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 an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. He received a joint Ph.D. in Public Policy from Indiana University-Bloomington, and his primary research interests are in the areas of employee morale, organizational performance and policy implementation in the public sector. His work has been published in scholarly outlets such as the Review of Public Personnel Administration, Nonprofit Management and Leadership and Public Performance and Management Review. Dr. Abner's work has also been covered in popular outlets including Government Executive, FEDweek and Federal Times.


July 29, 2020
Rethinking Policing: Police Accreditation & Data Driven Policy Models​

LBJ Assistant Professor Gordon Abner discussed his research on police accreditation and talked with Jameila "Meme" Styles of MEASURE, an organization at the forefront of addressing community policing and social disparities through a data-driven model. Abner and Styles talked about how to best harness data to bring about effective and equitable policies that reimagine policing.

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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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