Stekler, Paul | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
  • 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


Media MentionJune 9, 2020
Trump may compare himself to Nixon in 1968, but he really resembles Wallace

The president has employed the same kind of inflammatory language as George Wallace did in the 1968 campaign. Richard Nixon ran that year seeking the middle between the Alabama governor and Hubert Humphrey. LBJ's Paul Stekler talks about the comparison.

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Media MentionAugust 16, 2019
Opinion: Is a purple wave coming to Texas in 2020?

"Look past the presidential race and there are indications Texas is rapidly moving from red to purple politically. In just the past few weeks, three Republican congressmen in the crosshairs of Democrats have retired rather than face stiff challenges in 2020," Professor Paul Stekler argues in the Austin American-Statesman. 

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Media MentionMay 26, 2017
Gov. Abbott's gun joke to reporters: ill-timed or too far?

Celebratory target practice -- that's how Texas Governor Greg Abbott marked signing new gun-related legislation into law, but one quip about his spot-on shots has the governor taking heat.

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