King, Christopher T. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • Ph.D. in Economics, Michigan State University
  • M.A. in Economics, Michigan State University
  • B.A. in Economics, The University of Texas at Austin
Research Areas
  • Workforce Development
  • Antipoverty Policy
  • Education

Christopher T. King is a lecturer and senior research scientist at the LBJ School of Public Affairs’ Ray Marshall Center, which he directed from 1991 to 2014. He has been researching workforce, education and social policy for more than four decades and received the prestigious Texas Exes Teaching Award in 2007. In 2012, he was selected as one of 20 national leaders in the Aspen Institute’s inaugural class of Ascend Two-Generation Fellows based in part on his work designing CareerAdvance®, Tulsa’s award-winning anti-poverty program, for which he is co-directing a rigorous evaluation with colleagues at Northwestern University. He co-chairs Austin’s Two-Generation Advisory Committee, serves on the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Two-Generation Evidence-Building Advisory Group, and is conducting research for the International Labour Office in Geneva with academics and practitioners around the world. In addition to his two-generation work, he is best known for designing and evaluating leading-edge sectoral and career pathway programs. Dr. King held prior positions as assistant professor of economics at the University of Utah (1973-1976), as an economist with the U.S. Department of Labor (1976-1980) and as director of research and evaluation for job training programs in the Texas Governor’s Office (1983-1985).



NewsOctober 9, 2017
LBJ School and Federal Reserve convene workforce, economic experts at national conference

The LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Federal Reserve, featuring all 12 of the Federal Reserve System's regional banks and the Board of Governors, convened the Investing in America's Workforce national conference to generate conversation about how to leverage community resources, policy and social investments to build connections between businesses and workers.

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NewsJune 26, 2017
LBJ Student Policy Research Project supports collaboration among area service providers in addressing poverty

A 2016-17 Policy Research Project led by the LBJ School’s Chris King focused on 2-Gen strategies in Central Texas to streamline and coordinate the services provided to families to help them improve their economic situation.

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Media MentionApril 28, 2017
A path out of poverty: career training + quality Head Start

What makes a high-quality learning program effective not just for the child but the whole family? The LBJ School's Chris King may have the answer. 

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