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Applications for Fall 2022 entry are OPEN; what you need to know

Entering the public policy arena takes courage, creativity and drive. The LBJ School, ranked No. 7 among graduate public affairs schools in the nation, 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.

September 10, 2021

Suri op-ed: 9/11 aftermath: 20 years of trauma

"We rarely understand a moment until it has passed," writes LBJ Professor Jeremi Suri in a historical perspective on Sept.

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White rose at the NYC 9/11 Memorial. Credit: Iago Godoy, Unsplash
September 1, 2021

Applications for Fall 2022 entry are OPEN; what you need to know

Entering the public policy arena takes courage, creativity and drive. The LBJ School, ranked No. 7 among graduate public affairs schools in the nation, 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. 

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Dean-designate JR DeShazo with incoming students at Gone to Texas 2021
August 24, 2021

Meet JR DeShazo, the LBJ School's new dean

In July, The University of Texas at Austin named JR DeShazo the 12th dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, a school producing graduates who are both skilled policy analysts and talented leaders of public and nonprofit organizations. DeShazo comes to the Forty Acres from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he has led both the Department of Public Policy and the Luskin Center for Innovation as its founding director for more than a decade.

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JR DeShazo
August 13, 2021

Fall 2021 classes focus on topics from intelligence and foreign policy to Black politics and COVID

In many ways, "public policy" world is as varied as the people who practice it. There is no one path to it; thinkers and doers pursue their passion for service for so many different reasons. The LBJ School was founded to improve the quality of public service in the United States and abroad at all levels of governance and civic engagement. We practice this through interdisciplinary scholarship, hands-on experience and a customizable educational experience that allows students to develop unique skills and expertise.

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A student raises her hand during a class
August 13, 2021

Why LBJ? Incoming students on why they're here, and how they want to change the world

Expert thinkers and doers are always critically important in public policy, and given the remarkable speed of change and the complexity of challenges that we as a society face, the need for dedicated, passionate and well-trained public servants has never been clearer. New LBJ students have answered the call to service in a tremendous way. This incoming class includes more than 250 new master's degree students and nine Ph.D. students.

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August 11, 2021

Raj Patel releases new book on the social, environmental causes of ill health

Award-winning author, filmmaker and The University of Texas at Austin research scientist Raj Patel, with co-author and physician Dr.

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LBJ's Raj Patel and his new book, "Inflamed"
July 14, 2021

JR DeShazo appointed dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs

The University of Texas at Austin has named JR DeShazo as the next dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. DeShazo’s appointment begins Sept. 10, 2021.

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JR DeShazo
July 14, 2021

Senate committee approves EPA, Commerce nominees

LBJ alumna Alejandra Castillo's nomination for assistant secretary for economic development at the Department of Commerce was approved, moving closer to a full Senate confirmation. Castillo, a '98 graduate, received the LBJ School's highest alumni honor in 2020. 

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July 9, 2021

In Memoriam: Montgomery C. Meigs

Montgomery C. Meigs, a former adjunct professor at the LBJ School and retired general who led the U.S. Army in Europe from 1998 to 2002, died on July 6, 2021 after a long illness. He is survived by his wife, Mary Ann, and their sons William and Matthew.

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Montgomery Meigs, General, U.S. Army (Ret.)
July 8, 2021

LBJ School professor to serve as climate advisor for Biden administration

Josh Busby, an associate professor in the LBJ School of Public Affairs, has joined the Biden administration as a senior advisor for climate in the U.S. Department of Defense. He will spend a year working on climate change and national security at the Pentagon, where he will be involved in the Biden administration's prioritization of climate change including the National Defense Strategy.

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LBJ Professor Josh Busby will study climate change and national security in the Biden administration