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83rd Texas State Legislature Faculty Experts Guide

The 83rd Texas State Legislature is in full swing and while the state budget, education finance and redistricting are set to be the most pressing issues that the legislature will tackle, myriad of other issues are likely to come before the session. Faculty experts from the LBJ School of Public Affairs are available to discuss policy and political issues from a variety of perspectives.

State Government

Sherri Greenberg
Lecturer and Director of the Center for Politics and Governance
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-8324
srgreenberg@mail.utexas.edu

Greenberg served as a Texas State Representative for 10 years, completing her final term in January 2001. Greenberg is an expert on the Texas state government, public finance, and electronic government.

Education Policy

Carolyn Heinrich
Director, Center for Health and Social Policy
512-471-3779
cheinrich@austin.utexas.edu

Heinrich is a nationally renowned education policy scholar and the director of the LBJ School’s Center for Health and Social Policy. Heinrich’s research focuses on social welfare policy, labor force development, public management and econometric methods for program evaluation.

Jane Lincove
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-232-2561
lincove@mail.utexas.edu

Lincove’s research focuses on education policy and economics of education, specifically the issue of teacher incentive pay. Lincove has served as a policy consultant for the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles and as an evaluator for several southern California public school districts.

Cynthia Osborne
Associate Professor of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-9808
cosborne@prc.utexas.edu

Osborne’s teaching and research interests include poverty and inequality, and educator effectiveness and accountability.She currently works as an evaluator of the Parenting and Paternity Awareness Texas high school curriculum and the No Kidding curriculum to reduce teen pregnancy.

Energy

Varun Rai
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-5057
varun.rai@mail.utexas.edu

Rai is an expert in policy issues concerning energy, technology, the environment and climate change. His research has been published in Harvard International Review, Newsweek, Energy Policy, Economic and Political Weekly, and IAEE Energy Forum.

Environment

Josh Busby
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-8964
busbyj@mail.utexas.edu

Busby is the author of several studies on climate change, national security, and energy policy from the Council on Foreign Relations, the Brookings Institution, and CNAS. His research interests also include U.S. grand strategy, energy security, and the foreign policy of advanced industrialized countries.

David Eaton
Bess Harris Jones Centennial Professor in Natural Resource Policy Studies
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-8972
eaton@mail.utexas.edu

Eaton’s expertise focuses on energy policy, water conservation, climate change, and environmental cooperation between the United States and Mexico. He has lectured in twenty countries and conducted field research in fifteen nations.

Varun Rai
Assistant Professor of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-5057
varun.rai@mail.utexas.edu

Rai is an expert in policy issues concerning energy, technology, the environment and climate change. His research has been published in Harvard International Review, Newsweek, Energy Policy, Economic and Political Weekly, and IAEE Energy Forum.

Health Care Policy

David C. Warner
Professor of Public Affairs
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-6277
david.warner@mail.utexas.edu

Warner's major teaching and research interests are health policy and health finance. He is currently working on projects related to improving health insurance coverage, the integration of the U.S. and Mexican health care systems, diabetes policy, public health funding, and U.S.-Mexico border health.

Jacqueline Angel
Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-2956
jangle@mail.utexas.edu

Angel has published extensively in the sociology of aging and how it is affected by the life course and social policy. She also serves as an advisor to professional committees, non-governmental organizations and other agencies that provide basic services to the elderly.

Labor

Chris King
Senior Research Scientist and Director of the Ray Marshall Center for the Study of Human Resources
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-471-7891
ctking@austin.utexas.edu

King is an expert on education, workforce development, labor and social policy. He has performed research for federal, state and local agencies, foundations and international organizations and is currently conducting research projects on education and workforce issues in Central Texas.

Prison Reform and Juvenile Justice

Michele Deitch
Senior Lecturer
The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs
512-328-8330
mydeitch@aol.com

Deitch is an attorney with over 23 years of experience working on criminal justice policy issues with state and local government officials, corrections officials, judges, and advocates. Most of Deitch’s current research focuses on two issues: independent prison oversight, and the management of juvenile offenders.