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JéAnna Abbott

Spec's Charitable Foundation Professor in Social Responsibility, Conrad N. Hilton College

231 Fleming
713 743 2413


Expertise: Hospitality Law and Ethics, Conflict Management, Negotiations, Human Resources/Legal, Reconciliation After Trust Violations, Social Responsibility, Data Science/Analytics 

The first to hold the endowed professorship created by the Spec's Charitable Foundation; adjunct professor at the University of Houston Law Center; leader in legal academics and an expert in negotiations for the service industry; an expert in conflict management; the only professor in the world who holds both a CMP designation and LLM in International Law and Economics; published more than 50 refereed journal articles; co-author of two textbooks, Introduction to Catering Management and Introduction to Convention Management; founding editor of the Journal of Convention and Event Tourism.


John Antel, PhD

Professor, Department of Economics

307C McElhinney
713 743 2933


John Antel is a professor of economics with research interests in labor economics, health economics, and applied statistics. Dr. Antel received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles. Dr. Antel joined the economics faculty at the University of Houston in 1981. Prior to that time, Dr. Antel worked for the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica California. Dr. Antel has also served as Senior Vice Chancellor of the University of Houston System and Senior Vice President and Provost at the University of Houston.  

Dr. Antel’s research areas include poverty, education, health policy, child health, labor market dynamics, and inter-generational social mobility. His current research focuses on higher education and local labor markets, higher education accountability, and the role of higher education in social mobility.  

Dr. Antel teaches applied microeconomics and econometrics in the MPP program.  


Jeffery Church, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

447 PGH
713 743 3914


Expertise: Modern political thought, Rousseau, Kant, German idealism, Liberal and Democratic theory 

Jeffrey Church is a political theorist whose research area is the history of modern political thought, with particular interest in Continental thought from Jean-Jacques Rousseau through Friedrich Nietzsche. His work examines the reflections of past philosophers on freedom, individuality, education, and culture, and shows how these reflections can inform contemporary liberal and democratic theory. He also teaches and writes about the value of literature and film to help us understand crucial political problems.

Church has published articles on G.W.F. Hegel, Friedrich Nietzsche, David Hume, Friedrich Schiller, and others. He is the author of Nietzche's Culture of Humanity: Beyond Aristocracy and Democracy in the Early Period (Cambridge University Press, Forthcoming) and Infinite Autonomy: the Divided Individual in the Political Thought of G.W.F. Hegel and Friedrich Nietzsche (Penn State Press).


Elizabeth Anderson Fletcher, PhD

Associate Professor, Bauer College of Business

290E Melcher Hall
713 743 5757


Expertise: Service Operations Management

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson Fletcher is Associate Professor of Operations Management in the Decision and Information Sciences department in the C. T. Bauer College of Business. She recently returned to faculty after a decade in administration. From 2008 to 2012 she was Associate Vice Chancellor/Vice President for Research at the University of Houston. She previously served as Bauer's Associate Dean for Administration and Academic Affairs from 2001 to 2008. She earned her Ph.D. in Business Administration in 1992 from the University of Houston in the area of Production and Operations Management. Her research interests have included forecasting, service quality measurement, and health care quality management and she has published in journals such as the International Journal of Forecasting, International Journal of Healthcare Quality Assurance, Production and Inventory Management Journal, the American Journal of Medical Quality, and the Journal of the Operational Research Society. She has taught courses in production and operations management, service operations management, and health care operations at both undergraduate and graduate levels, including Executive MBA and doctoral. 

As Associate Dean, she was instrumental in developing and implementing the college's Assurance of Learning and Outcomes Assessment Program, and authored a chapter "Going from Zero to Sixty in Twelve Months: Implementing Assessment at the Bauer College of Business" in the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business' (AACSB) book on assessment, Assessment of Student Learning in Business Schools: Best Practices Each Step of the Way. She is one of three presenters of the AACSB's Applied Assessment Seminar. 

Her hobbies include competing in dressage with her Dutch Warmblood mare and serving as a firefighter in her local volunteer fire department.


Don Foss, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychology

230B Heyne
713 743 0819


Expertise: Developmental Psychology

Don Foss received both his B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Minnesota, followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. Prior to joining the University of Houston, he served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin (where he also was chair of the Psychology Department) and Florida State University (where he was also dean of the College of Arts & Sciences). At the University of Houston he served from 2005-2008 as Senior Vice President and Provost. Foss has been Editor of Contemporary Psychology and Associate Editor of the Annual Review of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of various divisions of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, and the Psychonomic Society. He has served on numerous boards and commissions. He received an all-University Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Texas at Austin, and also received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the University of Minnesota.

His research interests have been in cognitive psychology, specializing in language comprehension. He has published more than 50 refereed articles and book chapters on these topics, as well as co-written or co-edited seven books. More recently he has turned his attention to the factors that determine success in college and how to instill them in beginning college students. The American Psychological Association has published his evidence-based book on this topic, Your Complete Guide to College Success. It is written for high-school seniors and undergraduate students. In addition, he is studying ways to move inexpensive, scalable, readily adoptable and adaptable learning and teaching techniques into college classrooms.


