Meet Your MPAff Graduate Adviser: Jacqueline Angel | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

LBJ School students engage deeply with the community around them to understand and develop bold solutions to today’s most pressing policy challenges.

The opportunities for customization of the Master of Public Affairs program create a diversity of perspectives, contributing to a holistic view of local, state and national issues. All of this is guided by our cutting-edge research faculty and leading policy practitioners dedicated to student success.

"LBJ MPAff students are literally changing the world." —Professor Jacqueline Angel

Jacqueline Angel, professor of public affairs and sociology, serves as a graduate adviser to LBJ School students in the MPAff program. She’s been a professor here at The University of Texas at Austin since 1994, choosing UT because of the opportunities for teaching and research in her specialty area—Latino health, aging and social policy.

What is your role as a graduate adviser for the MPAff program?

"I help students define and develop academic and career plans through schedule planning for each semester. I also meet with advisees weekly and during registration and internship orientation sessions to describe course offerings and internships that align with career goals."

What do you enjoy most about working with LBJ students?

"LBJ MPAff students are literally changing the world. The student body is vibrant, talented and diverse, as well as highly motivated to make a positive and measurable difference. Pointing students to what resources the school and university have to offer is particularly satisfying."

What makes the LBJ School unique?

"The LBJ School provides students with administrative, intellectual and quantitative tools, hands-on experience, as well as the passion to become effective and ethical future public leaders. In addition, engagement with distinguished faculty and highly regarded practitioners fosters learning in local, national and international policy communities."

Questions about the MPAff program? Contact Professor Angel at

About the MPAff Program

With a combination of theory, analysis and relevant practical application, the Master of Public Affairs program provides a foundation for understanding the economic, political, analytical and management principles of policymaking. Graduates are prepared to engage directly in local, national and government operations, nonprofit and advocacy organizations, and more.