Department of Middle Eastern Studies
Department of Middle Eastern Studies

David Eaton

ProfessorPhD, Johns Hopkins University

Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
David Eaton



evaluation of energy and water conservation programs, joint management by Palestinians and Israelis of shared groundwater,new methods for evaluating and preventing air pollution emissions


David J. Eaton received his Ph.D. in environmental engineering and geography from The Johns Hopkins University. Eaton teaches courses on systems analysis, environmental and energy policy, and nonprofit management in the LBJ School. He has lectured in twenty countries and conducted field research in fifteen nations.

Eaton has written on rural water supply, international water resource conflicts, energy management, environmental problems of industries, management of emergency medical services, applications of mathematical programming to resource problems, insurance, and agriculture. His research focuses on sustainable development in international river basins, evaluation of energy and water conservation programs, and prevention of pollution. Among his recent publications are the NAFTA Handbook for Water Resource Managers and Engineers, Emergency Medical Services in Travis County, Texas and The Impacts of Trade Agreements on State Provincial Laws.

Eaton's current research concerns U.S.-Mexico environmental cooperation, new methods for evaluation of air pollution emissions, joint management by Palestinians and Israelis of shared groundwater, and water conservation in Texas. The Texas Department of Insurance used research on tort reform directed by Eaton as evidence to justify rebates of over $1.3 billion for liability insurance in Texas in 1997-1999.



Ph.D. in environmental engineering and geography, The Johns Hopkins University, 1977; M. of Public Works, The University of Pittsburgh, 1972; M.Sc. in environmental health, The University of Pittsburgh, 1972; A.B. in biology, Oberlin College, 1971

Current Positions

Special Fellow (Advisor), United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) (1997-2008); Director, UT Austin Center for Environmental Resource Management; co-chair, Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory, The University of Texas at Austin; co-chair, Cross-Border Initiative for Research and Development, The University of Texas at Austin


Co-author, The American Title Insurance Industry (New York University Press, 2007); Author,Stakeholders’ Perspectives on Future Use of South Saskatchewan River Basin, LBJ School of Public Affairs (2007); Author, Creating a Carbon Capture and Storage Industry in Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs (2007); Author, The End of Sovereignty [CITE]Springer-Verlag Publishers, Berlin (2006); co-author, [CITE]NAFTA Handbook for Water Resource Managers and Engineers (U.S.-Mexican Policy Studies Program, 1995); author, Emergency Medical Services in Travis County, Texas; author, The Impacts of Trade Agreements on State Provincial Laws



EUS 348 • Soc Justice/Sec Policy-Pol

35975 • Spring 2018
(also listed as GOV 365N, P A 325, REE 335)

Through this program we aim to bring together an array of topics of interest to UT students, with the goal of creating a critical mass of interest in Central Eastern Europe. By building on existing programs in Warsaw but taking advantage of instructor’s contacts, exepertise, and ability to synthesize a range of materials through group discussions, excursions, and assignments, we hope to increase student travel to and study of this region in fields of critical national interest relevant not just to students in CREEES but IRG, European Studies, Government, and beyond. Students will be introduced to policy case studies in Poland and a general overview while studying at UT, afterwhich they will have an opportunity to delve in-depth into one of four topics while in-country, working closely with experts in one of the following fields:

(a) Identity, Diversity and Tolerance in Polish Society; (b) Security Policy in Central Europe and Poland;

(c) Cyber-security Issues and Policy in Poland; and (d) The Criminal Justice System in Poland.

The aim of the program is to expose the student population to the limited study abroad opportunities in fields such as cybersecurity policy and criminal justice studies, while offering an interdisciplinary experience, combined with optional language training and the potential for professional experience abroad. This structure allows students to focus on a specialization while in-country, allowing one program to cover an array of topics, without succumbing to the lack of depth typically associated with a survey course.

As the topics are clearly linked to potential professional trajectories, students will have the option (for an additional fee) to further their professional interests by being placed in on-site internships in the field they are specializing in during the Maymester. Internships would take place after the program and would be eligible for additional UT credit through an affiliation agreement with the host institution, Collegium Civitas in Warsaw. Strategically located in the capital of Poland, a hub for issues of economic, political and historical relevance, the program will capitalize on academic and professional connections in the region. Poland, and Warsaw in particular, offers students a very specific perspective on global issues and EU policies, where they will surely encounter and discuss concerns over social justice and security policy different than those found in many other countries.

Students will write and present a final research paper on a topic of personal interest. There is a common core of orienting lectures/discussions during Spring Semester 2018 and through the assignments and extra-curricular meetings with policy professionals in-country, including US intelligence officials, US, Polish & German foreign service personnel, members of the NATO batallion, and former members of the Solidarity movement.




  • Pre-departure Meetings and Lectures*14 @ 10 points each (1 hour each)  140 points
  • International Travel Safety Training*      1 @ 50 points                                                50 points
  • In-country Course Lectures: Attendance and Participation      10 @ 10 points per lecture day                                                                                                                  100 points
  • In-country Course Assessment**  Varies with specialization, indicated in descriptions below                                                                                                                        150 points
  • In-country Extra-curriculuar Meetings: US/German embassies, intelligence officials, political movements                           3 @ 20 points each                           60 points
  • Cultural Excursions & Field Trip to Krakow: Participation        5 excursions @ 20 points each, 3-day field trip @ 50 points                                                               150 points
  • Field Journal                                                25 journal entries @ 2 points each          50 points
  • Reflection Essay                                          1 @ 100 points                      100 points
  • Final Research Paper/Field Project & Presentation**  1 project @ 150 points, 1 presentation @ 50 points                                                                             200 points
  • TOTAL POINTS                                                                                                            1000

GRG 356 • Environmental Health

37825 • Spring 2014
Meets T 6:00PM-9:00PM SRH 3.122

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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

GRG 356 • Environmental Health

37501 • Spring 2013
Meets T 6:00PM-9:00PM SRH 3.122

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Prerequisite: Upper-division standing.

ANS 301M • Environment And Society-Ind

31020 • Spring 2008

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