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Cynthia Osborne


Core FacultyPh.D., Princeton University

Associate Professor, LBJ School of Public Affairs
Cynthia Osborne

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Social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, family demography, and school entry among disadvantaged children

Biography


Dr. Osborne is an Associate Professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Child and Family Research Partnership at the LBJ School. She is also the Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy at the LBJ School. Her teaching and research interests are in the areas of social policy, poverty and inequality, family and child well-being, and family demography. She has extensive experience in long-term evaluations of state and national programs, including the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Home Visiting Program and paternity, child support, and teen education programs of the Texas Office of the Attorney General.

Dr. Osborne is also a Research Affiliate of the Population Research Center and a Research Affiliate of the Center for Women and Gender Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. She currently serves as consultant and Chair of the Responsible Fatherhood working group for the Fatherhood Research and Practice Network (FRPN), a long-term project of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. She is elected to the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) Policy Council, the leadership team responsible for setting policy and strategy for the association. Dr. Osborne directs The University of Texas at Austin’s institutional membership of SRCD’s University-Based Child Family Policy Consortium. She previously was Director of the Project on Education Effectiveness and Quality (PEEQ), an initiative of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. PEEQ measured state educator preparation programs’ influence on student achievement for the Texas Education Agency.

 Dr. Osborne joined the faculty of the LBJ School of Public Affairs in 2005 after completing a post-doctoral research fellowship at the Center for Research on Child Wellbeing at Princeton University. Dr. Osborne holds a Ph.D. in Demography and Public Affairs from Princeton University, Master in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, and Master of Arts in Education from Claremont Graduate University. Previously, Dr. Osborne taught middle school in a low-income community in California.

 

Courses


WGS 393 • Family Policy

46220 • Fall 2015
Meets M 9:00AM-12:00PM SRH 3.360
(also listed as P A 388K)

The primary goals of this course are to examine the demographic, economic, and social changes that have taken place in the family over the past several decades and to identify what these changes mean for public policies aimed at strengthening families.  We will address several questions, including: What has happened to the family?  How much help do families need and what type of help?  Who needs help the most?  How successful have policies been at helping families in the past?  What ought government do to help families?  Should government promote marriage?  The focus will primarily be on US federal family policy, but will also consider some state issues and comparative perspectives of policies and demographic changes.  Upon completion of the course, students will:

  • Identify the major demographic, economic, and social changes in the family, and how these changes have occurred differently across demographic groups.
  • Clearly articulate the major theories of family change and identify which demographic group each theory applies to best.
  • Distinguish the causal versus selection effects of family structure and family change.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of policies aimed at redressing family needs.
  • Articulate the competing political and policy arguments on family policy.
  • Evaluate, generate, and present ideas to strengthen families.

WGS 393 • Family Policy

48030 • Fall 2014
Meets TH 9:00AM-12:00PM SRH 3.221
(also listed as P A 388K)

The primary goals of this course are to examine the demographic, economic, and social changes that have taken place in the family over the past several decades and to identify what these changes mean for public policies aimed at strengthening families.  We will address several questions, including: What has happened to the family?  How much help do families need and what type of help?  Who needs help the most?  How successful have policies been at helping families in the past?  What ought government do to help families?  Should government promote marriage?  The focus will primarily be on US federal family policy, but will also consider some state issues and comparative perspectives of policies and demographic changes. 

WGS 393 • Family Policy

47995 • Fall 2013
Meets TH 9:00AM-12:00PM SRH 3.355
(also listed as P A 388K)

The primary goals of this course are to examine the demographic, economic, and social changes that have taken place in the family over the past several decades and to identify what these changes mean for public policies aimed at strengthening families.  We will address several questions, including: What has happened to the family?  How much help do families need and what type of help?  Who needs help the most?  How successful have policies been at helping families in the past?  What ought government do to help families?  Should government promote marriage?  The focus will primarily be on US federal family policy, but will also consider some state issues and comparative perspectives of policies and demographic changes. 


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