental literature and criticism and the intersection of science, technology and culture. Her first book "Ecosickness in Contemporary U.S. Fiction: Environment and Affect" (Columbia University Press, 2014) examines how contemporary fiction brings audiences to environmental consciousness. 

Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

Susan D Hovorka

Susan D Hovorka

Senior Research Scientist , Bureau of Economic Geology , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 4863, susan.hovorka@beg.utexas.edu

Hovorka is an expert in applying geological techniques to environmental problems. As a primary researcher at the Gulf Coast Carbon Center, she leads teams in the field of CO2 injections to assess geologic sequestration as a mechanism for reducing atmospheric greenhouse gas emissions. Her other research interests include sedimentology for environmental application.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Shalene  Jha

Shalene Jha

Assistant Professor , Department of Integrative Biology , College of Natural Sciences
, sjha@austin.utexas.edu

Jha's research examines how global land use change impacts pollinators, especially bees, and the plants they depend on. She is currently investigating these topics within human-altered landscapes in California, Texas, Panama, and Mexico.

Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

Lee Ann  Kahlor

Lee Ann Kahlor

Associate Professor , Department of Advertising , College of Communication
+1 512 791 5726, kahlor@austin.utexas.edu

Kahlor's primary research interest is in health and environmental risk communication with an emphasis on mass communication of complex science and information seeking.

Media Contact: Nick Hundley, nick.hundley@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

David R Maidment

David R Maidment

Professor , Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 0065, +1 512 471 4620, maidment@utexas.edu

Maidment is a specialist in surface water hydrology, and in particular in the application of geographic information systems to hydrology. His research interests include water use and forecasting; geographic information systems (GIS); and expert systems and statistical techniques in hydrology and water resources planning.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Thomas O McGarity

Thomas O McGarity

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 1384, tmcgarity@law.utexas.edu

A former Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review, Professor McGarity is a leading scholar in the fields of both administrative law and environmental law. He also teaches torts, and food safety law.

Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

Carlos E Ramos

Carlos E Ramos

Assistant Professor , Department of Geography and the Environment , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 2067, cramos@austin.utexas.edu
Spanish Speaker

Ramos' research interests include the field of Hydro-geomorphology, or the study of the interactions among landforms, land-shaping processes, and both surface and near-surface hydrologic processes. He also studies human effects on landscape and aquatic habitats as well as coral reefs in the circum-Caribbean. 

Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

Ellen M Rathje

Ellen M Rathje

Professor and Warren S. Bellows Centennial Professorship in Civil Engineering , Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 232 3683, +1 512 471 4929, e.rathje@mail.utexas.edu

Rathje is a national earthquake modeling expert. Her research interests include earthquake engineering, seismic response of earth structures, solid-waste landfills and liquefaction evaluation.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Bridget R Scanlon

Bridget R Scanlon

Senior Research Scientist , Bureau of Economic Geology , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 8241, +1 512 471 1534, bridget.scanlon@beg.utexas.edu

Scanlon leads the Sustainable Water Resources Program. The primary objective of the program is to assess sustainability issues related to water resources within the context of climate change and variability and land use/land cover change. Impacts of natural and human-made contamination on water quality are also addressed in many of her research studies.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Byron D Tapley

Byron D Tapley

Professor and Clare Cockrell Williams Centennial Chair in Engineering , Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 5573, tapley@csr.utexas.edu

Tapley established the Center for Space Research in 1981. His research interests include orbit mechanics, nonlinear parameter estimation and their uses in satellite measurements to study geodesy, geodynamics and oceanography. He has been a principal investigator for six NASA missions.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Eric  van Oort

Eric van Oort

Professor , Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 6262, vanoort@austin.utexas.edu

Van Oort’s research focus includes drilling engineering, drilling automation, well construction and real-time operations monitoring.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Charles J Werth

Charles J Werth

Professor , Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 232 1626, werth@utexas.edu

Werth’s research interests include environmental and water resources engineering; reactive transport and fate of pollutants in water resources, including groundwater and urban lakes; and the development of sustainable technologies for pollution removal from affected waters.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Michael H Young

Michael H Young

Senior Research Scientist and Associate Director for Environment Division , Bureau of Economic Geology , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 475 8830, michael.young@beg.utexas.edu

Young researches connections among water resources, landscape development and human interactions. Topics of interest include the nexus of water and energy, groundwater recharge and quality, and soil/water/plant interactions in arid systems.

Media Contact: Anton Caputo, anton.caputo@jsg.utexas.edu, 512-232-9623

Kenneth R Young

Kenneth R Young

Professor , Department of Geography and the Environment , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 8311, +1 512 471 5116, kryoung@austin.utexas.edu

Young’s topics of interest include climate change, policy-relevant research that informs biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. He recently has been studying high Andean landscapes, and the tropical forests and floodplains of the western Amazon.

Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

Health Care


Steven  Abrams

Steven Abrams

Professor of Pediatrics , Department of Pediatrics , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 4700, sabrams@austin.utexas.edu

Abrams is a neonatologist and a professor of pediatrics. His research is focused on healthy nutrition for children, and he is an advocate for healthy feeding practices. He served on the dietary guidelines advisory committee in 2015 and supports balanced sustainable nutrition practices.

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Abigail R Aiken

Abigail R Aiken

Assistant Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 232 2561, araa2@utexas.edu


Aiken's research focuses on reproductive health and spans several disciplines, combining backgrounds in biomedical sciences, public policy, demography and public health. Her most recent research examined the link between Zika advisories and an increase in demand for abortions in Latin America, which received widespread national media coverage.

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Jacqueline L Angel

Jacqueline L Angel

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 2956, jangel@austin.utexas.edu

Angel’s interests are Hispanic health and demographics, aging policy, social policies related to diversity and long-term health care. Her recent book “Latinos in an Aging World” explores the welfare of the Latino population in the U.S.

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Christopher G Beevers

Christopher G Beevers

Professor , Department of Psychology , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 3706, +1 512 471 1157, beevers@utexas.edu

Beevers investigates the diagnosis and treatment methods surrounding topics of mental health in adults. His primary research interest focuses on major depression. He believes that understanding normal cognitive processes provides an important foundation for identifying how these processes go awry in clinical depression.

Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

Jay M Bernhardt

Jay M Bernhardt

Dean , College of Communication
+1 512 471 5646, +1 512 471 8100, jay.bernhardt@austin.utexas.edu

Jay Bernhardt is Founding Director of the Center for Health Communication at the Moody College of Communication. He is recognized internationally as a visionary leader, respected scholar, and innovative scientist in the application of communication, marketing, and media to public health, healthcare, and medicine. He previously served as Director of the National Center for Health Marketing (NCHM) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Media Contact: Nick Hundley, nick.hundley@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Kevin  Bozic

Kevin Bozic

Professor of Surgery , Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5067, kevin.bozic@austin.utexas.edu

Bozic's clinical interests are arthritis of the hip and knee and primary and revision hip and knee replacement. He researches health policy and health care services in the areas of health care technology assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, shared medical decision-making and the implementation and evaluation of value-based payment and delivery models, value-based health care and patient-reported outcome measures. 

