Email Dr. Regina Lawrence
Dr. Regina G. Lawrence
Dr. Lawrence holds the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair in Communication in the School of Journalism at UT Austin. Her research focuses on the role of the media in public discourse about politics and policy. She has been chair of the Political Communication section of the American Political Science Association, book editor of the journal Political Communication, and a fellow at the Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard. Dr. Lawrence's books include When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina (University of Chicago Press, 2007, (with W. Lance Bennett and Steven Livingston) and Hillary Clinton’s Run for the White House: Gender Politics and the Media on the Campaign Trail (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2009, co-authored with Melody Rose). She teaches courses in political communication, women and the news, and media, youth, and civic engagement.
During the Spring 2014 semester, Dr. Lawrence will teach a journalism course entitled "Covering Politics."
Email Dr. Roderick P. Hart
Dr. Roderick P. Hart
Dr. Hart is the Dean of the Moody College of Communication and holds the Allan Shivers Centennial Chair in Communication and Government at The University of Texas at Austin. His area of special interest is politics and the mass media, about which he has written numerous books and articles. He has been named a Research Fellow by the International Communication Association, a Distinguished Scholar by the National Communication Association, and has received the Edelman Career Award from the American Political Science Association. He is also a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at the University.
Email Dr. Sharon E. Jarvis
Dr. Sharon E. Jarvis
Associate Director, Research
An Associate Professor for the Department of Communication Studies, Dr. Jarvis researches the intersection of language use, politics and persuasion and teaches a variety of courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels including political communication, campaign communication, and persuasion theory. She is the author of The Talk of the Party: Political Labels, Symbolic Capital & American Life (Rowman & Littlefield) and a co-author of Political Keywords: Using Language that Uses Us (Oxford University Press). Dr. Jarvis has been the Principal Investigator on a $100,000 grant to investigate the political participation of college students and working youth (CIRCLE, funded by The Pew Charitable Trusts) and a co Principal-Investigator on two related projects focusing on the politics of youth (over $550,000 in funding from The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts). She has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and honors, including the Texas Exes Outstanding Professor for the Moody College of Communication, the Eyes of Texas Teaching Award, and the Outstanding Professor in the Moody College of Communication. In 2005, she was the second Assistant Professor in the history of the University to receive the Friar Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the largest undergraduate teaching honor at U.T. Austin.
During the Spring 2014 semester, Dr. Jarvis will teach two communication studies courses, "Political Communication" and "Campaign Communication."
Email Chuck Courtney
Associate Director, Administration
Mr. Courtney brings over thirty-one years of government experience. He worked as the Administrative Assistant to former Texas House Speaker Gibson D. "Gib" Lewis. For twenty-three years, Mr. Courtney advocated for the retail industry in Texas. For six of those years, he was President/CEO of the Texas Retailers Association, a statewide non-profit trade organization. Mr. Courtney received his Master of Arts degree in History with a minor in Government from the University of Texas at Arlington. He is also a certified association executive (CAE), demonstrating his knowledge of non-profit and foundation management.
Email Cathryn Dorsey
Cathryn Seymour Dorsey
Associate Director, Development
Cathryn combines strategic fundraising and marketing experience with a passion for politics, media, and community involvement. A graduate of the Moody College of Communication with a BA in Advertising/ Journalism, her early career focused on marketing, advertising, and public relations for entrepreneurs and blue-chip corporations in Austin and Washington, DC. In recent years, she has applied her business experience to fundraising, as Director of Development at Caritas of Austin and then at Texas Performing Arts at UT Austin. An active Independent voter, she has worked on numerous political campaigns and has always been very involved in her community.
Email Dr. Talia Stroud
Dr. Talia Stroud
Assistant Director, Research
Dr. Stroud studies the media's role in shaping people's political attitudes and behaviors. Utilizing quantitative approaches, she is currently investigating people's political information seeking behavior and the effects of people's political media consumption patterns. Her first book, Niche News: The Politics of News Choice, was just published by Oxford University Press. Prior to joining the faculty, she was a member of the 2004 National Annenberg Election Survey team at the Annenberg Public Policy Center. She has published or forthcoming work in the International Journal of Public Opinion Research, American Behavioral Scientist, and the Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Dr. Stroud has also conducted several evaluations for La Feria Para Aprender, a community education fair. Her analyses can be found here by year: 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. As an assistant professor with the Department of Communication Studies, she teaches courses in public opinion, political communication, and research methods.
During the Spring 2014 semester, Dr. Stroud will teach a communication studies course entitled "Communication and Public Opinion."
Email Veronica Inchauste
Program Manager, Office of Survey Research
Ms. Inchauste has more than fifteen years experience in survey research. She has directed and managed projects requiring complex methodological designs. Ms. Inchauste has extensive experience working in national and statewide surveys, as well as projects requiring special populations, hard to reach populations, bilingual and multilingual surveys. Also, Ms. Inchauste has extensive experience working with computer-assisted telephone interviewing technology and web survey technology. Ms. Inchauste holds a BA in Economics and Spanish Language Literature from the University of Texas at Austin.
Director of Educational Outreach
Deborah serves as the director of educational outreach at the Annette Strauss Institute. In 2004, she came to the Institute as a coordinator and producer of the American Trustees project, a collection of documentary vignettes and lesson plans about ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. For the last five years, she has served as the director of educational outreach and manages Speak Up! Speak Out!, a high school service learning program, the production of the American Trustees and Turning Points film series, and undergraduate training and voter education efforts. Prior to joining the Institute, Deborah worked with the City of Houston and the County of San Diego conducting program evaluation. Deborah received a Masters of Public Affairs from the LBJ School at The University of Texas at Austin, where her research focused on charter schools and for-profit educational management organizations. She also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Arizona State University.
