Strauss Center News

Updates from the Strauss Center and our affiliated distinguished scholars and fellows



Professor Webber Breaks Down the Texas Energy Crisis

March 10, 2021

Michael Webber, Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources at UT Austin and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was featured in many publications over the course of the past weeks in response to the winter storm in Texas in February.  In an interview with Yahoo! Finance, Professor Webber said that the failure of the grid system was not a…

SSS Interview on Space Policy

March 3, 2021

In a new episode of the SSS program’s video series, Dr. Cassandra Steer, Senior Lecturer at the Australian National University College of Law and Mission Specialist with the ANU Institute for Space, sits down with Collin Ma, a Senior at UT Austin studying Mechanical Engineering and Director of Test Operations for the Texas Engineering Rocket Lab. After…

Dr. Jah Featured in BBC’s The Inquiry

March 2, 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at UT Austin and Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, was featured in a recent episode of the BBC’s Inquiry podcast on space junk. Dr. Jah began by emphasizing that near earth space is a finite resource—one which is becoming increasingly polluted by “mission-related debris,” or…

2021-22 Brumley Fellowship Applications Now Open

February 25, 2021

The Strauss Center is pleased to announce the call for applications for the 2021-2022 Brumley Next Generation Graduate Fellows and Undergraduate Scholars programs. These unique opportunities provide research training and mentorships to exceptional undergraduate and graduate students of any discipline at the University of Texas at Austin. The program is made possible by the generous support of Jon and Rebecca Brumley. For…

Brayne’s Book Discussed in Recent Intercept Article

February 9, 2021

A recent piece published by The Intercept discusses the primary findings of Professor Sarah Brayne’s new book, Predict and Surveil: Data, Discretion, and the Future of Policing. Professor Brayne, who is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and a Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, did months of fieldwork research on the Los Angeles Police Department’s (LAPD) use of surveillance technology and big…

Dr. Jah Provides Insight for the Incoming Administrator of NASA

February 1, 2021

Dr. Moriba Jah, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar, Program Lead of the Space Security and Safety (SSS) program at the Strauss Center, Director of the Advanced Sciences and Technology Research in Astronautics (ASTRIA) program, and Associate Professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics in the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin, recently published an op-ed…

Gavin Introduces the Newest Issue of the Texas National Security Review

January 28, 2021

Francis J. Gavin, Strauss Center Distinguished Scholar and Giovanni Agnelli Distinguished Professor and the inaugural director of the Henry A. Kissinger Center for Global Affairs at SAIS-Johns Hopkins University, recently published the introductory essay for the Winter 2020/2021 issue of the Texas National Security Review—a publication which is co-sponsored by the Strauss Center. Gavin begins…

Op-Ed by Brumley Senior Fellow, Maro Youssef: “Women’s rights have improved in North Africa, but the struggle continues”

January 26, 2021

Maro Youssef, Brumley Senior Fellow and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology, recently published an Op-Ed on women’s rights in North Africa ten years after the Arab Spring. Maro shared that her experience with the Brumley Next Generation Fellows program at the Strauss Center has helped to strengthen her Op-Ed skills and encouraged her to…

Distinguished Scholar Round-Up: The Capitol Insurrection and its Aftermath

January 22, 2021

Several of the Strauss Center’s Distinguished Scholars have written about the riot at the U.S. Capitol last week. Professor Jeremi Suri discussed the issue on several platforms. In an article published by KENS5, Suri took a historical perspective, likening the tactics of the rioters to that of al Qaeda, who also previously targeted the Capitol…

Chesney Analyzes Section 1752 of the FY 2021 National Defense Authorization Act

January 21, 2021

In a recent piece published in Lawfare, Professor Robert M. Chesney, Director of the Strauss Center and James Baker Chair and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the UT School of Law, unpacked the legal rationale behind Section 1752 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2021. Section 1752, which recently went…