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.


NewsMarch 15, 2022
LBJ faculty, students present research on environment and energy, COVID and learning, equity, reproductive health at APPAM

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 APPAM, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference in Austin March 27–29.

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Media MentionJanuary 19, 2022
Masked Austin candidates pop up in ads

"While there are many candidates that support taking precautions to prevent the spread of COVID, matching a visual with text reinforces that message in ways that solely text does not," Gordon Abner, an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas who writes about confidence in government, tells Axios.

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August 12, 2020
Women of Color in the Political Arena

Why is it so important for women of color to have representation in elected office? And what actions can be taken to recruit and support women of color on their political journey? On Aug. 12, we hosted a conversation with A'shanti Gholar, founder of the podcast "The Brown Girls Guide to Politics" and president of Emerge America; and Janelle King, co-founder of Speak Georgia and panelist on the TV show "The Georgia Gang," moderated by Dr. Victoria DeFrancesco Soto. The discussion was co-sponsored by the LBJ Women's Campaign School.

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