Julián Castro to join LBJ School’s faculty
Julián Castro will join the faculty at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.
The former San Antonio mayor and U.S. housing secretary will lead a seminar series and might teach regular classes soon.
Julián Castro — former federal housing secretary, former San Antonio mayor and, by the looks of things, a man who is sizing up the possibility of a run for the White House in 2020 — will join the faculty at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs in September.
Castro initially will lead a seminar series examining the complexities of policy development through the lens of housing. Workshops on the future of Texas, as well as podcasts and traditional classes with an interdisciplinary flavor, could soon be in the mix.
“We’re living in this moment where a lot of young people are questioning the value of public service, and they find it hard to see good public policy in action,” Castro told the American-Statesman on Monday. “The more voices that can help inspire them to go into public service and to take public policy seriously, I think the better off we’re going to be.”
Angela Evans, dean of the LBJ School, said she approached Castro about the job and sees him not only as a standout addition to the faculty but also as a kitchen cabinet adviser to help her rethink the future of the school’s curriculum and its approach to educating students in coming decades.
“It’s not like he said, ‘ Oh, Angela, I want to come there because I really have aspirations and this is going to give me cover.’ He came because I asked him to come,” Evans told the American-Statesman. “My guess is I