LBJ School Semester in Review: Fall 2017 | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

The LBJ School students’ visit with former Vice President Joe Biden made the cover of The Daily Texan's Semester in Review.

Here are some more highlights from a great semester at the LBJ School.

High-Profile Visitors

Former Vice President Joe Biden visits with LBJ students


After an appearance at the Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, former Vice President Joe Biden engaged with students during an exclusive meet and greet. "I don't know that I can put it into words," said Thomas Trinh (MPAff '18) upon meeting Biden. "He's definitely rooted us, humbled us in remembering that we don't become elite."



LBJ School hosts Rob Reiner, Woody Harrelson for advance 'LBJ' movie screening


The LBJ School was proud to host an advance screening of the major motion picture "LBJ," with special guests Rob Reiner, the film's director, and Woody Harrelson, the actor who plays Lyndon B. Johnson. The day's events included a student question-and-answer session with Reiner and Harrelson as well as a post-screening discussion panel moderated by the Honorable Julián Castro.


Secretary Madeleine Albright joins LBJ School students for an exclusive visit


Secretary Madeleine Albright, the first woman to become the United States Secretary of State, talked to LBJ students about foreign policy and her career as Secretary from 1997–2001 under President Bill Clinton. She provided insight in response to student questions about the U.S.'s role in the world, discussing the country's relationships with Russia, Latin America and North Korea, foreign policy tactics versus strategy and international relations under the Trump administration.


Student Activities

LBJ students comprise social media team at Trib Fest '17

A group of LBJ School students formed a social media team to provide coverage of the three-day Texas Tribune Festival event that brings together leading policy experts, practitioners and media to explore our state and nation's most pressing issues.


LBJ School Crook Fellows intern across the globe


Eight LBJ students received Crook Fellowships to support their summer experiences, which spanned across the globe from Washington, DC and Boston, to Nicaragua, to Nigeria (above) and Uganda. The LBJ School grants support to students undertaking summer internships for non-profit, non-governmental or governmental organizations that conduct development projects in the developing world. The grants, awarded in amounts up to $5,000, are funded by the Eleanor Crook Foundation through the William H. Crook Program in International Affairs.

LBJ Archer Fellows live, work in nation's capital


Four LBJ students were selected as Graduate Archer Fellows, affording them the opportunity to live and work in the heart of our nation's capital. They worked with organizations from the Office of Management and Budget (pictured above) to the National Children's Alliance and the National Defense University.


New Faculty Hires

Former HUD Secretary, Mayor of San Antonio Julián Castro joins LBJ School at UT Austin


Julián Castro, who served as the 16th U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) under President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2017 and mayor of San Antonio from 2009 to 2014, joined the LBJ School in August as Dean's Distinguished Fellow and Fellow of the Dávila Chair in International Trade Policy.


Former U.S. Health and Human Services acting deputy secretary joins the LBJ School and School of Nursing at UT Austin


Mary Wakefield, Ph.D., RN, FAAN and former acting deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, joined the faculty this fall as Dean's Distinguished Fellow.

Wakefield's appointment is a joint appointment with the School of Nursing, where she serves as visiting professor and distinguished fellow of the Joseph H. Blades Centennial Memorial Professorship in Nursing.


Faculty Highlights

LBJ's Abigail Aiken uses data to inform one of Texas's most heated policy debates


Dr. Abigail Aiken, an assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has dedicated her career to researching factors that affect sexual and reproductive health, including one of the most highly charged issues in society, access to abortion. "I think data and scientific evidence can provide some common ground for discussion," she said.


LBJ Professor releases book on the challenges of aging in modern society

Jacqueline Angel, a professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin, has released a new book on the challenges of caring for the aging.

In the book, "Family, Intergenerational Solidarity, and Post-Traditional Society," Angel, with colleague Ronald Angel, addresses rapidly evolving moral and ethical dilemmas that define post-traditional society.


LBJ Professor Raj Patel releases interdisciplinary book on effects of capitalism

Nature, money, work, care, food, energy and lives, and how these seven things have shaped our world and its future are the focuses of a new book by Raj Patel, a research professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The book, "A History of the World in Seven Cheap Things: A Guide to Capitalism, Nature, and the Future of the Planet," is co-authored by Jason W. Moore, an associate professor at Binghamton University and coordinator of the World-Ecology Research Network.


LBJ Professor releases book on the rise and fall of the American presidency

Jeremi Suri, the Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs and a professor at The University of Texas at Austin, has released a new book on the rise and fall of the American presidency, "The Impossible Presidency: The Rise and Fall of America's Highest Office." In the book, Suri argues that the successful presidents of the past created unrealistic expectations for every president since John F. Kennedy, with enormously problematic implications for American politics.


New research from the LBJ School examines relationship between U.S. visa waiver program and national security

New research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs examines foreign tourism to the United States and the resulting economic benefits against the backdrop of national security. Ruth Wasem, the study's lead author and a clinical professor of public policy practice at LBJ, said, "My research finds that facilitating travel from select foreign countries through the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) enhances national security because VWP is directly linked to intelligence sharing agreements and more secure travel documents."


LBJ School: Partners in Intellectual Exchange and Debate

LBJ School, Texas Secretary of State host consular roundtable meetings to foster intellectual exchange

On Dec. 7, the LBJ School, in partnership with Texas Secretary of State Roland Pablos and The University of Texas at Austin, hosted the first in a series of consular roundtable meetings, bringing together consular officials from across Texas and aim to assist the foreign diplomatic corps in developing and maintaining relationships with Texas state government, academic institutions and other stakeholders related to foreign direct investment, innovation, commercial and cultural trade and academic exchange.


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

A stronger workforce supports a stronger economy. The Oct. 4-6 conference at UT Austin, "Investing in America's Workforce: Improving Outcomes for Workers and Employers," featured all 12 of the Federal Reserve System's regional banks and the Board of Governors, and generated national conversation about how to leverage community resources, policy and social investments to build connections between businesses and workers. The capstone conference was hosted by the Federal Reserve System in collaboration with the LBJ School of Public Affairs and the Ray Marshall Center at The University of Texas at Austin, the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University and the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research.


Texas 2030 explores impact of state and national policy changes to trade, immigration, border governance

Researchers, policy practitioners and experts took stock of the future challenges the Texas economy faces. Rep. Byron Cook (R–Corsicana), the Honorable Julián Castro and Austin Mayor Steve Adler delivered remarks at the symposium.