Robert H. Abzug

Audre and Bernard Rapoport Regents Chair of Jewish Studies Professor, Departments of History and American Studies Director, Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois; B.A., Harvard University Research Interests: Dr. Abzug has written in a variety of fields and for over a decade has concentrated his research and writing on the history of psychology and psychotherapy. His biography of the American psychologist, Dr. Rollo May, is due to be published by Oxford University Press in 2012.

Ronald J. Angel

Professor, Department of Sociology Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison Research Interests: Dr. Angel has published numerous books and journal articles that investigate the socioeconomic and health vulnerabilities of minority individuals and communities.

David I. Beaver

Professor, Departments of Linguistics and Philosophy Director, Cognitive Science Program Education: Ph.D., University of Edinburgh Research Interests: Dr. Beaver has over twenty years of  experience as a teacher and public speaker. As well as leading regular university classes from freshmen to advanced graduate students, he has taught a 10 week Continuing Studies class at Stanford University on metaphor, and distance learning courses over the internet. He frequently gives presentations and consults with groups outside of his areas of specialization, ranging from high schoolers to military, legal, and commercial groups. He is the Graduate Studies Advisor of the new HDO Master’s program.

Daniela Bini

Professor, Department of French and Italian Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin Research Interests: Dr. Bini’s research combines philosophy and literature. Her books include A Fragrance from the Desert: Poetry and Philosophy in Giacomo Leopardi, Carlo Michelstaedter and the Failure of Language and Pirandello and His Muse: The Plays for Marta Abba. At present she is working on a study of the phenomena of Vitellonismo and Familismo in Italian culture and on artistic works that combine different media: popular and classical theater, music, film and poetry.

Dan Bonevac

Professor, Philosophy Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh Research Interests: Dr. Bonevac’s research focuses on the intersection of metaphysics, philosophical logic, and ethics. His first book, Reduction in the Abstract Sciences, received the Johnsonian Prize from The Journal of Philosophy; he has written four other books and edited or co-edited four others, as well as more than fifty articles in academic journals.

Katharine S. Brooks

Director, Liberal Arts Career Services Education: Ed.D., West Virginia University Research Interests: Dr. Brooks is the author of You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career (Plume, 2010) which outlines her chaos theory-based Wise Wanderings™ career coaching system. Her courses center on helping students connect their liberal arts education with the workplace. Brooks provides training and consulting for career services professionals nationally through the Career Coaching Intensive programs she developed for the National Association of Colleges & Employers. She is a nationally certified and state licensed counselor, specializing in cognitive behavioral approaches, positive psychology, and appreciative inquiry. Her blog, Career Transitions, is on Psychology Today.

Douglas Bruster

Mody C. Boatright Regents Professor of American and English Literature, Department of English Education: Ph.D. and M.A., Harvard University Research Interests: Bruster has published widely on Shakespeare and the literature of the English Renaissance. His current research focuses on Shakespeare’s relation to his era’s marketplace in representations.

David M. Buss

Professor, Department of Psychology Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley Research Interests: Dr. Buss’ work centers on human mating strategies, social conflict, prestige, status, and reputation.

John S. Butler

Director, IC2 Institute Professor, Departments of Management and Sociology, Center for African and African American Studies Education: Ph.D., Northwestern University Research Interests: Dr. Butler holds the Gale Chair in Entrepreneurship and Small Business in the Graduate School of Business (Department of Management). He is the Director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship and the Director of the Institute for Innovation, Creativity and Capital (IC²). His research is in the areas of organizational behavior and new venture development. For the last eight summers Professor Butler has occupied the Distinguished Visiting Professor position at Aoyama Gakuin University in Tokyo Japan, and this year holds the same status at Peking University in China.

Davida Charney

Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing Education: Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University; M.A., University of Massachusetts, Amherst; B.A., Brandeis University Research Interests: Dr. Charney is interested in how authors entice readers and listeners to pay attention to their new ideas, whether in academic, civic, or religious settings.

