Texas Tribune Festival


The eighth-annual Texas Tribune Festival held Sep. 27-29 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.



Planet Texas 2050


Jay L Banner

Jay L Banner

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

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

Fernanda L Leite

Fernanda L Leite

Associate Professor , Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 5957, fernanda.leite@austin.utexas.edu

Leite’s work focuses on model-based benchmarking of capital projects; 3D modeling of construction work zone safety; autonomous safety monitoring; construction planning and work packaging through autonomous 3D model generation; and automated approaches towards updating 3D building information models of facilities in operation.

Media Contact: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Katherine E Lieberknecht

Katherine E Lieberknecht

Assistant Professor , School of Architecture , School of Architecture
+1 512 232 2683, klieberknecht@utexas.edu

Lieberknecht examines how ecosystems support cities and the residents living within them. Her work focuses on urban water planning, metropolitan-scaled green infrastructure planning, and metropolitan food systems.

Media Contact: Stacey Kaleh, stacey.kaleh@utexas.edu, 512-471-0154

Suzanne A Pierce

Suzanne A Pierce

Assistant Professor of Research , Environmental Science Institute , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 954 1810, spierce@tacc.utexas.edu

Pierce leads an NSF-funded effort to apply artificial intelligence and knowledge-centered computing to solve complex Earth resource problems and is a trained groundwater scientist. 

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

Adam T Rabinowitz

Adam T Rabinowitz

Associate Professor , Department of Classics , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 471 0197, arabinow@utexas.edu

Rabinowitz is a field archaeologist with 25 years of experience at Greek, Roman, and Byzantine sites in Italy, England, Israel, Tunisia, and Ukraine. His archaeological research focuses on daily life, domestic architecture, commensal practices, and the lived experience of culture contact. 

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

Lourdes J Rodriguez

Lourdes J Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Population Health , Department of Population Health , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5197, +1 512 495 5041, lourdes.rodriguez@austin.utexas.edu

Rodriguez’s work focuses on solving local problems with local ideas and resources by inviting people from multiple sectors to contribute to activities and solutions. Before coming to UT, she spent 13 years working in New York City to help reactivate public spaces that had been rendered unsafe during the height of violence and drug epidemics in the late ’80s and ’90s.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

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 is an environmental geoscientist with an emphasis on soil, water, and ecosystem resources in arid and semi-arid regions of the U.S. Young researches connections among water resources, landscape development and human interactions.

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

Criminal Justice & the Law


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

Jeffrey Abramson is Professor of Law and Government and teaches in the areas of constitutional law, civil liberties, the jury, and political theory. Professor Abramson clerked for Rose Bird, the late Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court, and served as an assistant district attorney in Massachusetts.

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

Marilyn  Armour

Marilyn Armour

(Future) 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

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Michele Y Deitch

Michele Y Deitch

Senior Lecturer , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 232 2562, +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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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

Susan R Klein

Susan R Klein

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 1324, sklein@law.utexas.edu

Susan Riva Klein is the Alice McKean Young Regents Chair in Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Upon graduation from BoaltHall School of Law second in her class, she clerked for Judge Cynthia H. Hall on the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and spent four years as a federal criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Dept. of Justice through the Attorney General's Honor Program. While in the Criminal Division, she rotated through the Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture section, the Public Integrity Unit, Terrorism & Violent Crimes, and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. She is now a nationally prominent scholar in the fields of criminal procedure, federal criminal law, sentencing, and prosecutorial ethics. 

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Sanford V Levinson

Sanford V Levinson

Professor , School of Law , 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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Charles M Silver

Charles M Silver

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 1337, csilver@law.utexas.edu

Charles Silver holds the Roy W. and Eugenia C. McDonald Endowed Chair in Civil Procedure at the School of Law at the University of Texas at Austin. He serves as Co-Director of the Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice, and the Media at the University of Texas. He has published widely on issues arising in the areas of civil procedure, liability insurance, and the professional regulation of attorneys. He has written about group lawsuits, attorneys’ fees, and professional responsibility.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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

Dr. Springer’s research and teaching coalesce around effective leadership, nonprofits and systems to strengthen communities, especially at the intersection of juvenile and criminal justice. He was also the principal investigator of Restore Rundberg, a three-year, $1 million grant from the Department of Justice to improve the quality of life, health, safety, education and well-being of individuals living and working in the Rundberg neighborhood of Austin.