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Jessica D Cance

Jessica D Cance

Assistant Professor , Department of Kinesiology and Health Education , College of Education
+1 512 471 8184, jdcance@austin.utexas.edu

Cance has conducted studies on how pubertal development affects students’ health, well-being, and academic achievement — specifically, how the interaction of biological, psychological and social factors affect youth risk behaviors such as substance use and aggression.

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Constantine  Caramanis

Constantine Caramanis

Associate Professor , Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 9269, constantine@utexas.edu

Caramanis’ research focuses on decision-making in large-scale complex systems such as social, wireless, transportation, health care and energy networks. He is also an expert on epidemic detection and outbreaks.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Darla M Castelli

Darla M Castelli

Professor , Department of Kinesiology and Health Education , College of Education
+1 512 232 7636, dcastelli@utexas.edu

Castelli has worked with a team to establish national physical activity guidelines for children and has done research that shows a positive correlation between physical activity and cognitive health in children.

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Stacey H Chang

Stacey H Chang

Executive Director, Design Institute for Health , The Design Institute for Health , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5087, stacey.chang@austin.utexas.edu

Stacey Chang serves as the Executive Director of the Design Institute for Health, a collaboration between the Dell Medical School and the College of Fine Arts at the University of Texas at Austin. It is a first-of-its-kind institution, dedicated to applying design approaches to solving systemic health care challenges as an integrated part of a medical education and training program.

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Namkee  Choi

Namkee Choi

Professor , School of Social Work
+1 512 232 9590, nchoi@austin.utexas.edu

Choi is an expert on geriatric mental health. Her current research focuses on depression in late life and the development of effective psychosocial interventions for depressive symptoms among older adults.

Media Contact: Andrea Campetella, campetella@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-1458

Sue Cox

Sue Cox

Executive Vice Dean for Academics , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5102, suecox@austin.utexas.edu

Cox's expanding interest in education has resulted in a number of peer-reviewed journal articles, primarily in areas such as: establishing educational objectives, recruitment, clerkship director development, faculty development, developing clinical skills, dealing with difficult students, teaching techniques and evaluation of students and programs. 

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Eddie E Erlandson

Eddie E Erlandson

Other University Affiliate , Dell Medical School
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Dr. Eddie Erlandson is a nationally recognized executive coach and leadership expert. He is helping to craft Dell Medical School's unique curriculum designed to create physician leaders who are as comfortable taking on transformational health challenges as they are caring for patients. 
 

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Richard B Freeman

Richard B Freeman

Vice Dean of Clinical Affairs , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5044, richard.freeman@austin.utexas.edu

Freeman is a a veteran transplant surgeon and leading innovator in health care delivery and redesign. He provides strategic leadership, oversight and management in the effort to integrate the local network of physicians and practices with Dell Medical School's efforts to create a model healthy city and community.

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Michael L Geruso

Michael L Geruso

Assistant Professor , Department of Economics , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 475 8704, mike.geruso@austin.utexas.edu


Michael Geruso's research focuses on developing country health and the regulation of U.S. health insurance markets. In his work on Medicare, he has used publicly available and large-scale administrative datasets to investigate upcoding by physicians and imperfect competition among private Medicare Advantage insurers. His research on sanitation provides the first evidence that that open defecation, practiced by a billion people worldwide, generates large infant mortality externalities. His work has been featured in the New York Times, NPR, and the Economist magazine. 

Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

Joydeep  Ghosh

Joydeep Ghosh

Professor , Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 8980, jghosh@utexas.edu

Ghosh researches data and Web mining, predictive modeling and analytics and the applications of machine learning to real-world problems. He can speak about using data science to improve health care.

Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Clay Johnston

Clay Johnston

Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the Dell Medical School , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5000, clay.johnston@utexas.edu

Published extensively in the prevention and treatment of stroke and transient ischemic attack, Johnston is perhaps best known for his studies describing the short-term risk of stroke in patients with transient ischemic attack and identifying patients at greatest risk, and also for his work related to measuring the impact of research.

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Barbara L Jones

Barbara L Jones

Associate Dean for Health Affairs , School of Social Work
+1 512 475 9367, barbarajones@mail.utexas.edu

Jones’ research focuses on coordinated care for children facing illness, family resilience, pediatric palliative care, pediatric oncology social work interventions, and adolescent and young adult cancer survivors.

Media Contact: Andrea Campetella, campetella@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-1458

Lee Ann  Kahlor

Lee Ann Kahlor

Associate Professor , Department of Advertising , College of Communication
+1 512 791 5726, kahlor@austin.utexas.edu

Kahlor's primary research interest is in health and environmental risk communication with an emphasis on mass communication of complex science and information seeking.

Media Contact: Nick Hundley, nick.hundley@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Lisa C Kirsch

Lisa C Kirsch

Senior Policy Director , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5131, lisa.kirsch@austin.utexas.edu

Lisa Kirsch is the Senior Policy Director at the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. She conducts health policy research and analysis to support innovations in health care delivery and payment. Prior to joining the medical school, Lisa worked for over 13 years at the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program policy issues.

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

William  Lawson

William Lawson

Associate Dean of Health Disparities , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5082, +1 240 273 8319, william.lawson@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Lawson is Associate Dean for Health Disparities at the Dell Medical School and Director of Community Health Programs and Professor at Huston-Tillotson University, where he leads the Sandra Joy Anderson Community Health and Wellness Center. He is also UT Austin's institutional representative for the Health Disparities Education, Awareness, Research and Training (HDEART) Consortium.

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Molly A Lopez

Molly A Lopez

Research Associate Professor (Affiliated) , School of Social Work
+1 512 232 0614, mlopez@austin.utexas.edu

Lopez is an expert in mental health services, child and adolescent service systems, the implementation of evidence-based practices, and cognitive behavioral therapies. She is the director of the Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health.

Media Contact: Andrea Campetella, campetella@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-1458

Beto Lopez

Beto Lopez

Managing Director, Design Institute for Health , The Design Institute for Health , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5088, beto.lopez@austin.utexas.edu
Spanish Speaker

Lopez helps organizations grow their business and culture through human-centered design. Passionate about the mash-up of design thinking and systems thinking, he works at the intersection of deisng, business strategy and rapid prototyping to transform the way organizations work together and with others to create and deliver value to people. 

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Michael S Mackert

Michael S Mackert

Associate Professor , Department of Advertising , College of Communication
, mackert@utexas.edu

Mackert's primary research interest is telemedicine, the provision of health care from a distance via telecommunication technology. He is also interested in health communication, with a focus on how trust plays a role in the communication process.

Media Contact: Nick Hundley, nick.hundley@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Christopher P Moriates

Christopher P Moriates

Assistant Dean of Healthcare Value , Department of Medical Education , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5168, cmoriates@austin.utexas.edu

Moriates is responsible for creating an innovative curriculum for value-based healthcare for undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education, as well as building a robust value improvement program that engages healthcare providers across the healthcare community in Austin. Dr. Moriates co-authored the book "Understanding Value-Based Healthcare" (McGraw-Hill, 2015), which Dr. Atul Gawande called "a masterful primer for all clinicians."

Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Todd A Olmstead

Todd A Olmstead

Associate Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 8456, tolmstead@austin.utexas.edu

Olmstead is an expert in the areas of health economics, health services research and health care policy. In addition to his work in health care, Olmstead has published in the areas of intelligent transportation systems, highway safety and administrative rulemaking.

Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

Joseph E Potter

Joseph E Potter

Professor , Department of Sociology , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 471 8341, joe@prc.utexas.edu

Potter’s interests and expertise include reproductive health and demographic estimation. He is principal investigator of the Texas Policy Evaluation Project and has been leading a team of researchers evaluating the effect of policies and funding for family planning in Texas, as well as the effect of restrictions on abortion providers.

Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

John A Robertson

John A Robertson

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 1307, jrobertson@law.utexas.edu

Robertson has written and lectured widely on law and bioethical issues. He is the author of two books in bioethics, "The Rights of the Critically Ill" (1983) and "Children of Choice: Freedom and the New Reproductive Technologies" (1994), and numerous articles on reproductive rights, genetics, organ transplantation and human experimentation.

Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

Aaron B Rochlen

Aaron B Rochlen

Professor , Department of Educational Psychology , College of Education
+1 512 471 0361, +1 512 471 4409, arochlen@austin.utexas.edu

Rochlen’s research has focused on men and masculinity, with an emphasis on men's mental health and help-seeking patterns. Within this area, his research has addressed help-seeking alternatives for men, nontraditional work/career roles, and the unique experiences of men with depression.

Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

William M Sage

William M Sage

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 7806, bsage@law.utexas.edu

Sage holds the Fellow of Crillon C. Payne, II Professorship in Health Law and is also a professor in the Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care at Dell Medical School. His current areas of teaching are health law, regulatory theory, antitrust, and professional responsibility. 

Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

Sahotra  Sarkar

Sahotra Sarkar

Professor , Department of Philosophy , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 3800, +1 512 232 7122, sarkar@austin.utexas.edu

Sahotra Sarkar is a professor of integrative biology and disease ecologist whose research models the spread of tropical diseases. He and his colleagues previously mapped the likely spread of the virus in 100 cities worldwide under two different scenarios and demonstrated that the spread depends on whether a second species of mosquito carries the virus. His research related to Zika has received widespread media coverage. 

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Michael J Telch

    Michael J Telch

    Professor , Department of Psychology , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 475 8488, +1 512 471 3393, telch@austin.utexas.edu

    Telch’s expertise lies in panic disorder, anxiety disorders, especially PTSD and OCD, and the cognitive processes in fear reduction and evaluation of psychotherapeutic outcome.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Bill  Tierney

    Bill Tierney

    Professor of Population Health , Department of Population Health , Dell Medical School
    +1 512 495 5006, tierney@utexas.edu

    William Tierney, MD is a general internist, medical informaticist, and health services researcher who is Professor and inaugural Chair of the Department of Population Health in the Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin. He and his department are playing a leading role in the Dell Medical School’s mission to help Austin become a model healthy city.

    Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

    Janice (Jan) S Todd

    Janice (Jan) S Todd

    Professor , Department of Kinesiology and Health Education , College of Education
    +1 512 471 0993, +1 512 471 0995, j.todd@austin.utexas.edu

    Todd directs the Ph.D. program in Physical Culture and Sport Studies and the Sport Management graduate and undergraduate programs. She teaches courses in sport history, physical activity, sport philosophy, ethics, culture and alternative medicine. Todd and her husband are the founders and co-directors of the H.J. Lutcher Stark Center.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Mary M Velasquez

    Mary M Velasquez

    Professor , School of Social Work
    +1 512 471 7019, velasquez@mail.utexas.edu

    With more than 20 years of support from the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Velasquez has developed and studied behavioral interventions in the areas of integrated primary care, screening and brief interventions, fetal alcohol spectrum disorder, alcohol and other drug abuse, prenatal health, HIV prevention, and smoking cessation.

    Media Contact: Andrea Campetella, campetella@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-1458

    Sriram  Vishwanath

    Sriram Vishwanath

    Professor , Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
    +1 650 823 4072, sriram@utexas.edu

    Vishwanath’s research focuses on information and coding theory and wireless communications. His expertise is in data science and health care systems.

    Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

    Scott  Wallace

    Scott Wallace

    Managing Director, Institute for Value in Health and Care , Dell Medical School
    +1 512 495 5127, scott.wallace@austin.utexas.edu

    Scott Wallace plays an influential part in the transformation of America's health delivery. Leveraging his business and health policy background, he works in the U.S. and around the world with employers, health care providers, health plans, governments and others to develop new health benefit and care models to improve health, stop the progression of chronic diseases and effectively treat patients' medical conditions.

    Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

    David C Warner

    David C Warner

    Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 471 6277, david.warner@austin.utexas.edu

    Warner's major teaching and research interests are health policy and health finance. He is currently working on projects related to improving health insurance coverage, the integration of the U.S. and Mexican health care systems, diabetes policy, public health funding, and U.S.-Mexico border health.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Thomas  Yankeelov

    Thomas Yankeelov

    Director of Cancer Imaging Research , LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes , Dell Medical School
    , thomas.yankeelov@utexas.edu

    Yankeelov is a distinguished senior cancer researcher with expertise in computational biology, advanced imaging, and mathematical modeling. The overall goal of Yankeelov's clinical research is to improve patient care by employing advanced imaging methods for the early identification, assessment, and prediction of tumors' response to therapy. 

    Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

    Amy  Young

    Amy Young

    Professor of Women's Health , Department of Women's Health , Dell Medical School
    , amyyoung@austin.utexas.edu
    Spanish Speaker

    A nationally known educator, Dr. Young is the immediate past president of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics. She has served Texas as Vice-Chair and Chair of District XI of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. In addition to educational research, Dr. Young has a wide range of clinical research experiences. She has been funded to explore Uterine Artery Embolization as an alternative to hysterectomy and most recently served as co-principal investigator on work exploring Group B strep colonization and its effects on the neonate.

    Media Contact: Stephen Scheibal, stephen.scheibal@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

    Higher Education


    Terrance L Green

    Terrance L Green

    Assistant Professor , Department of Educational Administration , College of Education
    , tgreen@austin.utexas.edu

    Green’s focus is educational policy and planning and public school executive leadership. His research focuses on the nexus of urban school reform and socially just community development. Additionally, his interests include ways that urban policy can be leveraged to improve educational outcomes and community development in low-income neighborhoods of color.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Harrison  Keller

    Harrison Keller

    Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy
    +1 512 232 8277, harrison.keller@austin.utexas.edu

    Keller's research interests include education policy and finance, moral philosophy and democratic deliberation. He served as director of research for the Texas House of Representatives and senior education policy analyst for the speaker of the Texas House. He is an appointed board member of the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board that oversees the state college savings plans, and he has worked with state leaders to develop and pass major education budget and policy proposals.

    Media Contact: Kylie Fitzpatrick, kylie.fitzpatrick@utexas.edu, 512-471-3151

    David A Laude

    David A Laude

    Senior Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives
    +1 512 232 4231, +1 512 471 4363, dalaude@austin.utexas.edu

    As the graduation champion for The University of Texas at Austin, Laude is an expert on using data, academic support and incentives to help ensure that students succeed as undergraduates and graduate on time.

