Core to the LBJ School's mission is "getting it done" — developing solutions to policy problems through scholarship and public discourse. Every year, faculty and students take on research that melds the theoretical and the practical, exploring the world through hands-on field work and data analysis to address issues critical to the health of American democracy and global society. Innovation Bound celebrates the impact, quality and range of the published works of our distinguished scholars.
- Ph.D. in Public Administration, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
- MPA, The University of Texas at Arlington
- B.A., Latin American Studies and Government, The University of Texas at Austin
- Public policy and affairs education
- Social innovation
- Policy translation and entrepreneurship
Jenny Knowles Morrison’s research specializes in the study of human perception and sensemaking related to policy implementation processes. Her dissertation study, “From Global Paradigm to Grounded Policy: The Socio-Cognitive Construction of Participatory Development in Cambodia,” examined the complex historical, political and cultural nexus fundamental to the success of collaborations between international donors and local actors in developing countries. This research has spurred her long-term research interest in how diverse actors are able to cross sectoral and institutional boundaries to enact sustainable and impactful policy outcomes.
Morrison is a three-time National Science Foundation awardee (2013–16), whose research with Dean Angela Evans has focused on the building of new pathways to support social scientists in their efforts to transmit evidence-based social science innovations to relevant policy stakeholders:
- “Catalyzing Discovery for Social Impact: Exploring the Power of the Research-Academic-Policy Nexus to Stimulate Policy Innovation”
- “Curriculum Blueprint to Enhance Social Scientists’ Capacities to Create and Sustain Social Change” and
- "Catalyzing Innovation for Social Impact”
Stemming from this work, Morrison’s current interests lie in building a curricular model to shape public affairs students into entrepreneurial policy catalysts, capacitated to work across the boundaries of policy, nonprofit and social innovation sectors to achieve sustainable social impact.