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

Diversity & 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

M. K. Hage Centennial Professor in Education , 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

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

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

Professor , School of Social Work
+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: Andrea Campetella, campetella@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-1458

Rebecca M Callahan

Rebecca M Callahan

Associate Professor , Department of Educational Leadership and Policy , 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

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

Oscar and Anne Mauzy Regents Professor for Educational Research and Development , 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

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

Victoria M Defrancesco

Victoria M Defrancesco

Lecturer , Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
, vmdsoto@austin.utexas.edu

Victoria DeFrancesco Soto is a researcher and lecturer who brings an interdisciplinary lens to the understanding of American politics and policy. Her areas of expertise include immigration, women and politics, political psychology and campaigns and elections. Soto is a contributor to MSNBC and NBCNews.com, as well as a regular political analyst for Telemundo. She has provided on-air analysis for CNN, Fox, PBS, Univision and NPR, and has published in both academic and popular outlets such as POLITICO and Talking Points Memo.

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

Cary C Franklin

Cary C Franklin

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 3646, cfranklin@law.utexas.edu

Professor Franklin's primary research interests are in the fields of constitutional law,
antidiscrimination law, and legal history. She is particularly interested in the history of
antidiscrimination law in the areas of sex and sexual orientation, and how this history
influences legal conceptions of equality today.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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

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

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

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

Su Yeong  Kim

Su Yeong Kim

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

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

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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

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

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Luis  Urrieta

Luis Urrieta

Suzanne B. and John L. Adams Endowed Professor in Education , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
+1 512 232 4129, urrieta@austin.utexas.edu
Spanish Speaker

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 Leadership and Policy , 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

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Luis H Zayas

Luis H Zayas

Dean, School of Social Work , Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost , 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

Economy


James K Galbraith

James K Galbraith

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 1244, galbraith@mail.utexas.edu

James K. Galbraith holds the Lloyd M. Bentsen Jr. Chair in Government/Business Relations at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, where he teaches economics and a variety of other subjects. He appears frequently in popular media, writing for The Guardian and various other news outlets. In 2016 he advised the presidential campaign of Senator Bernie Sanders. He chaired the board of Economists for Peace and Security from 1996–2016 and directs the University of Texas Inequality Project. He is a managing editor of Structural Change and Economic Dynamics.

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

Patricia I Hansen

Patricia I Hansen

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 1321, phansen@law.utexas.edu

Professor Hansen has taught at the University of Texas School of Law since 1994. She currently holds the J. Waddy Bullion Professorship in Law and is Director of the dual degree program in Law and Latin American Studies. A prominent scholar in the area of international economic law, Professor Hansen has published articles on the interplay between international economic law and environmental and consumer protection and dispute settlement in regional trade agreements.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Nathan M Jensen

Nathan M Jensen

Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
, natemjensen@austin.utexas.edu

Nathan Jensen teaches courses and conducts research on government economic development strategies, firm non-market strategies and business-government relations, the politics of oil and natural resources, political risk in emerging markets, trade policy, and international institutions.
Jensen's recent work focuses on states and local governments trying to promote economic development through the use of financial incentives. Jensen previously taught at both George Washington University  and Washington University in St. Louis.

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

Susan C Morse

Susan C Morse

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 232 9346, smorse@law.utexas.edu

Susan Morse joined the University of Texas law faculty in 2013. She studies and writes about rules and standards, international tax reform and tax compliance; and has taught federal income tax, business tax, international tax, and tax policy courses. She has pioneered the Financial Methods for Lawyers course at Texas Law and won the 2016 Women's Law Caucus Teacher of the Year award.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Eric  Tang

Eric Tang

Director, Academic Program , Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, , College of Liberal Arts
, erictang@austin.utexas.edu

Eric Tang is an Associate Professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department and faculty member in the Center for Asian American Studies. He also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Sociology and serves as a faculty fellow with both the Institute for Urban Policy Research & Analysis and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement. Tang's research focuses on the past and present of racial segregation in Austin, Texas.