    Media Contact: Joey Williams, joey.williams@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-3716

    Arthur B Markman

    Arthur B Markman

    Professor , Department of Psychology , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 4645, markman@mail.utexas.edu

    Markman has published hundreds of scholarly works on topics in higher-level thinking, including the effects of motivation on learning and performance, analogical reasoning, categorization, decision-making, creativity, consumer behavior and knowledge representation.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Julia L Mickenberg

    Julia L Mickenberg

    Department Chair (Acting) , Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 471 7277, +1 512 232 2650, mickenberg@austin.utexas.edu

    Mickenberg is chair of the Faculty Innovation Task Force, which aims to better integrate teaching and research at the university. Mickenberg’s research and teaching interests include radical cultures, children’s literature, women’s history, critical university studies, Americans abroad, and utopia. Her research has won numerous awards.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Richard  Murphy

    Richard Murphy

    Assistant Professor , Department of Economics , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 475 8525, richard.murphy@austin.utexas.edu

    Murphy studies the economics of education. He has researched the presence of mobile phones on student achievement, student’s academic rank on later outcomes and the consequences of an increasing number of international students attending universities. Murphy is currently investigating the impact of college financial aid on student performance and completion rates, and peer-to-peer learning among teachers.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Richard J Reddick

    Richard J Reddick

    Assistant Vice President of Research and Policy , Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
    +1 512 471 7551, +1 512 475 8587, richard.reddick@austin.utexas.edu

    Reddick’s research focuses on several areas: the experiences of black faculty and faculty of color at predominantly white institutions, mentoring and developmental relationships between faculty and black students, and work-life balance in academia.

    Media Contact: Leslie Blair, leslieblair@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4621

    Catherine  Riegle-Crumb

    Catherine Riegle-Crumb

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 475 8642, +1 512 232 2388, riegle@austin.utexas.edu

    Riegle-Crumb’s research interests center on gender and racial/ethnic inequality in educational experiences and achievement in STEM fields. As an education sociologist, she is particularly interested in the role of social contexts such as friendships, schools and communities in ameliorating educational disparities, as well as the negative influence of bias and stereotypes.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Victor B Saenz

    Victor B Saenz

    Associate Professor , Department of Educational Administration , College of Education
    +1 512 475 8585, vsaenz@austin.utexas.edu
    Spanish Speaker

    Saenz is founder and executive director of Project MALES and the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color. He has been invited numerous times to Capitol Hill to speak about his research and community work related to improving academic outcomes for Hispanic males.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Patricia A Somers

    Patricia A Somers

    Associate Professor , Department of Educational Administration , College of Education
    , pasomers@austin.utexas.edu

    Somers can discuss access and persistence in Brazilian higher education, affirmative action and admissions in the U.S. and Brazil, and college student persistence in the U.S.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Immigration


    Jennifer K Adair

    Jennifer K Adair

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    , jenniferadair@utexas.edu

    Adair’s research focuses on the experiences in the U.S. education system of children and families from immigrant communities. She is researching how the social and academic development of Latino immigrant children can be improved through project-based instruction and by giving the children more autonomy and choice in the early grades.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Ricardo C Ainslie

    Ricardo C Ainslie

    Professor , Department of Educational Psychology , College of Education
    +1 512 471 0364, +1 512 471 4407, rainslie@austin.utexas.edu

    Ainslie currently is focusing on the study of psychoanalysis and cultural experience by examining topics such as the psychological experience of immigration, ethnic conflicts within communities and the relationship between individual and collective identity.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    CJ  Alvarez

    CJ Alvarez

    Assistant Professor , Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies , College of Liberal Arts
    , cjalvarez@austin.utexas.edu

    Alvarez is interested in issues surrounding the history of the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S.-Mexico relations, and federal policing. His book, "The Shape of the Border: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide," explains how the U.S. and Mexican governments built the border as a space to facilitate the massive circulation of capital and how this process ultimately transformed the borderland into a zone of exceptionally high police presence and activity. 

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    William H Beardall

    William H Beardall

    Clinical Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 474 0007, bbeardall@equaljusticecenter.org

    Bill Beardall directs the Law School's ground-breaking Transnational Worker Rights Clinic. He has practiced as a public interest employment lawyer for low-income working men and women since 1978. Mr. Beardall also serves as Executive Director of the Equal Justice Center, a non-profit employment justice and civil rights organization based in Austin, Texas. Widely recognized for his experience in reforming public justice systems and private employment practices, Mr. Beardall is a leading expert in low-income employment law and in securing access to the justice system for working people regardless of their income or immigration status.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Rebecca M Callahan

    Rebecca M Callahan

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 471 8347, callahan@prc.utexas.edu
    Spanish Speaker

    Callahan's primary research interests center on the academic preparation of immigrant, language minority adolescents as they transition from high school into young adulthood. She is presently involved in several research projects which explore the effects of school context, social and academic processes, and teachers' pedagogical practices on the academic and civic development of language minority students, as well as students identified with learning disabilities.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Robert  Crosnoe

    Robert Crosnoe

    Department Chair , Department of Sociology , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 471 8329, crosnoe@austin.utexas.edu

    Crosnoe’s main research area is the life course and human development. Specifically, he explores the connections among childhood and adolescent health, psychosocial development and educational trajectories, and how these connections contribute to population-level inequalities in relation to race, social class and immigration.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Denise L Gilman

    Denise L Gilman

    Clinical Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 232 7796, dgilman@law.utexas.edu

    Gilman serves as the Director of the School of Law's Immigration Clinic. She has written and practiced extensively in the international human rights and immigrants' rights fields. She has spoken frequenty with the media on immigration law, immigrant right and family detention. 

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Alfonso  Gonzales

    Alfonso Gonzales

    Assistant Professor , Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies , College of Liberal Arts
    , alfonso.gonzales@austin.utexas.edu

    Gonzales is interested in Latino and Latin American politics, immigration policy, policing, deportation, human rights, asylum, migration, social movements, neoliberalism, political economy and neo-Gramscian theory.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Madeline Y Hsu

    Madeline Y Hsu

    Professor , Department of History , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 9469, +1 512 475 7850, myhsu@austin.utexas.edu

    Hsu’s interests include U.S. immigration, international education, migration studies, transnationalism, ethnic studies and Asian American history.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Su Yeong  Kim

    Su Yeong Kim

    Associate Professor , Department of Human Development and Family Sciences , College of Natural Sciences
    +1 512 471 5524, +1 512 475 6014, projectfamily@gmail.com

    Kim focuses on how culturally specific factors, such as acculturation and language brokering, influence the development and well-being of children in immigrant families.

    Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

    David L Leal

    David L Leal

    Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 471 1343, dleal@austin.utexas.edu

    David Leal's primary academic interests are Latino politics and policy. His Latino politics research spans the fields of political behavior, public policy, and public opinion. His research has also focused on how religion shapes political engagement, the political participation of non-citizens, the complexities of ethnic identity, and how veterans engage in politics.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Martha  Menchaca

    Martha Menchaca

    Professor , Department of Anthropology , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 471 7537, mmen@austin.utexas.edu

    Menchaca studies social anthropology, ethnicity, gender, oral history and oral traditions, legal anthropology and immigration.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Ranjana  Natarajan

    Ranjana Natarajan

    Clinical Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 232 7222, rnatarajan@law.utexas.edu

    Natarajan's research interests include national security detention, electronic and other types of surveillance and criminal prosecution issues. She has experience litigating and advocating on a variety of civil rights and civil liberties issues including immigration detention, civil rights post 9/11, gender equity and prisoners' rights.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Cinthia S Salinas

    Cinthia S Salinas

    Department Chair , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 232 3539, cssalinas@austin.utexas.edu

    Dr. Salinas' teaching and research focuses on historical thinking in elementary and secondary bilingual and ESL classroom settings, as well as broader understandings of citizenship.  Her work also examines the social studies teachers' enactment of curriculum and instruction in an era of high stakes testing. In addition, Dr. Salinas conducts research on migrant education and notions of educator as activist.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Elissa C Steglich

    Elissa C Steglich

    Clinical Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 232 1387, esteglich@law.utexas.edu

    Steglich has extensive experience practicing immigration law and has been a strong advocate for immigrant rights, especially the rights of immigrant children. She has conducted research on human trafficking in Latin America and the Carribean and previously provided direct representation to asylum seekers, immigrant children, and immigrant victims of violence and human trafficking. 

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Luis  Urrieta

    Luis Urrieta

    Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    , urrieta@mail.utexas.edu

    Urrieta is also affiliated with the Center for Mexican American Studies and Native American and Indigenous Studies Program. His research focuses on the ways that immigrant children access education, activism in education on behalf of immigrant children, racism in education, and cultural and racial identities.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Angela  Valenzuela

    Angela Valenzuela

    Professor , Department of Educational Administration , College of Education
    +1 512 232 6008, valenz@austin.utexas.edu

    Valenzuela serves as director of the Texas Center for Education Policy and is the director for the National Latino Education Research Agenda Project. She conducted research in the areas of immigration, human rights and bi-national relations. Her ongoing research interests are the sociology of education, education reform and how education policy affects minority students.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Ruth E Wasem

    Ruth E Wasem

    Clinical Professor of Policy Practice , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 471 9883, wasemruth@utexas.edu

    Wasem's research focuses on immigration and social welfare policies. She has testified before the U.S. Congress most recently on asylum policy and human rights protections in immigration law, and on the push-pull forces on unauthorized migration. Her current research project "Whom Shall We Welcome" examines the legislative history that led to the Immigration Act of 1965. 

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Luis H Zayas

    Luis H Zayas

    Dean , School of Social Work
    +1 512 471 1937, lzayas@austin.utexas.edu
    Spanish Speaker

    Through funding by the National Institute on Child Health and Human Development, Zayas is examining the effects of deportation on the psychosocial functioning of U.S.-born citizen-children of undocumented Mexican immigrants. As a practitioner, he is involved also in evaluating citizen-children and testifying in immigration courts on behalf of citizen-children and their families.

    Media Contact: Andrea Campetella, campetella@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-1458

    Race & Justice


    Jeffrey B Abramson

    Jeffrey B Abramson

    Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 6224, +1 512 232 7267, jabramson@austin.utexas.edu

    Abramson teaches in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, the jury and political theory. He is the author of "We, the Jury: The Jury System and the Ideal of Democracy" and numerous law review articles. Professor Abramson also teaches courses in the Department of Government in political theory.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Marilyn  Armour

    Marilyn Armour

    Professor , School of Social Work
    +1 512 471 3197, marmour@utexas.edu

    Armour focuses on the healing of victims, offenders and the community in relation to crime and wrongdoing. She has conducted studies on the effectiveness of restorative justice interventions in the prison system and in schools.

    Media Contact: Andrea Campetella, campetella@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-1458

    Germine H Awad

    Germine H Awad

    Associate Professor , Department of Educational Psychology , College of Education
    +1 512 471 0526, gawad@austin.utexas.edu

    Dr. Germine Awad's scholarship is characterized by three interrelated areas of inquiry: prejudice and discrimination, identity and cultural assimilation, and body image. She also examines how ethnic identity and assimilation impact ethnic minorities' perception of discrimination. The two populations she primarily focuses on are Arab/Middle Eastern Americans and African Americans.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Anthony L Brown

    Anthony L Brown

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 232 3902, alb@austin.utexas.edu

    Anthony Brown's research focuses on historical and contempoaray issues and discourses concerning African American students in schools and society. Overall, his work pursues a theoretical argument, which suggests that the examination of the historical and racial constructions of African Americans within the social sciences, educational literature, popular discourse and curriculum is vital to making sense of how questions are raised and how educational and curricular reforms are pursued for African American students in the present. 

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Noel B Busch-Armendariz

    Noel B Busch-Armendariz

    Associate Vice-President For Research
    +1 512 232 6388, +1 512 471 3470, nbusch@austin.utexas.edu

    Busch-Armendariz is an expert on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking. She has more than two decades of experience working to end violence against women and children and has served as an expert witness in nearly four dozen cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault. She is also leading the development of the UT System's groundbreaking Blueprint for law enforcement response to sexual assault on campus. 

    Media Contact: Maureen Balleza, maureen@austin.utexas.edu, 512 232 7945

    Mounira M Charrad

    Mounira M Charrad

    Associate Professor , Department of Sociology , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 6311, +1 512 232 6300, charrad@utexas.edu

    Mounira M. Charrad's is an award-winning author whose research has centered on state formation, colonialism, law, citizenship, kinship and women's rights, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. 

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Kevin O Cokley

    Kevin O Cokley

    Professor , Department of Educational Psychology , College of Education
    +1 512 471 7498, kcokley@austin.utexas.edu

    Cokley's research can be broadly categorized in the area of African American psychology, with a focus on how racial and ethnic identity development impact academic motivation and academic achievement. He has spoken widely with the media on topics such as Blacks' rational mistrust of police, police shootings of Blacks, the use of school vouchers, racial disparities in school discipline, and Black students' graduation rates.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Michele Y Deitch

    Michele Y Deitch

    Senior Lecturer , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 328 8330, +1 512 296 7212, michele.deitch@austin.utexas.edu

    Deitch is an attorney with more than 23 years of experience working on criminal justice policy issues with state and local government officials, corrections officials, judges and advocates. Most of Deitch’s current research focuses on two issues: independent prison oversight and the management of juvenile offenders.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    George E Dix

    George E Dix

    Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 232 1328, gdix@law.utexas.edu

    Dix is well-known for his articles on criminal procedure. His teaching and research interests also include criminal law and law and psychiatry.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Ariel E Dulitzky

    Ariel E Dulitzky

    Clinical Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 232 1256, adulitzky@law.utexas.edu

    Dulitzky is an expert on human rights, legal issues and Texas prison conditions.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Laurie B Green

    Laurie B Green

    Associate Professor , Department of History , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 475 7245, lbgreen@austin.utexas.edu

    Green's current research focuses on the politics of race, health, poverty and hunger in the mid- to late 20th century. More broadly, she explores the impact of urban migration, gender, labor, popular culture and policymaking on struggles related to racial justice in the U.S.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Benjamin G Gregg

    Benjamin G Gregg

    Associate Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 7274, bgregg@austin.utexas.edu