Project Vote Smart, Legislative Research Director
Mr. McDivitt is the Legislative Research Director for Project Vote Smart, a national nonpartisan political research and voter education organization. The Texas office of Project Vote Smart is based at the Institute and is responsible for legislative research. Mr. McDivitt helps to oversee the Project’s Legislative Research Internship program and analyze legislation from all 50 state legislatures and Congress. Prior to joining the Institute, Mr. McDivitt worked for Project Vote Smart's Montana headquarters, serving as the Director of the Political Courage Test Department. He holds a BA in Political Science from Truman State University.
Project Manager, New Politics Forum and Executive Communication Training
Ms. Einsohn has joined the Institute as Program Manager for the New Politics Forum. Getting her start in politics early, Ms. Einsohn has worked as a campaign staffer on a Texas state-wide U.S. Senate race, in a State Legislator's Capitol office, and with a national interest group in Washington, D.C. She is an avid believer that the more people involved in our political process, the healthier our country and democracy will be. Ms. Einsohn has brought her knowledge of politics and program implementation to the Institute and will oversee all upcoming conferences and trainings.
Email O'Neil Provost
Project Manager, Office of Survey Research
Mr. Provost has more than ten years experience in survey research. He has extensive experience in questionnaire design, managing projects that require data collection statewide and nationwide with RDD, list and stratified samples. Mr. Provost has extensive experience managing the day to day operations of a survey research call center, training and supervision of interviewing staff as well as conducting statistical analysis for large and complex data sets. Mr. Provost holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin.
Email Natasha Roberts
Project Vote Smart, Legislative Research Associate
Natasha is a legislative research associate with Project Vote Smart, a national nonprofit and nonpartisan political research and voter education organization. She conducts research in major state legislative actions and helps oversee Project Vote Smart's Texas-based internship program at the Institute. Natasha graduated from the University of Texas with a B.A. in government and history. She joined the Program as a staff member after her internship in the legislative research department in the Fall of 2011.
Email Melissa Huebsch
Melissa is the full-time accountant and purchaser for the Annette Strauss Institute, and manages research grants. She has also provided administrative support, event planning and coordination expertise, as well as photography and design skills to the Institute since 2003. Melissa studied History and Vocal Performance at the University of Texas, but follows politics passionately.
Beth Van Riper
Administrative Associate, Office of Survey Research
Beth has provided administrative support for The George Washington University and Northwestern University before joining the Office of Survey Research at the University of Texas at Austin. Ms. Van Riper holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Project Vote Smart, Legislative Research Associate
Dilip is a legislative research associate with Project Vote Smart, a national nonprofit and nonpartisan political research and voter education organization. He is responsible for tracking major legislation in multiple states in addition to writing and revising comprehensive summaries of legislation. Dilip graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with degrees in Government & History in May 2013. He previously worked at the Texas House of Representatives, the Jamail Center for Legal Research at the UT Law Library, and as an undergraduate research fellow in the J.J. Pickle Research Apprenticeship Program.
Ann E. Stehling
New Politics Forum, Program Assistant
Ann Stehling joined the Annette Strauss Institute in May 2013 as the Program Assistant for the New Politics Forum. Ann is a sixth-generation Texas and enthusiast of all things Austin. A former Bill Archer Fellow, she interned full time in Washington, D.C. for the U.S. House Ways & Means Committee, where she assisted professional staff by conducting legislative research and compiling data on public assistance programs. During the 82nd legislative interim, Ann interned for Texas State Representative John Zerwas, M.D. Ann graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in December 2013, with a B.A. in Government. As an NPF alum, former UT Votes leader, and Project Vote Smart intern, Ann is excited to contribute to the Strauss Institute's mission of creating more voters and better citizens. As Program Assistant, she supports the work of the program coordinator with event planning, community outreach, social media management, strategic partnerships, and administrative tasks.
Educational Outreach, Program Assistant for Strategic Growth
Ms. Crockett is a 2013-2014 AmeriCorps VISTA member with the Annette Strauss Institute. She works as a Program Assistant for Strategic Growth for the Institute's educational outreach programs. Prior to the Institute, Ms. Crockett worked at the Texas Legislative Council, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC. She has a B.A. in Spanish from The University of Texas at Austin.
Graduate Research Assistants
Graduate Student Techs
Faculty Research Group
The Faculty Research Group is composed of faculty from the Colleges and Schools of Communication, Education, Law, Liberal Arts, Social Work, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Their research and teaching range broadly in the areas of political participation, civic volunteerism, media and politics, and social studies curricula in the nation's schools.
David Anderson, Law
Ronald Angel, Sociology
Bruce Buchanan, Government
Richard Cherwitz, Communication
John Daly, Communication
Meme Drumwright, Communication
Betty Sue Flowers, LBJ Library
James Galbraith, LBJ School
Sherri Greenberg, LBJ School
John Higley, Sociology
Sharon Jarvis, Communication
Michael Lauderdale, Social Work
David Leal, Government
Robert Luskin, Government
Maxwell McCombs, Communication
Jamie Pennebaker, Psychology
H. W. Perry, Government
Scott Powe, Law
Stephen Reese, Communication
Lodis Rhodes, LBJ School
Nancy Schiesari, Radio-Television-Film
Jay Scribner, Education
Daron Shaw, Government
Bartholomew Sparrow, Government
Calvin Streeter, Social Work
Talia Stroud, Communication
Sean Theirault, Government
Craig Watkins, Sociology