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. Stekler has a doctorate in government from Harvard University, where his work focused on Southern politics. He previously was 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. Stekler was named film school Mentor of the Year in 2014 by Variety.

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


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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NewsFebruary 9, 2017
LBJ School celebrates Barbara Jordan National Forum 20th anniversary

Author Mary Beth Rogers, Texas Rep. Senfronia Thompson and “Get in the Way: The Journey of John Lewis” documentary screening highlight weeklong Barbara Jordan tribute, Feb. 20-24.

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