    Gregg teaches social and political theory informed by political science and sociology, not only at UT but also in Germany, Japan, Austria, and China. Two of his books, "Thick Moralities, Thin Politics" (2003) and "Coping in Politics with Indeterminate Norms" (2003) , confront challenges of social justice in complex modern societies, especially in liberal democratic states. Another two books, "Human Rights as Social Construction" (2012) and "The Human Rights State" (2016), analyze problems and prospects for justice across national borders. His current book-in-progress, "Human Nature as Cultural Design: The Political Challenge of Genetic Enhancement," explores core issues in bioethics. Rapid advances in genetic engineering, particularly of human embryos and fetuses, pose difficult social, political, moral, and legal questions that challenge a range of different conceptions of a just society.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Peniel E Joseph

    Peniel E Joseph

    Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 475 7241, peniel.joseph@austin.utexas.edu

    Joseph serves as the founding director of the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. His research focus has been on "Black Power Studies", which explore the interdisciplinary fields of Africana studies, women's and ethnic studies, law and society and political science. His commentary has been featured in a wide variety of national media, including the New York Times, CNN, and Washington Post

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    William R Kelly

    William R Kelly

    Professor , Department of Sociology , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 4142, wkelly@austin.utexas.edu

    Kelly recently released his second book “The Future of Crime and Punishment: Policies for Reducing Crime and Saving Money.” Kelly investigates how many “tough on crime” polices have failed the public, taxpayers, victims, criminals, and their families and communities. His work primarily focuses on how to reduce mass incarceration, change criminal behavior and reduce recidivism, victimization and cost with evidence-based strategies.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Jennifer E Laurin

    Jennifer E Laurin

    Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 232 3627, jlaurin@law.utexas.edu

    Laurin's principal research interests lie in the intersections of criminal and constitutional litigation, and regulation of criminal justice institutions.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Sanford V Levinson

    Sanford V Levinson

    Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 232 1351, slevinson@law.utexas.edu

    Levinson is a nationally respected constitutional law scholar who has authored more than 400 articles and written six books. He speaks frequently with media, offering the constitutional perspective on wide-ranging topics. He can also speak about same-sex marriage and related rights issues.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Eric L McDaniel

    Eric L McDaniel

    Associate Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 7268, emcdaniel@austin.utexas.edu

    McDaniel specializes in American politics, including religion and politics, black politics and organizational behavior. His work targets how and why black religious institutions choose to become involved in political matters. In addition, he researches the role of religious institutions in shaping and mobilizing black political behavior.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Christen  Smith

    Christen Smith

    Associate Professor , Department of Anthropology , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 6332, christen.smith@austin.utexas.edu

    Smith's work focuses on anti-Black state violence, Black communities' responses to it in Brazil and the Americas and transnational Black liberation struggles. She also researches Black women's experiences with state violence and anti-Black policing in the Americas. 

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    David W Springer

    David W Springer

    Director , RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 471 0512, +1 512 232 7062, dwspringer@austin.utexas.edu

    In 2007, Springer chaired a committee of national and regional leaders charged with making recommendations for reforming the juvenile justice system in Texas. He continues to work to improve the justice system for juveniles and to support the nonprofit sector in serving this population.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Heather K Way

    Heather K Way

    Research Fellow , School of Law
    +1 512 232 1210, hway@law.utexas.edu

    Way directs a clinic that delivers transactional legal assistance to small businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups in Texas. Her research interests include analyzing and developing public policies that promote the creation of equitable and inclusive communities, with a focus on: affordable housing, gentrification, problem properties, land title issues, informal housing, housing preservation, and transit-oriented development.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Lucille D Wood

    Lucille D Wood

    Clinical Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 232 2656, lwood@law.utexas.edu

    Wood has experience in the field of disability rights, having represented people with disabilities in civil rights cases involving communication access, special education, employment, housing, health, juvenile and family law issues.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Amanda R Woog

    Amanda R Woog

    Postdoctoral Fellow , Institute for Urban Policy Research and Analysis , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 471 4626, amanda.woog@austin.utexas.edu

    Woog's research interest is in Texas criminal justice policy, especially as it relates to race. She has monitored and compiled data on officer involved shootings and deaths in police custody in Texas, designed to provide transparency of the state's justice system and inform public policy. 

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Politics & Government


    Suzanne Barber

    Suzanne Barber

    Director , Center for Identity
    +1 512 471 6152, sbarber@identity.utexas.edu

    Barber is an expert in the areas of cybersecurity, identity management, intelligent agent-based systems and software engineering. She has invented and commercialized core technologies that provide unprecedented levels of project/system visibility and knowledge discovery to all stakeholders by keeping contributors fully informed, coordinated and operating at targeted quality levels.

    Media Contact: Maureen Balleza, maureen@austin.utexas.edu, 512 232 7945

    Joshua M Blank

    Joshua M Blank

    Manager of Polling and Research , Texas Politics Project
    +1 512 471 0371, joshmblank@austin.utexas.edu

    Joshua Blank is the manager of polling and research at the Texas Politics Project. His areas of expertise include public opinion on current political issues, political psychology, and surveying and analysis in the context of elections. 

    Sherri R Greenberg

    Sherri R Greenberg

    Clinical Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 471 8324, +1 512 656 6592, srgreenberg@austin.utexas.edu

    Greenberg served as a Texas state representative for 10 years, completing her final term in January 2001. Greenberg is an expert on Texas state government, public finance and electronic government.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    James R Henson

    James R Henson

    Director of Communication Strategy and Director of the Texas Politics Project , Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services, College of Liberal Arts , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 471 0090, j.henson@austin.utexas.edu

    Henson is a frequent resource for news media and researchers interested in Texas politics and government. As director of Texas Politics Project, Henson informs and engages Texans in current political issues and government agendas. His interests also include presidential elections, the Internet and politics, and political campaigns. He co-directs the UT/Texas Tribune Poll

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    William  Inboden

    William Inboden

    Executive Director , Office of the President; Clements Center for History, Strategy & Statecraft , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 471 2601, +1 512 471 2411, inboden@austin.utexas.edu

    Inboden's expertise spans a range of foreign policy issues including national security strategy, strategic forecasting, democracy and governance, contingency planning, counter-radicalization, and multilateral institutions and initiatives. His commentary on foreign policy has appeared in numerous outlets including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Washington Post, NPR, Sky News, and BBC. 

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Alan J Kuperman

    Alan J Kuperman

    Associate Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 471 8245, akuperman@mail.utexas.edu

    Dr. Kuperman teaches courses in global policy studies and is coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (www.NPPP.org). His research focuses on ethnic conflict, nuclear nonproliferation, and U.S. military intervention.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Martin J Luby

    Martin J Luby

    (Future) Assistant Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
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    Luby's teaching and research broadly focuses on public finance with an emphasis in public financial management.  Much of his research has focused on the municipal securities market and the use of debt finance by state and local governments.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Paul D Miller

    Paul D Miller

    Associate Director , Clements Center
    , paul.miller@austin.utexas.edu

    Miller, a former White House staffer for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, is an expert on national security and foreign affairs. He has written regularly about U.S. policy toward Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia. His second book, "American Power and Liberal Order: A Conservative Internationalist Grand Strategy," is forthcoming from Georgetown University Press in 2016.

