Dorn, Edwin | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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 of Public Affairs from 1997 to 2005. Prior to that, Dr. Dorn spent 20 years in Washington, DC. He worked on civil rights and education policy in the Carter administration and served as undersecretary 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 The University of Texas at 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.

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


NewsFebruary 27, 2018
LBJ School's 21st annual Barbara Jordan National Forum celebrates perseverance, resolve in public service

The LBJ School of Public Affairs celebrated the 21st annual Barbara Jordan National Forum Feb. 19–23, paying tribute to the former congresswoman’s life and legacy through student-led programming focused on social justice issues.

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NewsFebruary 12, 2018
LBJ School Celebrates Barbara Jordan National Forum 21st Anniversary

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin will pay tribute to the life and legacy of former congresswoman, distinguished public servant and teacher Barbara Jordan during the 21st annual Barbara Jordan National Forum (BJNF), Feb. 19–23.

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NewsJanuary 31, 2018
LBJ faculty react to State of the Union

Tuesday evening President Trump delivered his first State of the Union address. Here, faculty from the LBJ School share their reactions.

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