David Hurlbut, Ph.D.


8100 Nottaway Cove
Austin, TX 78745

telephone: (512) 280-4431


Main teaching and research interests


Electric Deregulation, Environmental/Natural Resource Policy, International Relations, Public Administration and Management, Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution, Media and Democracy




Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, 1999

Master of Public Affairs, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, 1991

Bachelor of Arts (journalism), University of Houston, 1980

Current position


Senior Economist, Public Utility Commission of Texas
Market oversight, renewable energy, competitive market design issues, market power mitigation, market transparency
Academic publications


"Irrigation for Sale: A Case Study of Water Marketing and Conservation in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas," doctoral dissertation, The University of Texas at Austin, 1999.

"The Cultural Impact of Intellectual Property Forms: Biodiversity," in International Intellectual Property Anthology, eds. Anthony D'Amato and Doris Estelle Long (Cincinnati: Anderson Publishing, 1996), pp. 79-83.

"Fixing the Biodiversity Treaty: Toward a Special Protocol for Related Intellectual Property," Natural Resources Journal, vol. 24 (1994) pp. 379-409.
This article may be viewed on-line at www.cypressrose.com/David/nrj.html

"Beyond the Montreal Protocol: Impact on Nonparty States and Lessons for Future Environmental Protection Regimes," Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, vol. 4 (1993), pp. 344-368. This article may be viewed on-line at www.cypressrose.com/David/cjielp.html

"The Impasse over Hydroelectric Development," in Water Resource Cooperation in the Ganges-Brahmaputra River Basin, Policy Research Project Report no. 101 (Austin, Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1993.

(with David J. Eaton) Challenges in the Binational Management of Water Resources in the Rio Grande/Río Bravo (Austin, Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1992).

(with Jan Gilbreath Rich) Free Trade with Mexico: What’s in it for Texas? (Austin, Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1992).



"The conservation effects of water marketing in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas," presentation to staff of the Texas Water Development Board, research division, November 1999.

"A two-stage recursive linear programming model to simulate farmers’ planting and irrigation decisions under different economic and legal scenarios," presentation to staff of the World Bank, Washington, D.C., August 1999.

"Water Marketing in the U.S.-Mexican Border Region," presentation at conference on Water Resources and the Urban Environment, sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Water Resources Planning and Management Division, Chicago, June 7-10, 1998.

"Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution in Public Administration," guest lecture for Prof. Jacqueline Angel’s class on Public Administration and Management, Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, Spring 1997.



Teaching assistant, applied quantitative analysis II, 1999.
Advised students individually and by e-mail listserve about linear programming, simulation, forecasting, regression modeling, and systems analysis. Graded homework assignments.

Teaching assistant, public administration and management, 1997.
Helped professor design a new model for teaching PAM based on a series of writing-intensive homework assignments throughout the semester. Taught and facilitated sessions on alternative dispute resolution and labor relations, both of which included role-play exercises.

Writing coach, LBJ School, 1997-98 and 1993-94.
Designed and taught workshops on writing skills for public affairs graduate students. Topics included how to avoid common style errors, how to organize a report, and how to draw inferences from numerical data without distortion.

Trainer, Microsoft Excel for advanced data analysis, 1999.
Taught workshops to graduate students at the LBJ School on using Excel’s linear programming, goal-seek, regression, and variance-covariance add-in modules, along with built-in spreadsheet functions for statistical analysis and net present value calculations.



Public policy research and analysis
Ethics, public administration, and quantitative tools such as mathematical programming, simulation, and statistical methods. Have taught advanced analytical methods using Microsoft Excel, SPSS.

Mediation and collaborative decisionmaking
Completed 40 hours of training in alternative dispute resolution; negotiated on behalf of students with University of Texas administrators.

Writing, editing, publication, and presentation
More than 20 years experience as a professional writer and editor, including daily newspaper writing and editing, magazine writing, proposal writing, and academic publication; experience designing and presenting on Microsoft PowerPoint. Have produced books and journals from rough copy to camera-ready page flats and color separations using Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Pagemaker, and Adobe Photoshop, CorelDRAW (both Macintosh and Windows platforms).

Internet navigation, Web design
Have successfully mined the Web for government databases necessary for dissertation research; designed Web sites using GoLive CyberStudio as well as plain HTML.



Production editor, Sectoral Labor Effects of North American Free Trade, eds. Sidney Weintraub, Mónica Verea Campos, and Rafaél Fernández de Castro (Austin, Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1993).
Responsible for editing and proofing English-language chapters from various authors; responsible for coordinating with other editors on Spanish-language chapters; responsible for final production and publication.

Production editor, NAFTA Handbook for Water Resource Managers and Engineers, by David Eaton and Mark Kilgore (Austin, Texas: Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, 1995).
Handled all aspects of production up to and including pre-press color work for the cover. Edited content, updated information, proofread copy, and prepared camera-ready pages in Microsoft Word.

Other work experience




Copy editor, Austin American-Statesman, 1997-99.
Provided data-analysis support for computer-assisted reporting. Worked on nightly deadline preparing news stories for publication in next day’s edition. Edited stories for clarity, accuracy, and style consistency.

U.S. Peace Corps, volunteer (Nepal, 1984-88)
Started Montessori preschools, organized and conducted English teacher training workshops for Nepalese teachers, taught English in a rural high school in Nepal.

Dallas Times Herald, business reporter (1981-84)
Covered business and financial news, particularly economics and real estate; wrote regular analyses of local and national economic trends.

Billings (Montana) Gazette, business editor (1980-81)
Was responsible for covering regional business and economic news; met regularly with officials and business leaders; edited business section.

Computer software trainer (1995-97)
Trained state employees, UT employees, students in Macintosh desktop applications (MS Word, MS Excel, Adobe Illustrator)

Fellowships and other honors


Best doctoral dissertation on socioeconomics and public policy, University Council on Water Resources, 2000

Managing editor, LBJ Journal of Public Affairs, 1990-91.
Had ultimate responsibility for article review and selection, typographic design, content editing, staff management, and faculty liaison.

Associate editor, LBJ Journal of Public Affairs, 1989-90.
Conferred with other associate editors and managing editors to select articles for publication, worked closely with authors in editing manuscripts chosen for publication.

Hogg Foundation Fellowship for Studies of the Southwest (1997-98)

Honors Society of Phi Kappa Phi (UT-Austin chapter)

National Security Education Program, Fellowship recipient, 1994-95.