University of Texas


PEEQ Leadership



Dr. Cynthia Osborne

Dr. Osborne is the Director of PEEQ and an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership that provides consultation and evaluation services to the child support division of the Texas Office of the Attorney General. Dr. Osborne has extensive experience in evaluation of state and national programs, including the Texas Parenting and Paternity Awareness (p.a.p.a.) Curriculum, the Raising Texas initiative, and the Texas Home Visiting Program. Dr. Osborne joined the faculty of the LBJ School in 2005 after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of teacher quality, social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, family demography, and school entry among disadvantaged children. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, a Master’s in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Masters of Arts in Education. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California.

Dr. Jane Lincove

Dr. Lincove is the Co-Director of PEEQ and an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She is also currently a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Spencer Foundation/National Academy of Education. Dr. Lincove holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California at Los Angeles. Her research focuses on education policy and economics of education in the U.S. and in developing countries. Recently, she has been studying performance based incentives for teachers, as well as market based reforms in public education.

Dr. Paul von Hippel

Dr. von Hippel is a Faculty Research Associate on PEEQ and an Assistant Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He is a statistician and sociologist whose interests include education, obesity, banking, and fraud. His most recent work explores the role of schools in reducing inequality among children with regard to student achievement and health outcomes. He holds degrees from Yale, Stanford, and Ohio State University, and is a three-time winner of best-article awards from the education and methodology sections of the American Sociological Association.