Scholarly and Public Engagement

The Strauss Center is more than just a research unit. We also aim to bring the world to UT through a dynamic interdepartmental speaker series, visiting scholar and fellowship programs, and support for an array of conferences and events. And we aim to bring UT to the world by supporting and mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and convening a guest speakers’ series for the UT community and general public. Key programs under this heading include:

  • Brumley Next Generation Fellows: This program involves highly-competitive fellowships for both graduate and undergraduate students at UT Austin. Graduate students are selected on a program-specific basis, and become involved in research relating to that program under the mentorship of UT faculty. The undergraduates, for their part, are enrolled in a unique class focused on building professional and research skills relevant to the world of policy.
  • Texas National Security Review: The Texas National Security Review is a new kind of journal committed to excellence, scholarly rigor, and big ideas. Launched in 2017 by War on the Rocks, the Strauss Center, and Clements Center (as a part of the Texas National Security Network), we aim for articles published in this journal to end up on university syllabi and the desks of decision-makers, and to be cited as the foundational research and analysis on world affairs.
  • International Security Speaker Series: As the Strauss Center’s longest-running program, this speaker series has brought a steady stream of dynamic scholars and policymakers to UT over the years, fostering a vibrant exchange of ideas and foundations for collaboration.
  • Visiting Scholars and Fellows: The Strauss Center hosts an array of visiting scholars and fellows, ranging from senior faculty or practitioners on sabbatical to up-and-coming academics at the pre-doctoral stage.
  • Crook Fellowships (Archived): Named in honor of the global development pioneer Ambassador William H. Crook, the program annually presents the Crook Fellowships, which are awarded to talented students doing development work in poverty-stricken states across the globe.