Stekler, Paul | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982
Teaching Areas
  • Policy Communications

Paul Stekler is an acclaimed documentary filmmaker and founder of the Center for Politics and Governance at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His film work includes "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire," "Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style," two segments of the "Eyes on the Prize II" series on the history of civil rights, "Last Stand at Little Big Horn" (broadcast as part of PBS's series "The American Experience"), "Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics" (broadcast on PBS's "P.O.V." series) and "Getting Back to Abnormal." His films have won two Peabody Awards, three duPont-Columbia University Journalism Awards, three Emmy Awards and a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival.

Dr. Stekler holds a doctorate in government from Harvard University, where his work focused on Southern politics. He previously worked as a political pollster in Louisiana while teaching at Tulane University. His writing has appeared in the Texas Observer, Texas Monthly and the International Documentary Association's magazine, among other places, and in the book, Killing Custer, co-written with novelist James Welch. Dr. Stekler was named film school Mentor of the Year in 2014 by Variety.

Media Expertise
  • State and national campaign politics
  • Elections
  • Public Broadcasting

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Media MentionNovember 18, 2020
Opinion: Blue wave eludes Democrats, but hope laps at Texas' shores

"For Texas Democrats, the election results were a shock. The state did not turn blue or even purple. No new congressional seats. No progress at picking off the needed nine seats in the Texas House to flip the chamber. Nothing," writes LBJ Professor Paul Stekler.

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NewsOctober 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.

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