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

Melissa F Wasserman

Melissa F Wasserman

Professor , School of Law
+1 512 471 8079, mwasserman@law.utexas.edu

Melissa Wasserman joined the University of Texas law faculty in 2016. Her research focuses on the institutional design of innovation policy, with a particular emphasis on patent law and administrative law.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Rachel  Wellhausen

Rachel Wellhausen

Associate Professor , Department of Government , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 7202, rwellhausen@utexas.edu

Rachel Wellhausen's primary field of interest is the political economy of international investment and finance. Her book "The Shield of Nationality: When Governments Break Contracts with Foreign Firms" (2015) examines the conditions under which governments maintain or break the contracts they enter into with foreign investors. She is co-editor of Production in the Innovation Economy (2014), which resulted from MIT's interdisciplinary project on innovation and production.

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

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

Maura  Borrego

Maura Borrego

Professor , Department of Mechanical Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
, maura.borrego@austin.utexas.edu

Borrego specializes in engineering education research. She has been awarded National Science Foundation grants to study factors that support successful transfer of Hispanic engineering students from two-year to four-year institutions, engineering undergraduate student resistance to active learning, how engineering instructors make decisions about their teaching and learning in graduate engineering research groups. 

Media Contact: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

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

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

Esther  Calzada

Esther Calzada

Associate Professor , School of Social Work , School of Social Work
, esther.calzada@austin.utexas.edu
Spanish Speaker

Esther Calzada, PhD, is an associate professor at the School of Social Work. She is an expert in parenting and early childhood development among ethnic minority families, particularly Latino families. Her program of research aims to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in academic achievement, behavior problems, and socio-emotional problem.

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

Norma V Cantu

Norma V Cantu

Ken McIntyre Professor for Excellence in School Leadership , Department of Educational Leadership and Policy , College of Education
+1 512 232 7111, +1 512 475 8593, metrocan2@aol.com

Norma Cantú brings exceptional practical and policy-making experience to her joint appointment in the Education and Law Schools at UT. For eight years, she served as the Assistant Secretary of Education for Civil Rights in the Clinton Administration, where she oversaw a staff of approximately 850 in implementing governmental policy for civil rights in American education. Prior to her service as the nation's chief civil rights enforcer in the educational arena, Professor Cantú worked for fourteen years as regional counsel and education director of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. 

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

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

Terrance L Green

Terrance L Green

Assistant Professor , Department of Educational Leadership and Policy , 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

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 Leadership and Policy , 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

Harrison  Keller

Harrison Keller

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

Dr. Keller is Deputy to the President for Strategy and Policy and a Professor of Public Policy at The University of Texas at Austin. He is responsible for driving achievement of the president's strategic vision by coordinating long-range planning, policy development, and strategic implementation among academic and administrative units, and for overseeing strategic initiatives related to inter-institutional partnerships. He engages state and national policymakers and thought leaders to inform higher education policy deliberations in line with institutional priorities. 

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

David A Laude

David A Laude

Professor , Department of Chemistry , College of Natural Sciences
+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. Laude was Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education at UT Austin from 1997 until 2010 when he became Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He served as Interim Dean of the College of Natural Sciences in 2011-2012. In 2012 he became Senior Vice Provost.