    Michael W Mosser

    Michael W Mosser

    Lecturer , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 7280, mosserm@austin.utexas.edu

    Mosser's teaching and scholarship focus on international relations, security studies and comparitive foreign policy of Western Europe. He has published articles in the fields of military art and science and military sociology, and is presently working on a research project re-conceptualizing military doctrine as a social construction. 

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Stephen P Ryan

    Stephen P Ryan

    Associate Professor , Department of Economics , College of Liberal Arts
    , sryan@utexas.edu

    Ryan’s research background is in industrial organization, with a focus on the application of structural methods at the intersection of public policy, economic theory and econometrics.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Daron R Shaw

    Daron R Shaw

    Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
    +1 512 232 7275, dshaw@austin.utexas.edu

    Shaw’s interests include American politics, public opinion and voter behavior, survey research, presidential elections, campaign strategy and the Electoral College. Shaw conducts the UT/Texas Tribune Poll. He is also a member of the polling and decision teams for Fox News, the Board of Overseers for the American National Election Study, and the advisory board of the Annette Strauss Institute.

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Stephen  Slick

    Stephen Slick

    Director of the Intelligence Studies Project , The Robert S. Strauss Center and The Clements Center for National Security
    +1 512 471 0814, sbslick@austin.utexas.edu

    Slick is the inaugural director of the Intelligence Studies Project, which was established to promote increased study of the U.S. intelligence community and national security policymaking. He served 28 years in CIA's clandestine service and, between 2005 and 2009, was a special assistant to the president and the Senior Director for Intelligence Programs and Reform on the staff of the National Security Council. 

    Paul J Stekler

    Paul J Stekler

    Department Chair , Department of Radio-Television-Film , College of Communication
    +1 512 471 6679, paul.stekler@austin.utexas.edu

    Stekler, a nationally renowned documentary filmmaker whose works focus on American politics and society, has a doctorate in government from Harvard University. He has written about Southern politics and recently collaborated with PBS on a series of short documentaries on the state of politics around the country, "Postcards from the Great Divide." 

    Media Contact: Nick Hundley, nick.hundley@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

    Natalie J Stroud

    Natalie J Stroud

    Associate Professor , Department of Communication Studies , College of Communication
    +1 512 471 1934, tstroud@austin.utexas.edu

    Stroud studies the media's role in shaping people's political attitudes and behaviors. She teaches courses in public opinion, media effects and political communication.

    Media Contact: Nick Hundley, nick.hundley@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

    Jeremi  Suri

    Jeremi Suri

    Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 475 7242, suri@austin.utexas.edu

    Suri’s research interests include the formation and spread of nation-states, emergence of modern international relations, connections between foreign policy and domestic politics, international security, dissident movements and globalization. He is a frequent media contributor on a wide variety of topics related to global policy, particularly national security and the American presidency. 

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Sean M Theriault

    Sean M Theriault

    University Distinguished Teaching Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
    , seant@mail.utexas.edu

    Sean Theriault's primary research interests include congressional decision-making. He is currently researching the distinction between ideological and war-making behavior in the U.S. Congress. He has published three books and numerous articles in a variety of journals on subjects ranging from presidential rhetoric to congressional careers and the Louisiana Purchase to the Pendleton Act of 1883. 

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Stephen I Vladeck

    Stephen I Vladeck

    Professor , School of Law
    +1 512 475 9198, svladeck@law.utexas.edu

    Vladeck's teaching and research focus on federal jurisdiction, constitutional law, and national security law. A nationally recognized expert on the role of the federal courts in the war on terrorism, Vladeck is a co-author of Aspen Publishers' leading national security law and counterterrorism law casebooks and Supreme Court contributor to CNN.

    Media Contact: Chris Roberts, roberts@law.utexas.edu, 512-471-7330

    Public Education


    Aprile D Benner

    Aprile D Benner

    Associate Professor , Department of Human Development and Family Sciences , College of Natural Sciences
    +1 512 232 1964, abenner@prc.utexas.edu

    Benner examines how schools and neighborhoods influence the well-being of children and adolescents. Her work focuses primarily on the role of social and demographic matches and mismatches between young people and their environments.

    Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

    Randy  Bomer

    Randy Bomer

    Department Chair (Interim) , Department of Educational Administration , College of Education
    +1 512 232 7519, +1 512 232 4861, bomer@austin.utexas.edu

    Bomer studies how a strengths-based way of teaching is important to allow students to develop literate identities and self-efficacy with reading and writing. He also directs the Heart of Texas Writing Project. He is a former president of the National Council of Teachers of English.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Christopher P Brown

    Christopher P Brown

    Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 232 2288, cpbrown@utexas.edu

    Brown has studied how high-stakes testing and accountability-based reform are affecting early childhood education. He is looking at what needs to be done in teacher education programs, with curriculum development, in the classroom, and among policymakers.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Keffrelyn D Brown

    Keffrelyn D Brown

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 232 4257, keffrelyn@austin.utexas.edu

    Brown studies multicultural teacher education and achievement issues in the African American student population.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    North Cooc

    North Cooc

    Assistant Professor , Department of Special Education , College of Education
    +1 512 471 7923, ncooc@austin.utexas.edu

    Cooc is interested in how family background, culture and school contextual factors influence decisions and outcomes within special education. He is examining the underrepresentation of Asian Americans in special education.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Terry S Falcomata

    Terry S Falcomata

    Associate Professor , Department of Special Education , College of Education
    , falcomata@austin.utexas.edu

    Falcomata's research focuses on the assessment and treatment of severe challenging behavior displayed by individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Elizabeth T Gershoff

    Elizabeth T Gershoff

    Associate Professor , Department of Human Development and Family Sciences , College of Natural Sciences
    +1 512 471 4800, liz.gershoff@austin.utexas.edu

    Gershoff expores how neighborhoods, schools, early childhood education settings and public policies affect children and youths, focusing on how socioeconomic reources and exposure to violence influence them. 

    Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

    Mark A Gooden

    Mark A Gooden

    Professor, Director of Principalship Program and PSEL Coordinator , Department of Educational Administration , College of Education
    +1 512 475 8574, gooden@austin.utexas.edu

    Gooden’s research interests include the principalship, anti-racist leadership, urban educational leadership and legal issues in education. He co-developed a module for the University Council for Educational Administration that helps leaders understand how examining their beliefs, attitudes and racial awareness can improve their ability to support diverse learners.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Jim V Hoffman

    Jim V Hoffman

    Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 471 4041, jhoffman@austin.utexas.edu

    Hoffman, is a professor of language and Studies, directs the undergraduate reading specialization program in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. He teaches graduate courses focused on literacy research. He primarily researches teaching and teacher preparation. He has been active in international literacy projects in Central American, Africa and Asia.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Joan  Hughes

    Joan Hughes

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 232 4145, joanh@austin.utexas.edu

    Hughes’ expertise is on teacher learning and technology integration. Her current work examines content-based approaches to educational technology instruction and inquiry approaches to professional learning. She focuses attention on issues related to technology leadership and the use of video-based hypermedia materials in teacher education.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Huriya  Jabbar

