Senior Research Fellow, Hobby School of Public Affairs
Bob Lanier Chair in Urban Public Policy, Hobby School of Public Affairs
Expertise: Polling and election trends and practices statewide and nationally, partisan political change in Texas
Richard Murray co-founded the Center for Public Policy in 1981, as part of UH College of Liberal Arts, that later became the stand-alone Hobby School of Public Affairs. He is known as a pioneer in the art and science of polling and elections, serving for decades as a commentator and forecaster on election night. Murray was an entrepreneur in many ways in his leadership at UH. He established the Center’s polling operations, created the Center’s Houston Government Internship Program that has matched more than 1000 UH students with public offices and organizations and launched the computer-assisted survey system for the UH Survey Research Institute.Murray is a native of Louisiana with B.A. and M.A. degrees in Government from Louisiana State University and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Minnesota. He transitioned in Summer of 2021 from a 55-year teaching career in the University of Houston Department of Political Science to Senior Research Associate with the Hobby School. Murray has written extensively on Texas politics and elections and his current research interests focus on partisan political change in Texas.