New faculty join LBJ School of Public Affairs | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin

AUSTIN, Texas, May 11, 2018 — The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin welcomes several new faculty appointments for the 2018 summer and 2018-19 academic year. New faculty specializations span policy areas and include national security, public management, economics and philanthropy.


New Faculty Appointments

William McRaven, M.Sc., Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)former UT System Chancellor and a retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral, will join the school as a professor in national security, drawing on his experiences. He helped create and launch the Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict curriculum as a student in the Naval Postgraduate School, becoming its first graduate.

Alan Kessler, Ph.D., is Resident Intelligence Officer at the LBJ School, the first at The University of Texas at Austin. As an officer in the CIA's Directorate of Analysis (DA), he drafted a wide range of analytic products on strategic communications to support US public diplomacy and developed new methods to assess the effectiveness of technical collection platforms for senior intelligence community and policy customers. Prior to serving in the DA, Kessler taught courses on international relations and foreign policy as a faculty member of the Government Department at The University of Texas at Austin. 

Donald F. Kettl, Ph.D., former dean and professor of public policy at the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, joins the school as a professor, and will also serve as Academic Director of the LBJ Washington Center. Kettl will develop and teach courses in public management and work to further advance the school’s engagement with communities of public management, public administration and public leadership at the national level. He also will coordinate course offerings at the LBJ Washington Center and head the academic committee in Austin charged with academic policy for the Washington program. Kettl received a doctorate in political science from Yale University. Read more about Kettl’s appointment.

Gordon Abner, Ph.D. will be an assistant professor of public management, teaching courses and developing research focused on public management and public administration. He received a doctorate from Indiana University at Bloomington and is currently a postdoctoral fellow this year at the School.

Raissa Fabregas, M.Sc. will join the school as an assistant professor of economics, teaching courses and conducting research on labor policy, markets and development. She is currently a doctoral candidate in public policy at Harvard Kennedy School.

Ji Ma, M.A., will join the school as an assistant professor for the RGK Center, teaching courses and conducting research in philanthropy, data management and computational social sciences. He is currently a doctoral candidate in philanthropy at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Jaganath Sankaran, Ph.D. will join the school as an assistant professor of global policy, teaching courses and conducting research on national and international security and defense. He received a doctorate in public policy from the University of Maryland.  

Andrew Waxman, Ph.D. joins the school as an assistant professor of economics, teaching courses and conducting research on regulatory economics and environmental, urban and transportation policy. He received a doctorate in applied economics and management from Cornell University.