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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
Denis J. Dean
Steven G. Rivkin
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.


Denis J. Dean
Dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences,
The University of Texas at Dallas


Denis J. Dean is the Dean of the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas and Professor of Geospatial Information Sciences. Dr. Dean's research focuses on artificial intelligence for geospatial investigation, spatial optimization, spatial analysis and modeling. Prior to joining the University of Texas at Dallas in 2008, Dr. Dean served as a faculty member in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University for fifteen years, where he helped launch the Remote Sensing and Geospatial Information Systems Program.  


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.


Hobson Wildenthal
Provost, The University of Texas at Dallas


Hobson Wildenthal has served as Executive Vice President and Provost at The University of Texas at Dallas since 1999, and served as the Interim President of the University from 2015 to 2016. 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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