John Antel, PhD
Professor, Department of Economics
713 743 2933
Expertise: Applied Statistics, Data Analysis, Benefit-Cost Analysis, Labor and Health Economics
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.
Gail Buttorff, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor, Hobby School of Public Affairs
501H E. Cullen
713 743 6228
Expertise: Middle East Politics, Women and Public Policy in the MENA, Formal Theory, Female Labor Force Participation, Quantitative Methods
Gail Buttorff joined the Hobby School as a Visiting Assistant Professor in 2017. She is also a contributing expert for the Women’s Rights in the Middle East Program at Rice University’s Baker Institute. She holds a PhD and MA in Political Science from the University of Iowa, and a BA from New York University in Economics and Political Science.
Her research interests broadly focus on opposition politics, authoritarian elections, and women and politics, with a regional specialization in the Middle East and North Africa. Her work has been published in Electoral Studies, Journal of Theoretical Politics, and by the Baker Institute for Public Policy, among others. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and the Council of American Overseas Research Centers.
Daniel Engster, PhD
Professor, Hobby School of Public Affairs
Director, The Ethics Center
337A McElhinney Hall
Expertise: Political Philosophy, Ethics, Family Policy, Early Education, Care Work
Daniel Engster is a Professor in the Master of Public Policy program and Director of the Civitas Program at the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston. He received his BA in Political Science from the Colorado College and his MA and PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago.
His research and teaching expertise are in the areas of political philosophy and public policy, practical ethics, contemporary political theory, care ethics, and the family. His books include The Heart of Justice: Care Ethics and Political Theory (Oxford University Press, 2007); Justice, Politics, and the Family, co-edited with Tamara Metz (Paradigm, 2014); Care Ethics and Political Theory, co-edited with Maurice Hamington (Oxford University Press, 2015); and Justice, Care, and the Welfare State (Oxford University Press, 2015). He has been awarded two NEH research fellowships, a Fulbright fellowship to the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the Regent’s Outstanding Teaching Award by the University of Texas system.
Jim Granato, PhD
Executive Director, Hobby School of Public Policy
Professor, Political Science
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.
Pablo M. Pinto, PhD
Associate Professor, Hobby School of Public Affairs
Director, Center for Public Policy
307A McElhinney Hall
713 743 2540
Expertise: Political Economy, Globalization of Production, Fiscal Policy and Taxation, Political Representation, Quantitative Methods
Pablo M. Pinto is Director of the Hobby School's Center for Public Policy, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, and co-editor of the journal Economics & Politics. Pinto holds an MA from Aoyama Gakuin University in Japan, and a PhD in Political Science and International Affairs from the University of California, San Diego. He also received a Law Degree from Universidad Nacional de La Plata, Argentina.
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. Pinto also worked as Chief Counsel for Toyota Argentina.
Pinto's areas of expertise are international and comparative political economy, comparative politics, and quantitative methods. His research can be organized thematically around six related areas: the political economy of foreign direct investment, sourcing and the activity of multinational corporations; the causes and consequences of economic integration; the role of ideology, socialization and self-interest in the formation of individual preferences towards globalization; the domestic and international determinants of growth, development fiscal policy and taxation; political representation, turnout and voting; and randomization inference using observational data.
Pinto 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 in International Organization, Comparative Political Studies, Legislative Studies Quarterly, International Studies Quarterly, Economics & Politics, Political Analysis, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, the Review of International Political Economy, edited volumes and other outlets.
Alan Witt, PhD
Professor, Hobby School of Public Affairs
Professor, Psychology (College of Liberals Arts and Social Sciences)
Professor, Management (Bauer College of Business)
713 743 3253
Expertise: Strategy-Culture Alignment, Personality, Leadership, Customer Service, Work-Family Balance, Counterproductive Work Behavior, Organizational Politics, Job Performance, Occupational Health and Safety, Diversity, Teams, Information Security, and Situational Awareness/Emergency Management
Alan Witt received a BA in Public Policy (with honors) and Sociology (Tulane University, 1981), a BS in Psychology (Tulane University, 1981), an MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Illinois Institute of Technology, 1982), and a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology (Tulane University, 1985). He was named a fellow in the American Psychological Association and Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2005.
His government experience included a White House internship during the Carter administration and later a stint in the Federal Aviation Administration. Alan’s private sector experience was as a human resources director in the financial services industry (i.e., a bank now known as Bank of America). He came to UH in August, 2006.
Sunny Wong, PhD
Professor, Hobby School of Public Affairs
Director of Graduate Studies
307D McElhinney Hall
713 743 7350
Expertise: Monetary Policy, Learning Dynamics, Business-Cycle Theory, Foreign Direct Investment, Empirical Implications of Theoretical Models (EITM)
Born in Hong Kong, Sunny Wong moved to the United States to pursue his higher education after he graduated in high school in 1995. He received his Bachelor of Science (1998), Master of Science (2000) and PhD degrees (2002) in Economics from the University of Oregon.
Prior to his current position at the Hobby School, Professor Wong taught in the Department of Economics at the University of San Francisco (2006-2017) and in the Department of Economics and International Business at the University of Southern Mississippi (2002-2006). He was also an honorary instructor at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis and Collection at the University of Essex in England (2006-2008). His teaching and research interests include monetary policy, learning dynamics, business-cycle theory, foreign direct investment and the empirical implications of theoretical models (EITM).
Professor Wong has published research articles in academic journals such as American Journal of Political Science, World Development, Macroeconomic Dynamics, Economics Letters, Political Research Quarterly, Economic Inquiry, Electoral Studies, and Review of International Economics. He published a book (coauthored with Dr. Jim Granato), The Role of Policymakers in Business Cycle Fluctuations (Cambridge University Press), studying monetary policy in stabilizing economic volatility in the United States.