Caryn L. Carlson

Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Psychology Education: Ph.D., University of Georgia Research Interests: For most of her career, Dr. Carlson’s research program, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, examined a number of aspects of the functioning of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Dr. Carlson has recently changed the focus of her work to the field of Positive Psychology and well-being, and is active in advising both undergraduate and graduate students in research examining various aspects of this topic.

Elizabeth Danze

Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Associate Professor at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture Education: B. Arch., University of Texas at Austin, M. Arch., Yale University Research Interests: Professor Danze’s work integrates practice and theory across disciplines by examining the convergence of sociology and psychology with the tangibles of space and construction. Danze is also a principal with Danze Blood Architects, as well as co-editor and author of Psychoanalysis and Architecture and CENTER, Volume 17: Space and Psyche (currently in press). She is the recipient of the University of Texas System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award and a member of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

Robert A. Duke

Marlene and Morton Meyerson Centennial Professor in Music and Human Learning Director, The Center for Music Learning Education: Ph.D., Florida State University Research Interests: Bob Duke’s research on human learning and behavior spans multiple disciplines, including motor skill learning, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. His most recent work explores procedural memory consolidation and the cognitive processes engaged during musical improvisation. A former studio musician and public school music teacher, he has worked closely with children at-risk, both in the public schools and through the juvenile justice system.

Zachary Elkins

Associate Professor, Department of Government Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley; B.A., Yale University Research Interests: Dr. Elkins’ research focuses on issues of democracy, institutional reform, research methods, and national identity, with an emphasis on cases in Latin America. He co-directs both the Comparative Constitutions Project, an initiative to understand the causes and consequences of constitutional choices, and the website, which provides resources and analysis for constitutional drafters in new democracies.

Richard R. Flores

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, College of Liberal Arts; C.B. Smith Sr. Centennial Chair Professor, Anthropology and Mexican American Studies Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin Research Interests: Dean Flores works in the areas of critical theory, performance studies, semiotics, and historical and cultural anthropology.  He is the author of Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol (University of Texas Press, 2002),  Los Pastores: History and Performance in the Mexican Shepherd’s Play of South Texas (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995), editor of Adina De Zavala’s, History and Legends of the Alamo (Arte Público Press, 1996).  He has published essays in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Literary History, Radical History Review, and in the edited volume, Latino Cultural Citizenship, published by Beacon Press.

James W. Fredrickson

Professor and Chair, Department of Management Education: Ph.D., University of Washington Research Interests: Dr. Fredrickson has published work on issues of compensation, governance, strategic decision-making and management, and leadership. His current research interests include examinations of the symbolic and substantive effects of CEO actions.

Thomas J. Garza

University Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor of Slavic and Eurasian Studies Director, Texas Language Center Education: Ph.D., Harvard University Research Interests: Dr. Garza has taught and published on the Russian language and literature, foreign language pedagogy, and contemporary Russian culture during his twenty-one year tenure at UT Austin. His current research is on the attitudes of Russian youth toward the Chechen wars and conscription, and filmic portraits of machismo in contemporary Russian and Latino culture.

Terri Givens

Associate Professor, Government Education: Ph.D. and M.A., University of California, Los Angeles; B.A., Stanford University Research Interests: Dr. Givens’s academic interests include radical right parties, immigration politics, and immigrant integration in Europe. She has held many prestigious positions at the university, including Vice Provost of International Activities and Undergraduate Curriculum; Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center’s European Union Center of Excellence; and Co-Director of the Longhorn Scholars Program. Most recently, Dr. Givens founded Take Back the Trail, a fitness apparel company she owns. All proceeds from the company are used to develop and fund a free fitness program for minority women.

