WHO WE ARE
The Austin Institute fosters high-quality social science researchers, research and policy affecting family and culture, and intellectual community with UT Austin faculty and students.
Flourishing persons, stronger families, and better policy.
Our scholars and staff strive to serve the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Texas, the Austin civic community, and the global intellectual community seeking answers to profound questions about the family and culture.
What We Do
Our activity extends from lectures and events on campus, dinners at our institute home, Stumberg Hall, to national research on issues facing the family.
Furthering Our Mission
With a new permanent home, the Austin Institute seeks your support in its mission to serve the communities of Austin, Texas, and beyond.
KEVIN E. STUART, PH.D.
Kevin E. Stuart is the executive director of the Austin Institute for the Study of Family & Culture. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied public law and political philosophy, and was a visiting scholar at the University of Cambridge. He earned a Master of Sciences from the London School of Economics and Political Science after receiving undergraduate degrees in history and English literature from Louisiana State University. He is the editor of the Catholicism & Society book series for the Society for Catholic Social Scientists (Franciscan University Press).
DEANN STUART, PH.D.
Associate Director of Curriculum
DeAnn Barta Stuart earned her B.A. and M.Hum. from the University of Dallas and her Ph.D. in English Literature from Baylor University. While at Baylor, she taught courses in composition and literature and served as the Graduate Tutor of Arts and Letters at Brooks Residential College and Graduate Assistant for the Baylor in Maastricht Program. Over the years, she has received various teaching awards at the middle school, high school, and college levels, including Campus Teacher of the Year on two campuses within the Carroll Independent School District, District Teacher of the Year, and Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor.
She has spearheaded curriculum-writing teams and mentored new teachers at all levels. When she’s not working, DeAnn loves to host dinners with her husband, to plan trips to faraway places, and to go on long hikes.