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February 28, 2024
Kristin Morton, a LBJ School MGPS graduate, poses outside of the LBJ Library with the UT tower in the background

Kristin Morton, a Policy Analyst at the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, shares the insights and impact learned as a Master of Global Policy Studies graduate from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. The Odessa, Texas native credits the LBJ School with enhancing her problem solving and public policy skills.


Kristin Morton, MGPS

Policy interests: Security, Law, and Diplomacy 

“During my two years at LBJ I was able to learn not only from my professors, but also from my peers. I appreciated being able to discuss difficult topics and learn from others’ points of view. I always felt supported any time I took on a new challenge, whether it be in my academic or professional careers."   

“I wanted to hone my love for problem solving and public policy and LBJ gave be the opportunity to do that!” 

Tell us about your professional journey after you left the LBJ School.  

Originally, I was geared up to go straight into intelligence analysis, but ultimately decided I loved Austin and wanted to stay here. I began working at the Sunset Commission last year and have loved it. Being able to apply the practical skills at LBJ has been incredibly fulfilling. Every day I get to put my critical thinking and problem-solving skills to use. 

What was your most treasured memory from your time at the LBJ School? 

Professor Pope and Dr. Suri each held end-of-semester parties at their homes for their students. It was so fun to get together with my peers, enjoy each other’s company, and see how far we had come! I really appreciated how much the faculty poured into supporting their students and making us feel valued. 

Professors Pope and Slick were always there to share stories and wealth of knowledge with their students. I appreciated always being able to go to them for practical advice. Dr. Suri provided a space that pushed us out of our comfort zone to confront new ideas and think critically about topics we hadn’t questioned before. I appreciate all three of these faculty members for giving us a space to ask the hard questions and really challenge ourselves. 

What is one greatest skill you honed at the LBJ School that you still use? 

The ability to look at difficult issues objectively, collaboration with peers, and being able to do critical analysis to come to a logical solution 

What advice would you give to current students interested in policy? 

Don’t limit yourself to one Policy area or one school of thought from the get go. Dabble in different policy areas (you never know what you might end up loving that you’d never considered before) and be open to the insight and perspectives of others. It’s the best way to learn and grow! 

What are your future plans or aspirations? 

In the future I hope to continue to serve the public, whether that be in Texas or on the federal level. In the short term I hope to continue my work for the state of Texas and contribute to positive change. I feel my time at LBJ set me up to do this, and I’m grateful to be able to be able to put this into practice every day! 

Learn more about the Master of Global Policy Studies. The Round 2 Deadline is March 15. 


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