Osborne, Cynthia | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2003
  • MPP, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, 1999
  • M.A. in Education, Claremont Graduate University, 1995
  • B.A. in Economics and Psychology, Claremont McKenna College, 1991
Research Areas
  • Family Demography
  • Child and Family Wellbeing
  • Social Policy
Teaching Areas
  • Research and Empirical Methods
  • Social Policy

Cynthia Osborne is an associate professor and director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School. She is also the director of the Child and Family Research Partnership, an in-house research group that conducts rigorous research on policy issues related to young children, adolescents and their parents. Her teaching and research interests include social policy issues, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, and family demography. Dr. Osborne has extensive experience leading long-term evaluations of state and national programs, with the aim of helping organizations understand what works, and how to ensure sustainable implementation of effective policies. Her work includes evaluations for the Texas Home Visiting Program, the largest home visiting program in the country; for critical child welfare programs of the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; and for key child support programs of the Texas Office of the Attorney General. She previously was director of the Project on Education Effectiveness and Quality, an initiative that measured state educator preparation programs’ influence on student achievement. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in demography and public affairs from Princeton University, a Master in Public Policy degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government and a Master of Arts in education from Claremont Graduate University.

Media Expertise
  • Family and Child Welfare
  • Welfare
  • Family demography
  • Inequality
  • Marriage
  • Politics
  • Social policy

Newsworthy

NewsAugust 24, 2018
Cynthia Osborne named LBJ School Associate Dean for Academic Strategies

Cynthia Osborne, an associate professor of public affairs, has been named associate dean for academic strategies at the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin, it was announced today by LBJ School Dean Angela Evans. The appointment is effective Sept. 1 and continues through Aug. 31, 2021.  

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NewsApril 18, 2018
Innovation Bound - The Annual Celebration of LBJ School Policy Research held April 30, 2018; Special Student Poster Session Added to Day’s Research Tribute

Innovation Bound - The Annual Celebration of LBJ School Policy Research held April 30, 2018; Special Student Poster Session Added to Day’s Research Tribute

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NewsAugust 9, 2017
SXSW PanelPicker: Vote for LBJ at SXSW

PanelPicker is the official SXSW user-generated session proposal platform, and the LBJ School has two panels up for vote! Amplify the LBJ School’s SXSW presence and vote during PanelPicker Community Voting from August 7 – August 25. 

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