The Center for the Study of Texas Politics was created in 2002 by Dr. Greg Thielemann. Dr. Thielemann has led the Center since its creation and has overseen the expansion of its educational mission. As Director of the Center, he is responsible for the Center’s educational programs. Professor Thielemann is a fifth-generation Texan with strong ties to the state and its people. Born in Houston, he attended public schools in Spring Branch before entering The University of Texas at Austin in 1979. He graduated from UT with a BA in 1983. Upon graduation he accepted a fellowship to Rice University, where he earned a MA in 1986 and a Ph.D. in 1988. He joined the UTD faculty in 1988. Over the years, he has advised a number of campaigns for both Democrats and Republicans and has served as an elections analyst for the Dallas CBS affiliate. His thoughts and quotes have appeared in Time, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, The San Antonio Light and various other publications. In addition, he has discussed Texas politics on CNN and on most local television stations. He directed the Texas Legislative Surveys from 1988-1992 and supervised the Texas House Freshman Survey Project of 2003.
Dr. Thielemann has published numerous articles on Texas politics, Southern politics, and public policy. His articles have appeared in Judicature, The Journal of Politics, Social Science Quarterly, The American Review of Politics, the Texas Journal of Political Studies, Legislative Quarterly, the Social Science Journal, Policy Studies Review, Policy Studies Journal, and Public Administration Review. He has also authored a number of book chapters.
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