• Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Communications

Paul Stekler is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and founder of the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His film work includes “George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire,” “Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style,” two segments of the “Eyes on the Prize II” series on the history of civil rights, “Last Stand at Little Big Horn” (broadcast as part of PBS's series “The American Experience”), “Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics” (broadcast on PBS's “P.O.V.” series) and “Getting Back to Abnormal.” His films have won two Peabody Awards, three duPont-Columbia University Journalism Awards, three Emmy Awards and a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Stekler has a doctorate in government from Harvard University, where his work focused on Southern politics. He previously was a political pollster in Louisiana while teaching at Tulane University. His writing has appeared in the Texas Observer, Texas Monthly and the International Documentary Association’s magazine, among other places, and in the book, “Killing Custer," co-written with novelist James Welch. Stekler was named film school Mentor of the Year in 2014 by Variety magazine.

Media Expertise
  • State and national campaign politics
  • Elections
  • Public Broadcasting


NewsFebruary 9, 2017
LBJ School Celebrates Barbara Jordan National Forum 20th Anniversary

Author Mary Beth Rogers, Texas Representative Senfronia Thompson and “Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis” documentary screening highlight weeklong Barbara Jordan tribute, Feb. 20-24.

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Media MentionJanuary 10, 2017
Texas Democrats must appeal to white voters
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Media MentionDecember 9, 2016
Texas Democrats have a long way to go to reach Latinos

Latinos make up more than 40 percent of the Texas population, but disparity remains between that and their representation at the voting booth. Paul Stekler writes about the reasons for this disconnect, including: "If potential voters don't see the importance of voting, how it impacts their day-to-day lives, almost nothing can get them to register and vote.

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