Sam Gosling

Professor, Department of Psychology Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley Research Interests: Dr. Gosling does research on Internet-based methods of data collection, personality in non-human animals, and on how human personality is manifested in everyday contexts like bedrooms, offices, webpages, and music preferences. This latter work is described in his book, Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You. Dr. Gosling is the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution.

Eric Hirst

Associate Dean for Graduate Program, McCombs School of Business John Arch White Professor of Business Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Twin Cities); M.Acc., University of Waterloo; B.A., University of Waterloo Research Interests: Dr. Hirst’s research interests lie in individual investor and professional security analysts’ valuation judgments and investment decisions and how investors evaluate and use management earnings forecasts.

Charles J. Holahan

Professor, Department of Psychology Education: Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst Research Interests: Charles (Josh) Holahan has been a visiting faculty member at the Center for Health Care Evaluation at the Stanford University School of Medicine. His areas of interest are health psychology, stress and coping, and occupational stress.

Wayne D. Hoyer

Chairman, Department of Marketing The James L. Bayless/William S. Farish Fund Chair for Free Enterprise Education: Ph.D., Perdue University Research Interests: Dr. Hoyer’s major area of study is consumer psychology. His research interests include consumer information processing and decision making, customer relationship management, and advertising information processing (including miscomprehension and humor). Dr. Hoyer has published over 60 articles in the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, and other marketing and psychology forums.

Madeline Y. Hsu

Director, Center for Asian American Studies Associate Professor, Department of History Education: Ph.D., Yale University Research Interests: Dr. Hsu’s research and teaching explore the shifting dynamics of migration, identity claims, the politics of inclusion and exclusion, and experiences of transnationalism and diaspora.

Robert A. Hummer

Professor, Department of Sociology Education: Ph.D., Florida State University Research Interests: Dr. Hummer is a social demographer whose research centers on health and mortality disparities across population groups in the United States, and with links between migration and health, and religion and health. Together with Richard Rogers and Charles Nam, he published Living and Dying in the USA: Health, Behavioral, and Social Differentials of Adult Mortality (Academic Press, 2000), which won the Otis Dudley Duncan Award from the Population Section of the American Sociological Association for its contribution to the field of Social Demography. He has also published more than 75 journal articles and book chapters related to health and mortality patterns in the United States.

Vijay Mahajan

John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business, Department of Marketing Administration Education: Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin Research Interests: Dr. Mahajan received his B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering, and his Ph.D. in Management from the University of Texas at Austin. His interests include innovation diffusion, marketing strategy, marketing research methodologies, and market dynamics of the developing countries. His most recent book is titled The Arab World Unbound: Tapping into the Power of 350 Million Consumers.

Arthur B. Markman

Founding Director, Human Dimensions of Organizations Annabel Irion Worsham Centennial Professor, Departments of Psychology and Marketing Education: Ph.D., University of Illinois Research Interests: Dr. Markman has published over 125 scholarly articles on topics in thinking including analogical reasoning, categorization, decision making, and motivation.

Alberto A. Martinez

Associate Professor, Department of History Education: Ph.D., University of Minnesota Research Interests: Dr. Martinez researches history to better understand creativity in sciences and mathematics. His latest book analyzes the evolution of myths in the history of science, it is titled Science Secrets: The Truth About Darwin’s Finches, Einstein’s Wife, and Other Myths.

Marc A. Musick

Associate Dean for Student Affairs, College of Liberal Arts Professor, Department of Sociology Education: Ph.D., Duke University Research Interests: Dr. Musick’s research examines the effects of social factors, including pro-social activities such as volunteering and religious service attendance, on mental and physical health. A portion of his research focuses on the impact of these activities among older adults and African Americans. His book, Volunteers: A Social Profile, examines volunteering patterns and outcomes among adults in America and around the world.

Pamela Paxton

Professor, Departments of Sociology and Government Christine and Stanley E. Adams, Jr. Centennial Professor in the Liberal Arts Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Research Interests: Dr. Paxton has taught at the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Training Program in Advanced Statistical Techniques and has consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). She is the author of articles and books on prosocial behavior, women in politics, and quantitative methodology.

