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Edwin Dorn

Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs

Phone: +1 512 232 4007

Ed Dorn became Dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in September 1997, after spending 20 years in Washington shaping and studying public policy. His last Washington job was at the Pentagon, where he served from 1993 to 1997, initially as an Assistant Secretary and later as an Under Secretary of Defense. Mr. Dorn also worked at the US Education Department and at two "think tanks"--the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and the Brookings Institution. His first position in Washington, in 1977, was as a special assistant to the then-Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare Joseph Califano. As Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Mr. Dorn's policy responsibilities included recruiting, training, pay and benefits for the total force of more than three million military and civilian personnel. He also oversaw the Defense Health Program, the Commissary System, Overseas Dependent Schools and the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute. A native Texan, Mr. Dorn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of UT-Austin. In 1967-68, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the Center for West African Studies at the University of Birmingham, England. He completed an M.A. in African studies at the University of Indiana-Bloomington and a Ph.D. in political science at Yale. From 1970-72, he served on active duty with the US Army in Germany. Mr. Dorn's major publications include "Rules and Racial Equality" (Yale, 1979) and an edited volume, "Who Defends America?" (Joint Center, 1989). He has been an advisor to two PBS-TV Series: "Congress: We The People" and the civil rights documentary "Eyes on the Prize." His affiliations include the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Kettering Foundation and the United Way/Capital Area. In 1999, Dorn was named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of Texas at Austin.


International affairs; national security/ defense policy; human resources policy (especially military personnel); civil rights/ race relations; policy making (especially the executive branch); federal education policy; African politics, business

Dr. Dorn is the chairman of the board for the Kettering Foundation; chairman of the visiting committee for the Institute for Defense Analysis; board member for the Atlantic Council and an advisory committee member for the Children's Defense Fund.