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Robert H. Wilson

Robert H. Wilson

Interim Dean and J.J. "Jake" Pickle Regents Chair in Public Affairs


Contact Info

512-471-3200
SRH 3.384B
dean.r.wilson@austin.utexas.edu

Office Hours

By appointment

Robert H. Wilson is Dean ad Interim and the J.J. "Jake" Pickle Regent Chair in Public Affairs at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, University of Texas at Austin. A member of the LBJ School faculty since 1979, Wilson’s research has addressed comparative urban policy, community development and metropolitan governance. He teaches courses on the application of quantitative methods to public policy and urban and regional policy.

He has authored or edited 13 books, including LBJ’s Neglected Legacies: Reshaping the Federal Government (University of Texas Press); Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas (University of Notre Dame Press); Urban Segregation and Governance in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan); Governance in the Americas: Decentralization, Democracy and Subnational Government in Brazil, Mexico and the United States (University of Notre Dame Press); Public Policy and Community: Activism and Governance in Texas (University of Texas Press); States and the Economy: Policymaking and Decentralization (Praeger); The Political Economy of Brazil: Public Policies in an Era of Transition (University of Texas Press); and over 70 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports.

He has served as: Visiting International Philips Professorship at the Getulio Vargas Foundation (São Paulo, Brazil); Fulbright/FLAD Chair in Knowledge Management Policies at the Advanced Technical Institute (Lisbon, Portugal); Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington, DC); and Visiting Professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil). He was inducted into the National Order of the Southern Cross, rank of Commander, by the President of Brazil.

He has collaborated on projects with the United Nations Development Program, UN-Habitat, Organization of American States, Urban Institute, National Academy of Science, US Department of Education, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Congressional Research Service, Fulbright Commission, Ford Foundation, National Association of Counties, Texas Legislative Education Board, Texas Historical Commission, Texas Industrial Areas Foundation, PeopleFund, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, and the Banco de Desenvolvimento do Nordeste and SUDENE (Brazil). He holds a PhD in urban and regional planning from the University of Pennsylvania.

Wilson has held various administrative positions at the University of Texas, including associate dean for academic affairs, associate dean for research, and director of the Policy Research Institute at the LBJ School; director of the Brazil Center and the Center for Latin America Social Policy at the Institute of Latin American Studies; and director of the Urban Issues Program.

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Education

Ph.D. in urban and regional planning, University of Pennsylvania

Current Positions

Honorary Commander Official, Brazilian National Order of the Southern Cross

Previous Positions

Director, UT Brazil Center; director, Urban Issues Program; director, Center for Latin American Social Policy; visiting professor, Federal University of Pernambuco; Visiting International Philips Professor, Getulio Vargas Foundation; Fulbright/FLAD Chair in Knowledge Management Policies, Advanced Technical Institute; Public Policy Scholar, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Co-editor, LBJ's Neglected Legacy: Reshaping the Federal Government (University of Texas Press, 2015). Co-editor, Metropolitan Governance in the Federalist Americas: Case Studies and Strategies for Equitable and Integrated Development (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012). Co-editor, Urban Segregation and Governance in the Americas (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009). Co-editor, Governance in the Americas: Decentralization, Democracy and Subnational Government in Brazil, Mexico and the United States (University of Notre Dame Press, 2008). Editor, Public Policy and Community: Activism and Governance in Texas (The University of Texas Press, 1997). Author, States and the Economy: Policymaking and Decentralization (Praeger, 1993). Co-editor, The Political Economy of Brazil: Public Policies in an Era of Transition (University of Texas Press, 1990 and 2012).

Faculty in the News

08/24/2008 Put cities' health on to-do list The Philadelphia Inquirer

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