Jim Granato, PhD

Executive Director, Hobby School of Public Policy
Professor, Political Science

306 McElhinney
713 743 3887


Expertise: Policy Analysis, Macroeconomic Policy, Science Policy, Mathematical and Statistical Modeling

Jim Granato is a native of Chicago, and received a B.S. in Political Science and Business Administration from Southern Illinois University in 1982. His first venture to Texas was as a graduate student at Texas A&M University, where he earned a master’s degree in political science in 1985. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and certificate in Political Economy from Duke University in 1991.

Prior to coming to the Hobby School of Public Affairs, Dr. Granato taught in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin in 2005-2006, and in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University in 1991-2001. His teaching and research interests include American politics, political economy (focusing primarily on monetary policy issues), public policy, econometrics, and the unification of formal and empirical analysis (empirical implications of theoretical models or EITM).

Dr. Granato’s professional experience also includes service as the Political Science Program Director and Visiting Scientist at the National Science Foundation (NSF). His research has been supported by the City of Houston, various Texas governmental agencies, the Houston Endowment, and the National Science Foundation. He is the author or co-author of numerous publications in academic journals such as American Journal of Political Science, Economic Letters, Economics and Politics, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Political Analysis, Political Research Quarterly, Public Choice, and the Southern Economic Journal. His book, The Role of Policymakers in Business Cycle Fluctuations (Cambridge University Press), focuses on how monetary policy can stabilize business cycles.

Patrick Leung, PhD

Professor, Graduate College of Social Work

444 Social Work
713 743 8111


Expertise: Child Welfare, Asian Study, Mental Health, Immigrant Issues

Dr. Patrick Leung, Professor and Director of the Office for International Social Work Education at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work (UH-GCSW), teaches program evaluation, research methodology, practice evaluation and doctoral level multivariate statistics. He was the founding Doctoral Program Director at UH-GCSW in 1993 and was the President of the Asian & Pacific Islander Social Work Educators Association from 2003 to 2010. He was a board member of CSWE from 2003 to 2006 and served on the Commission for Diversity and Social and Economic Justice Council on Social Work Education from 2007 to 2010. He was appointed as the Chair of the UH Engineering Dean Review Committee in 2014. Currently, he is the President of the Houston Chinese Faculty Association, former President of the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society and a member of the Provost’s Promotion and Tenure Advisory Committee at UH and Chair of the Houston Independent School District Asian Advisory Committee. He co-chairs the Texas Title IV-E Child Welfare Roundtable Evaluation Committee in Texas and serves on the National Title IV-E Evaluation Task Force. His research areas include cultural sensitivity training, Asian mental health issues, children and families, immigrant issues, domestic violence and gerontology. 

He received his Ph.D., M.S.W., M.A. (Public Administration) and B.S.S.W from The Ohio State University. He has served as principal investigator and evaluator on numerous projects at the federal, state and local levels; was a grant reviewer for ACYF (Administration for Children and Family, DDHS) and CSAP (Center for Substance Abuse Prevention, SAMSHA). He has published 63 refereed articles and over 91, book chapters and reports and has made 154 presentations at international, national and local conferences.  He has served on many boards of directors. He was the President and a co-founder of the Asian American Family Services (AAFS) in Houston, Texas. He is co-author of two books entitled Child Protection Training and Evaluation; and Multicultural Practice and Evaluation: A Case Approach to Evidence-Based Application.  


Johanna Luttrell, PhD

Post-Doctoral Visiting Scholar, Hobby School of Public Affairs

337A McElhinney


Expertise: Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist Philosophy, and Ethics with special focuses on human rights, poverty, global justice, philosophy of race, and transnational feminisms.

Johanna Luttrell is a philosopher who specializes in political philosophy, feminist philosophy, and ethics. She has special interest areas in issues of poverty, human rights, urban development, philosophy of race, and transnational feminisms. Dr. Luttrell's work centers around questions of dignity, especially as regards the work that women do in the global south, and also social movements within the United States. She teaches classes in the MPP program, in the Department of Philosophy, and the Honors College. 


Pablo Pinto, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Political Science

431 PGH
713 743 1733


Expertise: Political economy, globalization of production, fiscal policy and taxation, quantitative methods

Pablo M. Pinto is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. His main research analyzes the causes and consequences of the globalization of production. He is the author of Partisan Investment in the Global Economy (Cambridge University Press) and co-author of Politics and FDI (Michigan University Press). His research has been published or is forthcoming in Comparative Political Studies, Economics & Politics, International Organization, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, and the Review of International Political Economy, Political Analysis, edited volumes and other outlets. 

Pinto holds an M.A. from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, and a Ph.D. in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of California at San Diego. He also received a law degree from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina. Pinto’s areas of expertise are international and comparative political economy. 