Ami Pedahzur

Professor, Departments of Government and Middle Eastern Studies Education: Ph.D., University of Haifa, Israel Research Interests: Dr. Pedahzur’s main fields of interest are terrorism, counter terrorism, political radicalism, Israeli politics, and security studies. He serves as associate editor of the journal Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. His recent books include Suicide Terrorism (2005), The Israeli Secret Services and the Struggle Against Terrorism (2009), Jewish Terrorism in Israel (2009, with Arie Perliger) and The Triumph of Israel’s Radical Right (2012). Currently, he is working on a new book project provisionally entitled “Super-Soldiers: The Evolution and Proliferation of Special Forces since the Second World War”.

James Pennebaker

Regents Centennial Liberal Arts Professor and Chair, Department of Psychology Education: Ph.D., University Of Texas at Austin Research Interests: Dr. Pennebaker’s current research asks how the words we use in everyday life reflect who we are. Trained as a social psychologist with interests in physiology, language, social media, and human relationships, my work addresses how people cope with emotional upheavals, work together in groups, and love, lie, and lead one another. His recent book, The Secret Life of Pronouns: What Our Words Say About Us, has received top reviews in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and elsewhere.

Robert A. Prentice

Ed and Molly Smith Professor of Business Law Education: J.D., Washburn University, 1975; B.A., University of Kansas Research Interests: Professor Prentice teaches business ethics, general business law, securities regulation, and accountants’ liability and ethics. His research currently focuses on government regulation of the financial sector and behavioral ethics.

Raj Raghunathan

Professor, Department of Marketing Education: Ph.D., New York University Research Interests: Dr. Ragunathan’s work juxtaposes theories from psychology, behavioral sciences, decision theory, and marketing to document and explain interrelationships between affect and consumption behavior. His work has been cited in mass media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Austin American Statesman, The Houston Chronicle, and Self magazine.

Elizabeth Richmond-Garza

Distinguished Teaching Associate Professor, Department of English Director, Program in Comparative Literature Education: Ph.D., Columbia University Research Interests: Dr. Richmond-Garza writes on Orientalism, Cleopatra, Oscar Wilde, Renaissance drama, the Gothic, and literary theory. She is currently finishing a study of decadent culture at the end of the nineteenth century. She teaches theatre, aesthetics and the fine arts and works actively in eight foreign languages. Richmond-Garza’s multi-media approach to teaching has been honored by a dozen teaching awards.

Mary R. Rose

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology Education: Ph.D., Duke University; A.B., Stanford University Research Interests: Dr. Rose’s current work focuses on people’s participation in and perceptions of the legal system, as well as people’s views of justice. Her work has appeared in top social science and law journals and in multiple law reviews. Citations to her work on juries have appeared in United States Supreme Court cases.

Stephen M. Sonnenberg

Fellow-in-Residence, The Humanities Institute Adjunct Professor, School of Architecture Education: M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine; A.B., Princeton University Research Interests: Dr. Sonnenberg’s research interests focus on the points of intersection between psychoanalysis as both a clinical and humanities discipline. Other areas of scholarly inquiry include war, violence, decision-making, architecture and design, psychic trauma and post traumatic psychological disorders, addiction and the treatment of addiction, and education and effective teaching methods.

David Sosa

Temple Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy Education: Ph.D., Princeton University Research Interests: Dr. Sosa works in philosophy of mind and philosophy of language, in epistemology, and in ethics. He is editor of the journal Analytic Philosophy, subject editor for 20th Century Philosophy the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and co-editor of A Companion to Analytic Philosophy (2001) and Analytic Philosophy: An Anthology (2001, 2nd edition 2011).

