Executive Committee

The Executive Committee oversees the activities of Texas Schools Project. In this capacity the Committee's work includes reviewing proposed research projects, making recommendations regarding data access, identifying opportunities for collaboration, and sharing their extensive knowledge about research topics and methods.

Executive Committee Members

Eric A. Hanushek
Brian J.L. Berry
Steven G. Rivkin
Paul A. Jargowsky
Jim Murdoch
James W. Marquart
Hobson Wildenthal

Eric A. Hanushek
Committee Chairman; Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow, Stanford University


Eric A. Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Koret Task Force on K-12 Education.

A leader in the development of economic analysis of educational issues, his research spans the impact of teacher quality, high-stakes accountability, and class-size reduction on achievement. He pioneered measuring teacher quality on the basis of student achievement, the basis for research into the value-added of teachers and schools. Dr. Hanushek's work on school efficiency is central to debates about school finance adequacy and equity, while analyses of the economic impact of school outcomes motivate both national and international educational policy design.

Brian J. L. Berry
Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor, The University of Texas at Dallas


Brian J. L. Berry is the Lloyd Viel Berkner Regental Professor in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas and former dean of the school. Dr. Berry's early urban and regional research helped spark the scientific revolution that occurred in geography and urban research in the 1960s. In the early 1960s he became the world's most frequently cited geographer, a ranking maintained for more than a quarter-century.

After moving to Texas his inquiries turned to long-wave rhythms in the economy, society and polity. Throughout his career he has been concerned with bridging theory and practice and has been heavily involved in urban and regional planning in both advanced and developing countries. Frequently called on as an advisor, consultant, and expert witness, his contributions have been made in cities as diverse as Chicago and Calcutta, Jakarta and Melbourne and his regional development expertise has been applied in areas from Appalachia to Magellanes to Indonesia.

Dr. Berry is the author of more than 500 books, articles, planning reports and other professional publications.

Steven G. Rivkin
Professor of Economics and Economics Department Head, University of Illinois at Chicago


Steven G. Rivkin is professor of economics and economics department head at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is also a Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and is a part of the CALDER Texas team.

Dr. Rivkin's main areas of interest are the economics and sociology of education, where he has written on a wide range of issues including teacher quality and labor markets, school desegregation, class size, special education, charter schools, student mobility, and school spending. He has authored and co-authored numerous publications on factors related to student outcomes.

Paul A. Jargowsky
Professor of Public Policy, Rutgers University


Paul A. Jargowsky received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1991 and is currently professor of public policy at Rutgers University. He also directs the Center for Urban Research and Urban Education at Rutgers, and is a former director of Texas Schools Project.

His principal research interests are the geographic concentration of poverty, residential segregation by race and class, and barriers to economic opportunity. Dr. Jargowsky's current research examines the role of suburban development patterns on access to opportunity, methodological innovations in the measurement of segregation, and the impacts of Texas community colleges on educational attainment and labor market outcomes.

Jim Murdoch
Professor of Economics & Public Policy, The University of Texas at Dallas


Jim Murdoch is professor of economics and public policy in UT Dallas' School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences and is former dean of the school. He has authored or co-authored numerous scholarly articles in the areas of environmental economics, public economics, and defense economics in such journals as Quarterly Journal of Economics, Review of Economics and Statistics, Economica, Economic Inquiry, Land Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Journal of Environmental Economics and Management.

His research reflects an applied econometric approach with some emphasis on policy analysis and prescription. Dr. Murdoch's current research concerns applications of spatial econometric methods and local economic development.

Before coming to UT Dallas in 1991, Dr. Murdoch held teaching and administrative positions at the University of Louisiana ñ Monroe and Auburn University at Montgomery. He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wyoming in 1982.

James W. Marquart
Dean of School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas


Dr. James W. Marquart is a professor of criminology and dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas. He has long-term research and teaching interests in prison organizations, capital punishment, and criminal justice policy and research methods. He has also published a number of articles on social control and change in prison settings.

His books include "The Rope, The Chair, and The Needle: Patterns of Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990"; "The Keepers: Prison Guards and Contemporary Corrections"; and "An Appeal to Justice: Litigated Reform of Texas Prisons". The later, with Ben M. Crouch, receive the Outstanding Book Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice for 1991. He won the 2005 Bruce Smith Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. He has also published in such journals as Criminology, Deviant Behavior, Law and Society Review, Crime and Delinquency, Child Abuse and Neglect, The Prison Journal, and Justice Quarterly.

His current research involves investigating inappropriate staff-inmate relationships in prison settings, sexual victimization in prison settings, and the consequences of judicial intervention in prison settings.

Hobson Wildenthal
Interim President, The University of Texas at Dallas


Hobson Wildenthal was recently appointed Interim President of UT Dallas. He had served as Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Texas at Dallas since 1999. He came to UT Dallas in 1992 as Vice President for Academic Affairs and was named Provost in 1994. He is the chief academic officer for the University, providing leadership and services to the academic program, research, and faculty matters.

Prior to UT Dallas, Dr. Wildenthal held various university positions from postdoctoral research to Dean. These universities include The University of New Mexico, Drexel University, Michigan State University, Texas A&M, Rice University and The University of Kansas.

He has been a Fellow of the American Physical Society since 1973, and has held visiting positions at Brookhaven, Munich, Heidelberg, Darmstadt, Orsay, Oxford, Los Alamos, Manchester and Sao Paulo. He has been awarded both a Senior U.S. Fellowship from Germany's Alexander von Humboldt Foundation and a Fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.

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