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

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

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

Chris J McCarthy

Chris J McCarthy

Department Chair (Interim) , 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

Julia L Mickenberg

Julia L Mickenberg

Professor , Department of American Studies , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 2650, +1 512 471 7277, 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

Cynthia  Osborne

Cynthia Osborne

Associate Dean , 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

Sarah R Powell

Sarah R Powell

Associate 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

Richard J Reddick

Richard J Reddick

Associate Professor , Department of Educational Leadership and Policy , College of Education
+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: Yvonne Taylor, yvonne.taylor@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-3916

Catherine  Riegle-Crumb

Catherine Riegle-Crumb

Associate Professor , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
+1 512 232 2388, +1 512 475 8642, 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

Department Chair , Department of Educational Leadership and Policy , College of Education
+1 512 232 7519, +1 512 471 7551, 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

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

Patricia A Somers

Patricia A Somers

Associate Professor , Department of Educational Leadership and Policy , 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

Jessica R Toste

Jessica R Toste

Assistant Professor , Department of Special Education , College of Education
+1 512 475 6551, 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

Suzanne B. and John L. Adams Endowed Professor in Education , Department of Curriculum and Instruction , College of Education
+1 512 232 4129, urrieta@austin.utexas.edu
Spanish Speaker

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

Associate 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

Health & Human Services


Steven  Abrams

Steven Abrams

Professor , Biomedical Engineering , Cockrell School of Engineering
+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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

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 explores the internet as a pathway to care in countries that restrict abortion access. 

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: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Elisa V Borah

Elisa V Borah

Research Associate Professor , Center for Social Work Research , School of Social Work
, elisa.borah@austin.utexas.edu

Elisa Vinson Borah, PhD, is a research associate with the School of Social Work's Texas Institute for Excellence in Mental Health. She is an expert in military social work and the implementation of mental health interventions related to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) within military treatment settings. In her research, Borah has examined methods for reducing stigma among service members, the role of military unit cohesion in PTSD treatment gains, and the roles of military organizational culture and behavioral health provider factors on effective implementation of evidence-based treatments for PTSD..

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

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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Molly S Bray

Molly S Bray

Department Chair , Department of Nutritional Sciences , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 3958, mbray@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Bray's research focuses on the relationship between energy balance and lifestyle factors such as exercise, nutrition, and circadian patterns of behavior. Her recent findings related to the genetic underpinnings of exercise adherence and the relationship between timing and quality of energy intake and weight gain/metabolic health have been featured on national and international news programs, a myriad of websites, and popular news media.

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

Nick N Bryan

Nick N Bryan

Professor of Diagnostic Medicine , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5063, nick.bryan@austin.utexas.edu

R. Nick Bryan, M.D., Ph.D., chairs Dell Med’s department of diagnostic medicine. He oversees diagnostic activities for the school, encompassing traditional radiology, pathology and laboratory medicine; merging key components of diagnostic examinations determining patients’ health status; and ensuring these skills are taught and used in an integrated way. He is past president of the Radiological Society of North America,  the American Society of Neuroradiology and the American Society of Head and Neck Radiology.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Constantine  Caramanis

Constantine Caramanis

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Jaimie N Davis

Jaimie N Davis

Associate Professor , Department of Nutritional Sciences , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 0971, jaimie.davis@austin.utexas.edu

Davis's research focuses on designing and disseminating nutrition, physical activity, and behavioral interventions to reduce obesity and related metabolic disorders in overweight minority children and adolescents. She has a strong background in nutrition, physical activity, body composition assessment, and metabolic testing in pediatric populations.

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

Karen B Desalvo

Professor of Medicine , Department of Medicine , Dell Medical School
, karen.desalvo@gmail.com

Karen DeSalvo, M.D., MPH is professor in the departments of internal medicine and population health at Dell Medical School at UT. Her work is focused on patient care, education, policy, administrative roles, research, and public service. DeSalvo served as Acting Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Obama Administration and the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. She is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Gail Eckhardt

Associate Dean of Cancer Programs, Director of the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes , Livestrong Cancer Institutes, , Dell Medical School
, gail.eckhardt@austin.utexas.edu

Gail Eckhardt, M.D., is Associate Dean of Cancer Programs and Director of the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes and chair of the oncology department at Dell Med. She oversees the creation of a transdisciplinary cancer research program at UT Austin, one that will lead to new models of prevention, treatment and patient-centered care, and new models of teaching and training future doctors. Eckhardt previously led the Division of Medical Oncology at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Jane C Edmond