    Huriya Jabbar

    Assistant Professor , Department of Educational Administration , College of Education
    , jabbar@austin.utexas.edu

    Jabbar studies the social and political dimensions of market-based reforms in education. Her research interests include: school choice policy, privatization, the politics of research use, and student decision-making in higher education. She is also a current research Affiliate at the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, where she continues to study issues related to school choice in New Orleans.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Christopher T King

    Christopher T King

    Director , Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 471 7891, +1 512 471 2186, chris.king@raymarshallcenter.org

    King is an expert on education, workforce development, labor and social policy. He has performed research for federal, state and local agencies, foundations and international organizations and is currently conducting research projects on education and workforce issues in Central Texas.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Min  Liu

    Min Liu

    Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 471 5942, +1 512 232 6248, mliu@austin.utexas.edu

    Liu's research interests center on educational uses of new media and other emerging technologies, particularly the impact of such technologies on teaching and learning; and the design of new media enriched interactive learning environments for learners at all age levels. She develops and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses on new media design, production and research.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Christopher J McCarthy

    Christopher J McCarthy

    Professor , Department of Educational Psychology , College of Education
    +1 512 232 4835, cjmccarthy@austin.utexas.edu

    McCarthy recently did a study on what causes teacher burnout and contributes to the alarmingly high number of teachers leaving the profession.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Cynthia  Osborne

    Cynthia Osborne

    Associate Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 471 9808, cosborne@prc.utexas.edu

    Osborne’s teaching and research interests include poverty and inequality, and educator effectiveness and accountability. She is also the director of the Center for Health and Social Policy.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Deborah K Palmer

    Deborah K Palmer

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 232 4015, debpalmer@austin.utexas.edu

    Palmer can speak about bilingual/bicultural education in Texas and the U.S. as well as study abroad programs in Antigua and Guatemala.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Sarah R Powell

    Sarah R Powell

    Assistant Professor , Department of Special Education , College of Education
    +1 512 475 6556, srpowell@austin.utexas.edu

    Powell’s research interests include developing and testing interventions for students with mathematics difficulties. She is especially interested in peer tutoring, word-problem solving, and the role of symbols for understanding mathematics.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Allison  Skerrett

    Allison Skerrett

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 232 4883, askerrett@utexas.edu

    Allison Skerrett is an affiliate faculty member in cultural studies education. Her teaching and research interests include secondary English education, adolescent literacy and sociocultural influences on teaching and learning.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Jessica R Toste

    Jessica R Toste

    Assistant Professor , Department of Special Education , College of Education
    +1 615 414 3119, jrtoste@austin.utexas.edu

    Toste researches subjects related to students with learning disabilities and effective reading interventions, with a particular focus on psychosocial processes and classroom climate as determinants of school success.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Luis  Urrieta

    Luis Urrieta

    Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    , urrieta@mail.utexas.edu

    Urrieta is also affiliated with the Center for Mexican American Studies and Native American and Indigenous Studies Program. His research focuses on the ways that immigrant children access education, activism in education on behalf of immigrant children, racism in education, and cultural and racial identities.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Paul  Von Hippel

    Paul Von Hippel

    Associate Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 537 8112, paulvonhippel@austin.utexas.edu

    Von Hippel’s research interests include educational inequality and the relationship between schooling, health, and obesity. He was a co-investigator on a state-funded project that evaluated the teacher preparation programs in Texas

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Melissa R Wetzel

    Melissa R Wetzel

    Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 232 1423, mmwetzel@utexas.edu

    Wetzel studies and teaches about how pre-service teachers integrate critical literacy and culturally relevant practices into their field-based literacy teaching experiences. She is also interested in critical literacy learning across the lifespan, particularly how teachers and students together design literacy practices that are transformative.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    Jo Worthy

    Jo Worthy

    Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
    +1 512 565 8638, worthy@mail.utexas.edu

    Worthy, a former elementary and middle school teacher, is in the language and literacy program area. She teaches classes on literacy development, pedagogy, and research in the teacher preparation and graduate programs. Her major interests are reading preferences, alternatives to ability grouping, and bilingual education.

    Media Contact: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

    David S Yeager

    David S Yeager

    Assistant Professor , Department of Psychology , College of Liberal Arts
    , dyeager@utexas.edu

    Yeager studies adolescent development, with a focus on aggression, stress, and academic achievement. His approach investigates the role of social cognitive processes in shaping adolescents' developmental trajectories. His research has garnered attention from national media such as the New York Times, who in 2014 said he was "emerging as one of the world's leading experts on the psychology of education."

    Media Contact: Rachel Griess, rachelgriess@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-2689

    Transportation


    Chandra R Bhat

    Chandra R Bhat

    Professor , Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
    +1 512 471 4535, bhat@mail.utexas.edu

    Bhat’s research interests include autonomous vehicles; vehicle activity and travel behavior analysis; travel demand modeling; application of econometric; discrete choice and market research techniques in transportation planning; traffic flow theory and operations; logistics and freight modeling; energy and transportation air quality analysis; and safety analysis.

    Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

    Leigh B Boske

    Leigh B Boske

    Professor Emeritus , Center for Transportation Research , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
    +1 512 232 4005, +1 512 471 3200, leigh.boske@utexas.edu

    Boske’s teaching and research interests have focused on transportation policy, economics, and finance. His published research is on national and international transportation policies and programs, state multimodal transportation planning, cost efficiency in the airline and railroad industries, and port finance.

    Media Contact: Tori Yu, victoriajyu@austin.utexas.edu, 512-232-4054

    Robert W Heath

    Robert W Heath

    Professor , Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
    +1 512 686 8225, rheath@utexas.edu

    Heath researches wireless communications, including how to improve vehicular communications for autonomous vehicles. He was a 2003 Frontiers in Education New Faculty Fellow, a recipient of the David and Doris Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellowship in Engineering and an IEEE Fellow.

    Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

    Todd E Humphreys

    Todd E Humphreys

    Associate Professor , Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics , Cockrell School of Engineering
    +1 512 471 4489, todd.humphreys@mail.utexas.edu

    Humphreys studies secure perception for autonomous systems, including navigation, timing, collision avoidance and centimeter-accurate GPS for the mass market. He can speak about GPS and navigation for autonomous vehicles as well as drone security. He is the recipient of the UT Regents Outstanding Teacher Award, the NSF CAREER Award and the Institute of Navigation's Thurlow award.

    Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

    Kara  Kockelman

    Kara Kockelman

    Professor , Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
    +1 512 471 0210, +1 512 232 4252, kkockelm@mail.utexas.edu

    Kockelman researches autonomous vehicle activity and modeling, travel behavior modeling, transport data analysis, intra-urban transport policy, roadway safety, and the connection between urban form and transportation. 

    Media Contact: Sandra Zaragoza, zaragoza@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

    Peter H Stone

    Peter H Stone

    Professor , Department of Computer Science , College of Natural Sciences
    +1 512 471 9796, pstone@cs.utexas.edu

    Stone's research specialization is artificial intelligence, including self-driving vehicles and autonomous approaches to traffic management, such as virtual intersection systems.

    Media Contact: Christine Sinatra, christine.sinatra@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-4641

    For more information, contact: University Communications, Office of the President, 512-471-3151.