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, where 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, Dr. Dorn 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. His 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." Dr. Dorn 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.

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


Media MentionJune 25, 2020
UT professor reflects on university's desegregation

It's one thing to witness history, but in Edwin Dorn's case, he lived it. Recent protests for Black Lives Matter demanding racial equity and condemning police brutality brought him back to his days as an undergraduate at the University of Texas. He was one of about 200 African American students who attended the university in the early 1960s.

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Media MentionMarch 29, 2020
What the government needs to do next

In late 2019, doctors and public health experts in Wuhan saw symptoms they concluded were caused by a new virus, but Beijing did not respond correctly. The U.S. president had weeks of warning. He has been derelict, and the nation will pay a heavy price, writes LBJ's Edwin Dorn

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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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