DeShazo, JR | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • B.A., College of William & Mary
  • M.Sc., Oxford University, St. Antony's College
  • Ph.D., Harvard University
Research Areas
  • Clean Technology Policy
  • Environmental Equity
  • Environmental Economics
Teaching Areas
  • Environmental and Energy Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Clean Technology Policy
  • Environmental Equity

JR DeShazo is the 12th dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He previously served as the founding director of the Luskin Center for Innovation at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), one of the nation's leading environmental policy research centers.

He is a distinguished scholar focusing on clean technology policies, policy design to enhance environmental equity, methods for valuing changes in environmental quality, and the performance of public agencies.

In his leadership roles, Dr. DeShazo has made faculty research and student experience key priorities. He led campus-wide interdisciplinary research efforts, enhanced training and mentorship of students, and spearheaded efforts to increase representation among bothfaculty and students. Dr. DeShazo was also responsible for fostering strategic partnerships with leading organizations, including the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute and the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies.

Through his research and appointments, he has served as a policy adviser to international organizations such as the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the United Nations, as well federal agencies such as the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy, the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Dr. DeShazo earned a doctorate in Urban Planning from Harvard University, a master's in Development Economics from Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar, and a bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary.


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