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USNWR 2021 Grad School Rankings: LBJ School ranks #8

The LBJ School of Public Affairs ranks No. 8 in graduate public affairs schools in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report's (USNWR) 2021 edition of "Best Graduate Schools."

Feature October 12, 2020

Applications for Fall 2021 entry are OPEN — how to apply

Entering the public policy arena takes courage, creativity and drive. The LBJ School, a top 10 public policy school, has a unique combination of spirit, purpose and will that will give you opportunities and show you how to make a difference. Join our community of change-makers. RSVP to our Virtual Open House to learn more.

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An LBJ student flashes a Hook 'Em with the UT Tower in the distance during Gone to Texas 2018
News October 13, 2020

RGK Director David Springer named interim dean-designate of the LBJ School

AUSTIN, Texas—The University of Texas at Austin Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Dan Jaffe announced the appointment of RGK Center Director and University Distinguished Professor David Springer of the LBJ School of Public Affairs to serve as the school's interim dean beginning in January 2021.

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News October 15, 2020

EPA Appoints LBJ Professor Sheila Olmstead to the Science Advisory Board

AUSTIN (Oct. 16, 2020) — On Wednesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of new members to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its four subcommittees including: the Agricultural Science Committee (ASC), the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), the Drinking Water Committee (DWC), and the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC). Sheila Olmstead, a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, is among the 16 new members.

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Professor of Public Affairs Sheila Olmstead
News October 27, 2020

LBJ School works to help get out the vote in Texas

Visit vote.org to request an absentee ballot, sign up for reminders and find a polling place near you. Other voting resources are available on the page for our recent LBJ In the Arena session on Protecting the Right to Vote, with Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir (MPAff '81) and Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins.

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LBJ faculty, students and staff who voted early in 2020
News October 13, 2020

Childcare and workforce realities create 'she-cession' amid COVID-19

The LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and YWCA USA announced today the release of a new white paper entitled "America's Recovery from the 2020 "Shecession": Building a Female Future of Childcare and Work," which details how challenges and systemic inequities are contributing to this year's economic crisis and the disproportionate impact on women. The new report offers policymakers a blueprint for American economic recovery based on the intentional buildout of high quality, affordable and accessible childcare together with a concrete future-of-work plan for the female workforce.

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Media Mention October 27, 2020
Why the GOP hold on Texas is loosening

The huge surge of early voting in Texas' rapidly growing cities and inner suburbs likely marks the end of unchallenged Republican dominance in America's second largest state — a seismic shift in the nation's electoral landscape. "Texas is growing, but it's all in metro. It's not in rural anymore; rural population is declining. It is a metro state." Said Steven Pedigo, Director of the LBJ Urban Lab.

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Media Mention October 26, 2020
Beyond the Myth of Malcolm X

Understanding the humanity, and the communities, that shaped the brilliant, troubled, selfish, generous, sincere radical

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Media Mention October 23, 2020
LBJ protege says Donald Trump is wrong to claim he's done most for Blacks since Lincoln

One Texan whose political career got more than a little help from Lyndon Johnson called Donald Trump's claim that he has done more for Black Americans than any president since Abraham Lincoln a gross distortion of history and an affront to the civil rights struggles of the 1960s. "Johnson's Civil Rights (Act) was a moon shot," said former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, who was elected to the Texas House in 1961 at age 22 and became a protege to both Johnson and former Gov. John Connally. 

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News October 27, 2020
LBJ School works to help get out the vote in Texas

Visit vote.org to request an absentee ballot, sign up for reminders and find a polling place near you. Other voting resources are available on the page for our recent LBJ In the Arena session on Protecting the Right to Vote, with Travis County Clerk Dana DeBeauvoir (MPAff '81) and Harris County Clerk Chris Hollins.

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News October 26, 2020
Elections 2020: LBJ School Faculty Experts

Faculty from the LBJ School of Public Affairs are nationally and internationally recognized scholars and experts across a range of major policy topics, including the 2020 election at the local, state and federal levels. View our 2020 election experts guide below. Where to watch LBJ School faculty  Pre-election Friday, Oct. 30: Steven Pedigo joins Fox 7 Austin for a special newscast on Propositions A and B; Airs at approximately 6 p.m. CT

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News October 15, 2020
EPA Appoints LBJ Professor Sheila Olmstead to the Science Advisory Board

AUSTIN (Oct. 16, 2020) — On Wednesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of new members to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) and its four subcommittees including: the Agricultural Science Committee (ASC), the Chemical Assessment Advisory Committee (CAAC), the Drinking Water Committee (DWC), and the Radiation Advisory Committee (RAC). Sheila Olmstead, a professor of public affairs at the LBJ School, is among the 16 new members.

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