Abner, Gordon | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Joint Ph.D. Public Policy, Indiana University - Bloomington
  • B.A. International Studies, Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)
Research Areas
  • Employee Morale
  • Policy Implementation
  • Government Performance
Teaching Areas
  • Finance
  • Management
  • Leadership (including nonprofits)
  • Policy Process and Institutions

Gordon Abner is a public management scholar whose research focuses on improving citizens’ perceptions of public employees and government service, and on improving the morale and performance of public employees — which he is particularly interested in within the sphere of social policy. Professor Abner has employed a variety of methods in his research including experiments, content analysis, interviews and survey research, and he enjoys learning new methods that may be applicable to his work. His research has appeared in Nonprofit Management and Leadership as well as in the Review of Public Personnel Administration.


NewsOctober 18, 2019
LBJ faculty, students present research on work, families, public workers, crime and more at the 2019 APPAM Conference

Professors and students from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will lead conversations and present research across an array of policy areas at the 2019 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Denver, Colorado Nov. 7–9.

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NewsAugust 20, 2019
How they spent their summer vacation: making a difference

The mission of the LBJ School is to train both "thinkers and doers," and a hallmark of the LBJ experience is a curriculum that combines academic work with practical experience in the policy world. Every summer, LBJ School students head out into the policy arena to learn more about the kinds of careers they can pursue after graduation — and to gain the experience they'll need to begin. A few of them sent us some details about what they did this year, and what they learned in the process.

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NewsMay 11, 2018
New faculty join LBJ School of Public Affairs

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes several new faculty appointments for the 2018 summer and 2018-19 academic year. New faculty specializations span policy areas and include national security, public management, economics and philanthropy.

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