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LBJ DC Graduation 2023: Meet DC’s next generation of policy leaders 

Dec. 12, 2023

A cohort of graduate students from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas embarked on a transformative journey, blending academic rigor with hands-on policy apprenticeships in Washington DC. The students, who graduated on Saturday, reflect on their time at LBJ with gratitude for a supportive community, impactful policy work, and a wealth of experiences that will undoubtedly shape their futures in public service.

DC Graduate Will Barrett

Student Spotlight: From Policy Apprenticeships to Graduation, A DC Fellow’s Journey

Dec. 6, 2023

Through the DC Concentration, Will Barrett (MGPS-DC ) found himself in the rooms where foreign policy happens. He took LBJ classes at night and worked by day, notably contributing to subnational diplomacy goals at Foreign Policy for America and gaining insights into federal government operations at the Department of State’s European and Eurasian Bureau. He graduates on Dec. 9 with a readiness to change the world.

Ambassador Larry Andre and colleagues at Awards Luncheon

Distinguished diplomat Ambassador Larry André (ret) is inducted into the American Academy of Diplomacy

Nov. 29, 2023

Ambassador Larry André (ret), with a distinguished 38-year career in the federal government, has been inducted into the American Academy of Diplomacy.

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New national clearinghouse on prison oversight to be unveiled by the Prison and Jail Innovation Lab at The University of Texas at Austin

Nov. 16, 2023

The Prison and Jail Innovation Lab at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas is proud to introduce a groundbreaking national clearinghouse designed to significantly change the dialogue on prison oversight.

LBJ Women's Campaign School graduate Amy Abbott with UT Austin burnt orange and yellow

Veteran's Day Student Spotlight: Amy Abbott, LBJ Women's Campaign School

Nov. 10, 2023

Veteran's Day Student Spotlight: Amy Abbott, a student veteran from Houston, Texas, is nearing graduation from the LBJ Women’s Campaign School on November 18. With over 20 years of military service, she transitioned from the Army to become an Air Force officer, contributing to rule of law in Afghanistan and antiterrorism campaigns in Somalia. Amy's attendance at the LBJ Women's Campaign School reflects her belief in the unifying power of voices and the importance of women's representation in politics.

Ambassador Carrin F. Patman (JD ’82) and Jim V. Derrick (JD ’70)

The Patman Center for Civic and Political Engagement Established at LBJ School of Public Affairs

Nov. 9, 2023

Civic and political engagement is getting a boost at The University of Texas at Austin thanks to a generous new gift that will expand opportunities for students to strengthen America’s democracy.

LBJ faculty featured at APPAM

From Austin to Atlanta: LBJ School at APPAM Research Conference

Nov. 6, 2023

The 2023 Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Fall Research Conference will see the LBJ School at UT Austin shine on the national stage. With 15 separate APPAM sessions featuring 12 distinguished scholars from LBJ, including 5 faculty members and 7 students, policy leaders from Austin, Texas, are poised to make a significant impact in Atlanta, Georgia, from November 9-11.

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Student Spotlight: Steven Santoyo (MPAff)

Nov. 2, 2023

In an inspiring journey from the classroom to the policy arena, Steven Santoyo, who is from Dallas, is pursuing a Master of Public Affairs at the LBJ School, with a focus on K-12 education policy. Having previously taught and earned a Master of Education from Southern Methodist University, Steven brings a wealth of experience and dedication to making a positive impact on our education system.

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Unusually dry growing seasons in Central America associated with migration to the US

Oct. 27, 2023

In a new article in Scientific Reports, which is in the portfolio of Nature journals, a team of scholars from the University of Utah and The University of Texas at Austin found that drier than normal periods during growing seasons in Central America were associated with emigration to the United States in recent years. LBJ School professor Joshua Busby is a co-author.

NASPAA 2023

Leading voices at NASPAA: the LBJ School champions public service education in Pittsburgh

Oct. 10, 2023

The LBJ School is a proud supporter of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration’s annual conference, taking place this year in Pittsburg from October 11-13. Leaders from the LBJ School, alongside public policy school peers, will explore the role of public service education in today’s environment during panels, discussions and more.