Professor of Ophthalmology , Department of Ophthalmology, Dell Medical School , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5682, +1 512 495 5681, jane.edmond@austin.utexas.edu

Jane Edmond, M.D. is the director of the Mitchel and Shannon Wong Eye Institute and a professor and founding chair of Dell Med’s Department of Ophthalmology. She is also an adjunct professor in the Department of Ophthalmology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Her practice focus is on pediatric and adult strabismus, medical and surgical management and she is one of 25 in the U.S. to specialize in pediatric neuro-ophthalmology.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Charles Fraser

Professor of Surgery and Perioperative Care , Department of Surgery and Perioperative Care , Dell Medical School
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Charles Fraser Jr., M.D. is a preeminent pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon and professor at Dell Med’s departments of pediatrics and surgery and perioperative care. He leads the Texas Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Disease. Prior to joining Dell Med, he served at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston as senior surgeon of its congenital heart surgery program, ranked No. 1 nationally by U.S. News & World Report. He also led more than 100 surgeons as surgeon-in-chief.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Richard B Freeman

Richard B Freeman

Senior Executive for Special Initiatives , 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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@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

Mini Kahlon

Vice Dean for Health Ecosystem , Dell Medical School , Dell Medical School
, mkahlon@austin.utexas.edu

Mini Kahlon, Ph.D., is Vice Dean, Health Ecosystem and Associate Professor of Dell Med’s Department of Medical Education. She works with local partners to build a vital inclusive health ecosystem. At Dell Med, she helps innovation build a new model for academic medicine as a driver of health transformation. She works to catalyze change; introduces, aligns and kicks off new initiatives; drives new models of commercialization; advances health product innovation; and enables technology-driven transformation.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

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: Natalie England, natalie.england@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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

William  Lawson

William Lawson

Professor Emeritus , Department of Psychiatry , Dell Medical School
, 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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Molly A Lopez

Molly A Lopez

Research Associate Professor , Center for Social Work Research , 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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Michael S Mackert

Michael S Mackert

Director, Center for Health Communication and Associate Professor , Department of Advertising , College of Communication
, mackert@austin.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: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Lauren A Meyers

Lauren A Meyers

Professor , Department of Integrative Biology , College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 4950, laurenmeyers@austin.utexas.edu

Lauren received her B.A. degree in Mathematics and Philosophy in 1996 from Harvard University and her Ph.D. in 2000 from the department of Biological Sciences at Stanford University. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation, she joined the faculty of Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin in 2003. Using a combination of mathematical modeling and experiments, Lauren's research lies at the interface of evolutionary biology and epidemiology. She studies the interplay between disease transmission dynamics and the evolution of pathogens including those responsible for epidemic meningitis, influenza, walking pneumonia, and SARS. In collaboration with public health officials in the US and Canada, Lauren has developed powerful mathematical methods for forecasting the spread of respiratory diseases and designing effective disease control strategies for hospitals and metropolitan areas. Based on this research, the MIT Technology Review named Lauren as one of the top 100 global innovators under age 35.

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

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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@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

David Paydarfar

Professor of Neurology , Department of Neurology , Dell Medical School
, david.paydarfar@austin.utexas.edu

David Paydarfar, M.D., is Dell Med’ chair of the department of neurology and interim director of its Mulva Clinic for the Neurosciences. A fellow of the American Neurological Association, Paydarfar’s research focuses on signal-processing algorithms that allow tracking and predicting health for individuals and entire populations. His research in apnea, circadian rhythms, epilepsy and related functions is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and the Clayton Foundation for Research.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Michael P Pignone

Department Chair , Dell Medical School , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5137, pignone@austin.utexas.edu

Michael Pignone, M.D., MPH, is the director of the Program on Cancer Prevention and Control, LIVESTRONG Cancer Institute, chair of the Department of Internal Medicine and a professor of the departments of internal medicine, oncology and population health. A member of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, Pignone focuses his research on chronic disease screening, prevention and treatment and medical decision-making. He has developed interventions to mitigate literacy-related health disparities and to improve preventive services.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

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

Melinda Price

Executive Director, Commercialization , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5123, mellie.price@austin.utexas.edu