Clay Spinuzzi

Associate Professor, Department of Rhetoric and Writing Education: Ph.D., Iowa State University Research Interests: Dr. Spinuzzi studies how people organize, communicate, collaborate, and innovate at work, especially in loose, digitally connected organizations that perform knowledge work. Spinuzzi has published several articles and two books based on his studies: Tracing Genres through Organizations (MIT Press, 2003) and Network (Cambridge University Press, 2008). Currently, he’s conducting research for a new book on coworking and other forms of loose organizations in Austin.

Michael Starbird

University Distinguished Professor of Mathematics Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison Research Interests: Dr. Starbird strives to distill effective strategies of thinking and creativity and present them in such a way that people can become more creative and insightful than they thought possible.

Pauline Turner Strong

Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology and the Center for Women and Gender Studies Director, Humanities Institute Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago Research Interests: As Director of UT Austin’s Humanities Institute, Dr. Strong is currently organizing a series of lectures for 2012 on the Public and Private. She has published on the representation of American Indians in literature, scholarship, art, film, museums, sports, legislation, and social movements. She is the author of Captive Selves, Captivating Others: The Politics and Poetics of Colonial American Captivity Narratives (1999) and co-editor of New Perspectives on Native North America: Cultures, Histories, Representations (2006).

Jeremi Suri

Mack Brown Distinguished Professor for Global Leadership, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Education: Ph.D., Yale University Research Interests: Jeremi Suri is the author of five books on contemporary politics and foreign policy. In September 2011, he published a new book on the past and future of nation-building: Liberty’s Surest Guardian: American Nation-Building from the Founders to Obama. Professor Suri’s research and teaching have received numerous prizes. In 2007 Smithsonian Magazine named him one of America’s “Top Young Innovators” in the Arts and Sciences. His writings appear widely in blogs and print media. Professor Suri is also a frequent public lecturer and guest on radio and television programs.

John W. Traphagan

Associate Professor, Departments of Religious Studies and Asian Studies Education: Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh; M.A.R., Yale University; B.A., University of Massachusetts, Lowell Research Interests: Dr. Traphangan’s research interests focus on healthcare systems and practices as they relate to older people and how ideas about health and illness intersect with religion. Much of this research has been conducted in Japan. He is the author of Taming Oblivion: Aging Bodies and the Fear of Senility in Japan and The Practice of Concern: Ritual, Well-Being, and Aging in Rural Japan. His next book, titled Rethinking Autonomy: A Critique of Principlism in Biomedical Ethics, is forthcoming from State University of New York Press this year.

Christine Williams

Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology Education: Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley Research Interests: Dr. Williams writes on gender, race, and class inequality in the workplace. Her most recent book, Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality, exposes how these forms of inequality are embedded within consumer culture through an examination of low-wage retail work. Her prior works were based on studies of men and women in nontraditional occupations, such as men in nursing and women in the U.S. Marine Corps. She has also studied sexuality, homophobia, and sexual harassment in a wide variety of workplace settings. She is currently conducting a study (with Professor Chandra Muller) on women scientists in the oil and gas industry.

Paul Woodruff

Dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies Darrell K. Royal Professor in Ethics and American Society Education: Ph.D., Princeton University Research Interests: Dr. Woodruff, inaugural dean of the School of Undergraduate Studies, began teaching at The University of Texas at Austin in 1973 with a specialty in ancient Greek philosophy. Woodruff has written a number of translations from ancient Greek, including works by Plato, Sophocles, and Thucydides. His most recent book, The Ajax Dilemma, uses a parable from classical Greece to provide a moral compass for a very contemporary dilemma: how to distribute rewards and public recognition without damaging the social fabric.

Wei-hsin Yu

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology Education: Ph.D., University of Chicago Research Interests: Dr. Yu’s research focuses on labor markets and economic inequality. She has published several articles on how work arrangements and employment practices in East Asia shape workers’ well-being. Her recent publications include a Gendered Trajectories: Women, Work, and Social Change in Japan and Taiwan (2009).