• Ph.D. in Political Science, Yale University
  • M.A., Indiana University
  • Fulbright Scholar, Centre for West African Studies, Birmingham, England
  • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Process and Institutions
  • Social Policy
  • Intelligence and National Security

Edwin Dorn teaches defense policy and courses about the relationship between race and immigration policy. He was dean of the LBJ School from 1997 to 2005. Prior to that, Dr. Dorn spent 20 years in Washington, D.C. He worked on civil rights and education policy in the Carter administration and served as under secretary of defense (Personnel & Readiness) in the Clinton administration. During the 1980s, he was affiliated with two Washington think tanks, the Joint Center for Political Studies and the Brookings Institution. A native Texan, he graduated from UT Austin (Phi Beta Kappa). After serving as an officer in the U.S. Army, he completed his Ph.D. at Yale University. Dr. Dorn’s major publications include “Rules and Racial Equality” (Yale University Press) and “Who Defends America?,” which he edited (Joint Center for Political Studies Press). He was an adviser to the PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights Years.” He is chairman of the board of the Kettering Foundation and serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses and the Seton Family of Hospitals. He also participates in the Dartmouth Conferences, an ongoing series of “back channel” meetings between prominent citizens of the United States and Russia.

Media Expertise
  • Human Resources
  • Civil Rights
  • Defense
  • Education Policy
  • Race & Ethnic Relations
  • U.S. Federal Government/Policy


NewsJanuary 12, 2017
Reimagining Martin Luther King's Dream in 2017

Please join Professor Ed Dorn for a special noontime discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 17, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Day and explore together the key issues that defined and shaped Dr. King’s legacy through a modern-day lens.

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