The Climate Change and African Political Stability program has offered 82 students over three years the opportunity for field research in Africa, focusing on the role climate change may play in political stability in African countries. Three students share their experiences with the program.Read more
In June 2012, Bobby R. Inman, Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Lyndon B. Johnson Centennial Chair in National Policy, delivered a speech at a colloquium on Chinese-U.S. Relations at an event sponsored by the China Energy Fund Committee in Hong Kong.Read more
Innovative Research on the Role Climate Change Plays in Political Instability Offers Students Opportunity for Field Work in Africa
Christian Peratsakis came to the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin in 2010 to take part in ground-breaking research into how climate change affects political stability in Africa.Read more
For more than a year, LBJ School Lecturer Sherri Greenberg and 17 of her students researched exactly how and why members of Congress use social media and examined its policy implications and best practices.
To their surprise, they found that the elected officials use social media most often to stake out their positions on issues and not necessarily to campaign or tout their media appearances. Their research, funded by the Library of Congress, will be shared with members of Congress as they try to use new media as effectively as possible.Read more
BY: Sherri Greenberg, Director of the LBJ School's Center for Politics and Governance
In the Olympic trial that was the June 28 Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, health care reform won this heat. Just as sports enthusiasts have been waiting with eager anticipation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, many Americans have been waiting for this Supreme Court ruling. Crowds assembled in Washington and across the nation, as the Supreme Court ruled in a momentous 5-4 decision that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional.Read more
In a project designed to expose students to real-world policymaking, LBJ School students produced sample briefings for the next presidential transition. The project was part of a course on strategy and decision-making in global policy, which showcased the blending of scholarly study and policy relevant exercises that are the hallmark of education at the LBJ School.Read more
We know an industry is in crisis when its top institutions cannot establish stable leadership. That is the case with some of our nation's best public universities today.
When the Board of Visitors at the University of Virginia pressured President Teresa Sullivan to resign on June 10, she became the fourth leader of a flagship public university to leave office under a cloud of controversy recently.
The other casualties included the highly respected leaders of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Illinois and the University of Oregon. The president of the University of California at Berkeley has also announced that he will step down in December. Leaders of public universities in other states face equally strong pressures to go. The men and women in these jobs seem to have a target on their backs.
This can't go on.
Young social innovators convened in Austin during the past several days as part of the Dell Social Innovation Challenge (DSIC), the flagship social entrepreneurship initiative of the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. At last night’s awards ceremony held at ACL Live at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin, Essmart Global was announced as the winner of the $50,000 grand prize. Essmart Global was selected from five teams for the prize, which recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who envision, create and implement social innovation projects that help communities around the world.Read more
The 2012 edition of the Thinkers and Doers Summer Internship Blog has launched with 12 student bloggers focusing on policy issues for a variety of governmental, non-governmental and non-profit organizations around the world. From domestic criminal justice policy issues in Texas, to issues of poverty and outreach in Guatemala, these student interns will share their on-going stories as they develop the skills to become change agents in the world of public affairs. We invite you to meet our bloggers and learn about their various policy interests and then follow along as they describe their fieldwork.Read more