Mellie Price is executive director of commercialization, strategy and partnerships, and managing director of the Texas Health CoLab at Dell Med. An experienced investor, technologist and fund manager, Price co-founded two startup ecosystems, Capital Factory and SoftMatch; data security company Front Gate Solutions & Front Gate Tickets; and two health tech startups. Recipient of the Austin Business Journal’s Profiles in Power Award and TechFlash Titan Award, Price is an active member of Texas’ entrepreneurship community.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

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 , 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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Keri K Stephens

Keri K Stephens

Associate Professor , Department of Communication Studies , College of Communication
+1 512 471 0554, keristephens@austin.utexas.edu

Keri Stephens is an Associate Professor at the Moody College of Communication, as well as a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Health & Social Policy at the LBJ School of Public Policy. Her research and teaching interests bring an organizational perspective to how people interact with communication technologies, particularly in the contexts of crisis, emergency, natural disaster and healthcare.

Media Contact: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Steve Strakowski

Steve Strakowski

Department Chair , Dell Medical School , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5114, steve.strakowski@austin.utexas.edu

Stephen Strakowski, M.D., is chair of Dell Med’s psychiatry department. He is guiding the development of a neuroscience institute and expanding UT’s imaging research, and is mental health service line chief for Seton. As the associate vice president for regional mental health, Strakowski is leading a $15.5 million redesign of the Austin State Hospital, working closely with state Sen. Kirk Watson, other legislators, community stakeholders and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. 

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Elizabeth Teisberg

Executive Director, Institute for Value in Health and Care , Dell Medical School , Dell Medical School
+1 512 495 5179, teisberg@austin.utexas.edu

Elizabeth Teisberg, Ph.D., is Executive Director of the Value Institute for Health and Care and Professor of the Department of Medical Education at Dell Med. Co-creator of the concept of value-based health care delivery, Teisberg is best known for writing Redefining Health Care: Creating Value-Based Competition on Results, which she co-authored in 2006. She is a professor at UT Austin’s McCombs School of Business and a senior associate at Harvard’s Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness.

Media Contact: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@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
+1 512 417 1733, 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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Amy  Young

Amy Young

Chief Clinical Officer, Vice Dean of Professional Practice , Dell Medical School , 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: Shahreen Abedin, shahreen.abedin@austin.utexas.edu, 512-495-5062

Infrastructure, Energy & Natural Resources


David E Adelman

David E Adelman

Professor and Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law , School of Law
+1 512 232 0877, dadelman@law.utexas.edu

David E. Adelman teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, and climate change policy. Professor Adelman’s research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science. His articles have addressed such topics as the implications of emerging genomic technologies for toxics regulation, the tensions between legal and scientific evidentiary standards in regulatory decision making, and development of effective policies for promoting innovation relevant to addressing climate change.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Allen J Bard

Allen J Bard

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

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

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@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

Joshua W Busby

Joshua W Busby

Associate Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 8946, busbyj@mail.utexas.edu

Dr. Busby has published widely on climate change, global health, transnational advocacy movements and U.S. foreign policy for various think tanks and academic journals. He is the principal investigator of a DOD-funded project, “Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia” (CEPSA) — a three-year, $1.9 million grant. Dr. Busby is a life member in the Council on Foreign Relations.

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

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

John C Butler

John C Butler

Associate Director, Energy Management and Innovation Center , Energy Management and Innovation Center , 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: Catenya McHenry, catenya.mchenry@mccombs.utexas.edu, 512-471-5218

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

Professor , 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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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

Associate 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

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

William L Fisher

William L Fisher

Faculty Affiliate , Department of Geological Sciences , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 5600, wfisher@jsg.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

Cliff Frohlich

Cliff Frohlich

Senior Research Scientist Emeritus , John A and Katherine G Jackson School of Geosciences , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 0460, +1 512 471 6156, mofuikeman@gmail.com

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 2825, +1 512 471 4705, 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

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Robert E Hebner

Robert E Hebner

Director (0379) , Cockrell School of Engineering
+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.

