RGK Center Faculty Fellows directly connect the Center to key academic and research expertise across campus. Faculty Fellows meet regularly to advise the RGK Center on strategic vision and help identify potential collaborative projects between the RGK Center and their respective academic units.

Faculty Fellows

Jaqueline Angel, Ph.D.

Jaqueline L. Angel, Ph.D.

Professor of Public Affairs and Sociology; Graduate Adviser, Master of Public Affairs

Jacqueline L. Angel is professor of public affairs and sociology and a faculty affiliate at the Population Research Center and LBJ School Center for Health and Social Policy at UT Austin. She did her postdoctoral training at Rutgers University in mental health services research and the Pennsylvania State University Program in Demography of Aging.

Ronald J. Angel, Ph.D.

Ronald J. Angel, Ph.D.


Ronald Angel's research interests encompass the areas of medical sociology, social welfare, poverty and minorities, demography and epidemiology, research methods and statistics.

Lucy Atkinson, Ph.D.

Lucy Atkinson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations

Prof. Atkinson’s primary area of research focuses on the intersection of politics and consumer behavior, particularly among young people. For example, she explores whether and to what degree socially conscious consumption, such as buying fair-trade coffee or hybrid cars, either helps or hinders conventional civic and political engagement, such as voting and volunteering.

Joshua Childs, Ph.D.

Joshua Childs, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy

Joshua Childs is an assistant professor of Educational Policy and Planning (EPP) in the Department of Educational Administration. Joshua received his PhD in Learning Sciences and Policy at the University of Pittsburgh.

Doug Dempster, Ph.D.

Dean Doug Dempster

Dean, College of Fine Arts

Since 2007, Douglas Dempster has served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts, which includes the Department of Art and Art History, the Butler School of Music, the Department of Theatre and Dance, Texas Performing Arts and Landmarks, the University’s public art program.

Minette Drumwright, Ph.D.

Minette Drumwright, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations

Minette Drumwright previously was an assistant professor at the Harvard Business School and a senior lecturer in the U.T. Marketing Department. Her current research involves studies of social responsibility in business, particularly in marketing and advertising.

Michael H. Granof, Ph.D.

Michael H. Granof, Ph.D.

Ernst & Young Distinguished Centennial Professor of Accounting and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Business and Public Affairs

Michael H. Granof is currently serving the second of two five-year terms as a member of both the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, which establishes accounting and reporting standards for state and local governments, and the Federal Accounting Standards Advisory Board, which establishes accounting standards for the federal government.

Sherri Greenberg

Sherri Greenberg

Clinical Professor; Fellow of Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government

Sherri R. Greenberg is a clinical professor and Fellow of the Max Sherman Chair in State and Local Government at the LBJ School. Also, she is a senior adviser to Austin Mayor Steve Adler.

Marlone Henderson, Ph.D.

Marlone D. Henderson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor — Ph.D., New York University

Dr. Henderson received his B.S. from Michigan State University in 1999, Ph.D. from New York University in 2006, and joined the faculty at University of Chicago in 2006 before arriving at UT in 2008. Broadly speaking, his program of research has one major objective: to understand the role that basic cognitive processes play in promoting social harmony.

Mike King, President and Chief Executive Officer, Volunteers of America

Mike King

President and Chief Executive Officer, Volunteers of America

Mike King has served as national president and CEO of Volunteers of America since 2010, leading an organization with an annual budget of more than $1.1 billion, approximately 16,000 employees and one of the nation’s largest affordable housing portfolios with more than 25,000 units.

Meeta Kothare, Ph.D.

Meeta Kothare, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor of Public Policy

Meeta Kothare teaches at the LBJ School of Public Affairs as well as the McCombs School of Business, where she is the managing director of the Sustainability and Social Innovation Initiative. She also teaches a leadership class at the Center for Nonprofit Studies.

Elizabeth Mueller

Elizabeth Mueller

Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture

Elizabeth Mueller is an Associate Professor of Community and Regional Planning and has a faculty appointment in the School of Social Work. She holds masters and doctoral degrees in city and regional planning from the University of California, Berkeley.

Pamela Paxton

Pamela M. Paxton

Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts

Pamela Paxton is the Linda K. George and John Wilson Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in economics and sociology and her PhD in sociology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dennis Poole, Ph.D.

Dennis L. Poole

Distinguished Professor Emeritus, The University of South Carolina

Dennis Poole is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus and past Dean in the College of Social Work at The University of South Carolina. He also is Senior Fellow of Nonprofit Management and Community Building at the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service in the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Aaron Rochlen

Aaron B. Rochlen, Ph.D.

Professor, Department of Educational Psychology; Program Director, Department of Educational Psychology

The research of Dr. Aaron Rochlen has focused on men and masculinity, with a particular emphasis on men's mental health and help-seeking patterns. Within this area, his recent research has addressed help-seeking alternatives for men, non-traditional work/career roles, as well as the unique experiences of men with depression.

Marissa Epstein

Marissa Epstein

Director III, Lecturer

Marissa Duswalt Epstein is a registered dietitian, nutritionist, and Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches several courses on health-promoting market opportunities in nutrition. Her major areas of interest are nutrition entrepreneurship and social impact.

Marissa served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture and on The White House staff of First Lady Michelle Obama as Associate Director of the Let’s Move! initiative. She is a Truman Scholar, recognized nationally for her policy writing, public service commitment and leadership in health education and childhood obesity. Marissa received her BS in Nutrition with Special Honors from The University of Texas at Austin, where she also earned a BA in Plan II Honors Liberal Arts, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and as a Dean’s Honors Graduate. She earned her MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.

Charlee Garden

Charlee Garden

Faculty Fellow

Charlee Garden is a leadership development consultant, professor, Ironman triathlete, consummate learner and mother. With over 25 years of...

Catherine Weaver

Catherine Weaver, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Public Affairs

Catherine Weaver is an associate professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2003. From 2001 to 2002, she was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C., and from 2002 to 2008 an assistant professor of political science at the University of Kansas. Her research focuses on the culture, behavior, and reform of international financial institutions such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, as well as issues of transparency and accountability in international development aid.

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