Dr. Raymond Robertson, Professor and holder of the Helen and Roy Ryu Chair in Economics and Government in the Department of International Affairs at the Bush School of Government and Public Service, became Director of the Mosbacher Institute in January, 2019. He is a recognized expert on international and labor economics.
Dr. Robertson’s research interests in the economics and policy implications of international trade, labor, and global development are well aligned with the interests and mission of the Institute.
You can find Dr. Robertson's full biography at bush.tamu.edu/faculty/rrobertson.
Since 2013, Jennifer Hartman Moore has served as the assistant director of the Mosbacher Institute for Trade, Economics, and Public Policy. A 1992 Texas A&M University graduate in political science, Moore spent more than ten years in the legislative and political arena, during which time she worked for state and federal legislators, including US Congressmen Joe Barton (TX) and Jay Dickey (AR), as well as Texas State Senator Florence Shapiro. Moore also worked in the White House during the administration of President George H.W. Bush.
As a legislative consultant for the Texas Hotel & Lodging Association in Austin, Moore educated members on legislative issues, and monitored and analyzed legislation. Her responsibilities as Senator Shapiro's chief-of-staff included supervising the capitol and all district offices, administering the senator's legislative agenda, and developing district outreach and press strategies. While working for US Representative Dickey as legislative director, she supervised legislative staff, coordinated the legislative agendas, and served as Congressman Dickey’s aide to the House Appropriations Committee. Moore also assisted in representing clients on telecommunications issues at the Washington, DC lobbying and government relations firm, The Dutko Group.
Cynthia Gause is a graduate of Amherst College with a BA in physics. She spent her early career in the fledgling field of computer science, starting as a computer programmer and software designer on various government contracting projects around Boston and Washington, DC. She then worked for several years as an Information Systems Manager at The Bank of New York in New York City. Before moving to Texas and joining the Mosbacher Institute, she spent 19 years as the Administrative Assistant to the principals of the Williston School District in Williston, Vermont. In that position she was responsible for the schools’ data management and reporting, personnel coordination, community and school communications, and general organizational support.
Vivian Bronsoler, who joined the Bush School of Government and Public Service in September 2019, directs the Mosbacher Institute’s Borders & Migration Lab. She is a public policy professional with ten years of experience in program design and management, strategy development, evaluation, and international development. She is dedicated to researching and building innovative, evidence-based programs and strong partnerships to overcome complex problems in social development, particularly in topics of violence, migration, and governance. Before coming to Texas, she managed the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab’s (J-PAL) office for Mexico and Central America, a global poverty research center based at MIT. She has also worked in the World Bank Indonesia Office and in the Mexican government in a variety of positions related to service delivery and development.
Bronsoler holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BA in Political Science from the Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology (ITAM).
James M. Griffin is Senior Professor of Economics and Public Policy and Bob Bullock Chair Emeritus at the Bush School of Government and Public Service. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist in economics and mathematics. Griffin's research on energy policy and the effects of technological change on various industries has been published in numerous scholarly articles and books, and he co-authored the leading textbook in his field. He serves on the editorial boards of three journals specializing in energy economics. Most recently, he wrote A Smart Energy Policy: An Economist's Rx for Balancing Cheap, Clean, and Secure Energy published by Yale University Press. Griffin also has considerable experience as a consultant on antitrust and regulatory matters. His current research interests are in groundwater and surface water regulation in Texas.