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

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

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: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Thomas O McGarity

Thomas O McGarity

Professor , School of Law , 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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Sheila M Olmstead

Sheila M Olmstead

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 3161, +1 512 471 7375, 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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Jorge R Pinon

Jorge R Pinon

Director of Institutional Relations - Mexico , Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost , Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 305 926 6910, +1 512 232 4988, 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 Dean for Research , 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

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@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 1534, +1 512 471 8241, 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

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

David B Spence

David B Spence

Professor , Business, Government and Society , School of Law
+1 512 554 9350, 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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Scott W Tinker

Scott W Tinker

Director (0379) , John A and Katherine G Jackson School of Geosciences , 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

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

Wendy E Wagner

Wendy E Wagner

Professor , School of Law , School of Law
+1 512 232 1477, wwagner@law.utexas.edu

Professor Wagner is aleading authority on the use of science by environmental policy-makers. She received a Masters of Environmental Studies in 1984 and her lawdegree
in 1987, both from Yale University. Prof. Wagner’s research focuses on the intersection of law and science, with particular attention to environmental policy. Prof. Wagner has served on several National Academies of Science Committees, the Bipartisan Policy Center Committee on Regulatory Science, and served as a consultant to the Administrative Conference of theU.S. (ACUS).

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@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: Johnny Holden, john.holden@utexas.edu, 512-471-2129

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

Politics


Suzanne Barber

Suzanne Barber

Director , Center for Identity
+1 512 656 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.

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. 

Robert M Chesney

Robert M Chesney

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs , School of Law , School of Law
+1 512 232 1298, rchesney@law.utexas.edu

Bobby Chesney holds the James Baker Chair and also serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas School of Law. In addition, he is the Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Chesney served in the Justice Department and also previously served the intelligence commnity as an associate member of the Intelligence Science Board and as a member of the Advanced Technology Board. Chesney is a co-founder and contributor to www.lawfareblog.com, the leading source for analysis, commentary, and news relating to law and national security.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Joseph R Fishkin

Joseph R Fishkin

Professor , School of Law , School of Law
+1 512 232 1813, jfishkin@law.utexas.edu

Professor Fishkin's research and teaching interests include employment discrimination law, constitutional law, election law, distributive justice, education law, and torts. He is particularly interested in questions of equality and equal opportunity at the intersection of law and political theory.

Media Contact: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Kenneth  Flamm

Kenneth Flamm

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 8952, kflamm@mail.utexas.edu

Kenneth Flamm, a professor and the Dean Rusk Chair in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, researches global competition in high technology. He was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for economic security and special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense for dual use technology policy from 1993 to 1995, receiving the Department of Defense’s Distinguished Public Service Medal from the secretary of defense.

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

Sherri R Greenberg

Sherri R Greenberg

Clinical Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 656 6592, +1 512 471 8324, 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

Sharon E Jarvis

Sharon E Jarvis

Associate Professor , Department Communication Studies, Moody , College of Communication
+1 512 471 1961, +1 512 471 5251, sjarvis@austin.utexas.edu

Sharon Jarvis is an Associate Professor at the Moody College of Communication and Associate Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Participation. She teaches and conducts research on political communication, persuasion and research methods. She has published books and articles at the intersection of language use, politics and persuasion.

Media Contact: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Donald Kettl

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 267 265 6909, kettl@austin.utexas.edu

Donald Kettl’s research focus is public management, finance and leadership. Kettl has consulted for government organizations at all levels, including most recently the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has appeared frequently in national and international media. He is chaired two gubernatorial blue-ribbon commissions for the Wisconsin state government, one on campaign finance reform and the other on government structure and finance. He has received three lifetime achievement awards: the American Political Science Association’s John Gaus Award, the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, and the Donald C. Stone Award of the American Society for Public Administration.

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

Alan Kuperman’s research focuses on nuclear nonproliferation, ethnic conflict and military intervention. He is founding coordinator of the Nuclear Proliferation Prevention Project (www.NPPP.org).

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

Lecturer , Clements Center , College of Liberal Arts
, millerp1@georgetown.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.

