Paul Stekler is the director of research for the Center for Politics and Governance and the George Christian Centennial Professor of Communication. Stekler is a nationally recognized documentary filmmaker whose critically praised and award-winning work includes "George Wallace: Settin' the Woods on Fire," (Film, 2000); "Last Man Standing: Politics, Texas Style," (Film, 2004); "Vote for Me: Politics in America," (Film, 1996) a four-hour PBS special about grassroots electoral politics; two segments of the "Eyes on the Prize II" series on the history of civil rights; "Last Stand at Little Big Horn," (Film, 2004) broadcast as part of PBS's "The American Experience" series; and "Louisiana Boys: Raised on Politics" (Film, 1992) broadcast on PBS's "P.O.V." series. Overall, his films have won two George Foster Peabody Awards, three Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Journalism Awards, and three national Emmy Awards. Dr. Stekler also has a doctorate in government from Harvard University, where his work focused on Southern politics.
His latest film project was co-producing and writing Frontline's "The Choice," about the 2008 presidential campaign, which aired on PBS in October 2008. Dr. Stekler regularly co-teaches the Center's course "The Modern American Political Campaign."