Associate Director, Hobby Center for Public Policy
College: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Department: Political Science
Center or Program: Hobby Center for Public Policy
politics; Houston politics; Texas politics; Internet; civic engagement; public service; political science; public policy; Hobby Center for Public Policy; social sciences
A native Houstonian, Renee Cross is a graduate of Milby High School in the city's East End. Cross' early professional experience was working as a photographer, instructor and division manager for a national portrait company for thirteen years. With a lifelong avid interest in politics and public service, she returned to college and earned a bachelor of science degree in political science and psychology summa cum laude at the University of Houston and later earned a masters degree from the University of St. Thomas with a concentration in political science. Cross worked as the district director in the office of a state representative for two years before joining the staff of the Hobby Center for Public Policy at the University of Houston as a researcher. Now with the Center for over thirteen years, Cross is the associate director, managing external relations, supervising professional training and internship programs, and working on research projects. Her academic interests include Houston and Texas government, politics, and history; urban politics; civic engagement and voter participation; and local demographics. In addition to serving as the course instructor for the internship programs, Cross teaches upper level political science courses such as Texas Politics, Urban Politics, State Government & Politics, Campaign Politics, and Participation & Democracy in American Politics. She has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Tribune, the Houston Chronicle, the Austin-American Statesman and the Dallas Morning News, and has been featured on local media including KUHF radio and KPRC and Fox 26 television.
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