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

Michael W Mosser

Michael W Mosser

Assistant Professor of Instruction , 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

Susan T Nold

Susan T Nold

Director , Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life , College of Communication
, susan.nold@austin.utexas.edu

Susan Nold is a Senior Lecturer at the Moody College of Communication, where she teaches a course in Communicating to Government. Nold also serves as the Director of the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life where she directs educational programs, events and research focused on voting and citizenship, civic engagement and education, and political efficacy, interest and knowledge, particularly among students and young people. 

Media Contact: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Aaron  O'connell

Aaron O'connell

Associate Professor , Department of History , College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 6401, aaron.oconnell@austin.utexas.edu

Aaron B. O'Connell's scholarly interests span four inter-related fields: 20th century military history, cultural history, U.S. foreign affairs, and American politics. His scholarly publications focus on understanding the effects of U.S. military influence and infrastructure inside and outside the United States. O'Connell's public history pieces mostly concern how the U.S. military affects contemporary domestic and political culture. Prior to joining UT Austin, O'Connell served 22 years in the Marine Corps.

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

James P Pope

James P Pope

Clinical Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 8938, jpaulpope@utexas.edu

James “Paul” Pope is a clinical professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and a senior fellow in the Intelligence Studies Project. Mr. Pope retired from the CIA after multiple foreign tours, service as Chief of Station and assignments as a Chief, Deputy Chief and Chief of Operations in three of the Directorate of Operations largest components. His most recent work looks at the changing relationship between the intelligence communities and special forces.

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

Victoria E Rodriguez

Victoria E Rodriguez

Professor , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 475 8620, victoria@austin.utexas.edu

Victoria Rodriguez teaches courses in policy development, women in politics and public policy, and theory and philosophy of public policy. Professor Rodríguez's scholarly work has focused on decentralization, governance and democratization in Mexico. In addition to her publications on Mexican politics and public policy, she is known for her work and path-breaking research on women in Mexican politics. 

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

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 , Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+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. 

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

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: Natalie England, natalie.england@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
+1 512 232 7279, 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: Robyn Lindenberg, rlindenberg@law.utexas.edu, 512-232-6798

Media


Craig A Champlin

Craig A Champlin

Professor , Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders , College of Communication
+1 512 471 6345, champlin@austin.utexas.edu

Dr. Champlin's research focuses on measuring the brain?s response to sound, which is critical in diagnosing hearing loss and auditory processing difficulty in children and adults.

Media Contact: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Angeline C Scheinbaum

Angeline C Scheinbaum

Associate Professor , Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations , College of Communication
+1 512 471 8902, +1 512 788 2480, angeline@austin.utexas.edu

Angeline Close Scheinbaum is an Associate Professor at the Moody College of Communication, where she teaches Psychology & Advertising, as well as Integrated Communication Management. Her scholarship and research focuses on theory-based models of branding and consumer behavior.

Media Contact: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Paul J Stekler

Paul J Stekler

Professor , 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: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Craig C Watkins

Craig C Watkins

Professor , Department of Radio-Television-Film , College of Communication
+1 512 471 6676, +1 512 471 4071, craig.watkins@austin.utexas.edu

Craig Watkins is currently a professor at the Moody College of Communication, and he has emerged in the last decade as a leading scholar through his worldwide work studying and surveying young people and their behaviors with digital and social media. Watkins conducted a seven-year, funded research study with the MacArthur Foundation focusing on youth and their media behaviors. He teamed with scholars from around the United States to explore how the adoption of digital media is changing young people’s lives.

Media Contact: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

Gary B Wilcox

Gary B Wilcox

Professor , Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations , College of Communication
+1 512 471 0917, burl@mail.utexas.edu

Gary Wilcox is a media and marketing scholar, currently the John A. Beck Centennial Professor in Communication in the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations at the Moody College of Communication. Dr. Wilcox is a globally-recognized expert on social media, advertising research and branding.

Media Contact: Natalie England, natalie.england@austin.utexas.edu, 512-471-7209

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