Prior to joining the University of Houston in 2014, Pinto was a member of the faculty of Columbia University. He taught at the Escuela Nacional de Gobierno in his native Argentina, and the Universidad Nacional de La Plata, where he founded and directed the Department for Asia-Pacific Studies. He also worked as Chief Counsel for Toyota Argentina.


Suzanne Pritzker, PhD

Assistant Professor, Graduate College of Social Work

415 Social Work
713 743 8114


Expertise: Youth civic engagement (especially among poor and minority adolescents); service-learning; positive youth development; political advocacy; social welfare policy.

Dr. Pritzker began her professional career as a policy advisor for the Virginia Secretary of Education and as an analyst for the Virginia General Assembly. With a front-line view of the policy-making process, she developed a passion for educating and empowering vulnerable populations to participate in – and influence – public policy development and implementation. Her scholarship investigates how youth become civically involved and on practice interventions to increase their engagement. Her research has focused on the impacts of interventions such as community-based participatory research, in the form of Photovoice, and service-learning on youth’s civic engagement, and she received a state-wide grant to evaluate service-learning programs in Texas. 

Dr. Pritzker is also committed to strengthening how the social work profession prepares students for their ethical responsibility to advocate with and on behalf of vulnerable populations. In addition to conducting research on the preparation social work students receive for civic involvement nationally, she seeks through her teaching to guide students to understand how policy is developed and implemented, ways they can participate in these processes, and skills necessary to engage both themselves and their clients in policy advocacy.

Dr. Pritzker coordinates the GCSW’s Political Social Work Specialization and the College’s Austin Legislative Internship, a competitive internship program that places social work students in the Texas legislature for the entirety of each biennial legislative session. She created the College’s Policy Insider Series, a monthly policy seminar series co-sponsored by the GCSW, One Voice Texas, the GCSW Alumni Association, and the student Policy Insider Advisory Committee. She is also faculty advisor for the College’s M.A.C.R.O. Student Network and the Policy Insider Advisory Committee.


Anthony Rolle, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

L 112 Farish
713 743 5585


Expertise: economics of education, education finance, and education policy analysis & evaluation

Dr. R. Anthony Rolle conducts research that explores and improves relative measures of economic efficiency for public schools. Concomitantly, his research explores and applies measures of vertical equity to analyses of state education finance mechanisms. Utilizing these techniques recognizes that demographic differences among communities affect organizational processes; and, does not assume that all public schools have the same expenditure priorities. Examining issues of economic efficiency – and education finance equity – within organizational and sociopolitical contexts provides opportunities to conduct applied policy research from a collective choice economic perspective where both individuals and organizations struggle for political power and the capacity to distribute scarce resources. Using multiple research methods creates opportunities to generate multiple perspectives when examining education policy issues and seeking education policy solutions. Accordingly, Dr. Rolle’s analytical interests encompass multiple subject areas: economics of education; school finance; applied statistics; and, public policy development, analysis, implementation, and evaluation.

Dr. Rolle’s work is published in numerous books, journals, and monographs such as To What Ends and By What Means? The Social Justice Implications of Contemporary School Finance Theory and Policy (2007), Modern Education Finance and Policy (2007), Measuring School Performance and Efficiency (2005), Journal of Education Finance, Peabody Journal of Education, School Business Affairs, School Administrator, and Developments in School Finance. In addition, Dr. Rolle has conducted K-12 education finance and policy research for such organizations as the University of Washington's Institute for Public Policy & Management, the Washington State Legislature and Democratic House Majority Whip, the Indiana Education Policy Center, the National Education Association, the Texas House of Representatives’ Office of the Speaker, the Office of U.S. Representative Jim Cooper (5th District - Nashville, TN) as well as agencies and commissions in Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. Formerly a member of the Board of Directors for the American Educational Finance Association (AEFA), and the 2002 AEFA Jean Flanigan Dissertation Award winner, Dr. Rolle received a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Santa Clara University; a Masters Degree from the University of Washington's Graduate School of Public Affairs; and, a Ph.D. from Indiana University.


Alan Witt, PhD

Graduate Program Director, Hobby School of Public Affairs
Professor of Management and Psychology, University of Houston

127 Heyne
713 743 3253


Expertise: Strategy-culture alignment, leadership development, customer service, work-family balance, organizational politics, performance management, occupational health and safety, diversity, selection and training, and teams.

Alan Witt is Graduate Program Director of the Hobby School of Public Affairs, and Professor of Management and Psychology at the University of Houston. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Tulane University.

He was a human resources director in the financial services sector and has consulted with public sector organizations at the local, state, and federal levels and with private sector organizations ranging from small professional firms and family-owned businesses to multi-national banks, international airlines, and multi-national telecommunications companies.

Professor Witt has authored over 200 journal articles and professional papers. He is currently and has been on the editorial boards of several academic journals (e.g., Personnel Psychology). He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Association for Psychological Science, and Society for Industrial & Organizational Psychology.