Professor, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
Phone: (512) 471-6679
Paul Stekler's documentary work about American politics and society includes "Last Man Standing" (broadcast on PBS's P.O.V. series). "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire" (winner of an Emmy and the Special Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival), "Vote for Me: Politics in America," a four-hour documentary series about grassroots electoral politics (winner of an Emmy, a George Foster Peabody Award and a duPont-Columbia Journalism Award); and two segments of the "Eyes on the Prize II" series on the history of civil rights.
Stekler marries his political and media expertise as the host and executive producer for
PBS's statewide Texas politics show "Special Session," while also teaching a campaign
politics course at the LBJ School along with Matthew Dowd, chief campaign strategist for the 2004 Bush-Cheney campaign; Mark McKinnon, who oversaw advertising for the 2000 and 2004 Bush-Cheney campaigns; and Wayne Slater, senior political writer of the Dallas Morning News and coauthor of "Bush?s Brain: How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential."
Stekler has a doctorate in government from Harvard University, has written about Southern politics, and was a political consultant in New Orleans. He has taught at the University of Texas' nationally recognized RTF film program since 1997. He also appeared on MTV's The Real World Austin as that season's boss, supervising the making of a documentary film about SXSW.
Politics, Southern politics, political campaigns, political advertising and how polls affect campaigns and campaign messaging; documentary filmmaking