Archer Center Faculty
Dr. Michelle Chin (Ph.D., Texas A&M University) teaches “The Policymaking Process” class for the Archer Fellowship Program, a course she has taught since September 2014. In addition to serving as the academic director for the Archer Center, she also holds an appointment as clinical associate professor in the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College at The University of Texas at Dallas. With Dr. Swerdlow, she oversees the internships for undergraduate and graduate Archer Fellows and supervises the “Archer Center Independent Study and Research” class for the Graduate Program in Public Policy. Dr. Chin brings to the classroom over 20 years of experience as a congressional policy advisor, political scientist and educator. Her research has been published in the Journal of Politics, American Politics Review, and Electoral Studies.
Dr. John Daly (Ph.D., Purdue University) teaches the “Advocacy and Politics” class for the Archer Fellowship Program, a course he has taught since the program’s inaugural class in spring 2001. He is the Liddell Centennial Professor of Communication, University Distinguished Teaching Professor, and TCB Professor of Management at The University of Texas at Austin, as well as a University of Texas System Distinguished Teaching Professor. Dr. Daly's interests focus on practical ways of improving the communication skills of individuals. Thus, he has examined topics such as shyness, personality difference in communication, communication difficulties people experience in their personal and professional relationships, influence and advocacy skills, and interpersonal behavior in organizations. He has authored more than 100 scholarly articles, served as editor of two academic journals, and produced more than a dozen books including Advocacy: Championing Ideas and Influencing Others (Yale University Press) and the Handbook of Interpersonal Communication (SAGE). He has also consulted with numerous organizations across the world, both public and private, on communication-related issues. He has worked in numerous political campaigns and with many local, state, and federal agencies including the White House. While at UT Austin, Dr. Daly has been the winner of every campus-wide undergraduate teaching award.
Dr. Joel Swerdlow ( Ph.D., Cornell University) teaches "The Politics of National Memory” class for the Archer Fellowship Program. With Dr. Chin, he oversees the internships for undergraduate and graduate Archer Fellows and supervises the “Archer Center Independent Study and Research” class for the Graduate Program in Public Policy. He is a clinical associate professor in the Honors College at The University of Texas at Dallas and has worked with the Archer Center since 2004. Dr. Joel Swerdlow teaches the “Politics of National Memory” class for the Archer Center, and helps to oversee the internships for Archer Fellows. He is a full professor in the Hobson Wildenthal Honors College at The University of Texas at Dallas – and has worked with the Archer Center since 2006. Dr. Swerdlow has a long career as an author, editor, journalist, researcher, and educator. A senior writer and editor at National Geographic for 10 years, his published works include To Heal a Nation: The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and So As I Was Saying…My Somewhat Eventful Life, with Frank Mankiewicz. He was a Senior Fellow and Director of Programs and Publications at the Washington Annenberg Program. His work, which reaches both academic and popular audiences in the United States and abroad, focuses on a range of scientific, technological and public policy issues.
Dr. Christina Suthammanont (Ph.D., Texas A&M University) is a faculty advisor for the Archer Fellowship Program. She provides career and professional feedback to undergraduate and graduate Archer Fellows, and works with Drs. Chin and Swerdlow to supervise the graduate policy working groups and “Archer Center Independent Study and Research” class. Dr. Suthammanont is a seasoned professional with more than 20 years of academic and industry experience in project and program management. As a faculty member and academic program coordinator, she successfully led the development and management of an academic program at Texas A&M University, San Antonio. As part of industry, she has managed global consumer market research projects and has worked on some of the federal government’s most complex technology challenges. Dr. Suthammanont is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and earned her doctorate in political science in the fields of American politics and comparative politics. She holds a B.A. from New York University (2000), where she is also a recipient of the prestigious NYU Founder’s Day Award.
Vice Chancellor William (Bill) Shute (J.D., University of Houston; B.A., The University of Texas at Austin) teaches the “Inside Washington: Policymaking from the Ground Up” class for the Graduate Program in Public Policy. As the vice chancellor for federal relations, Mr. Shute represents The University of Texas System at the federal level and leads the UT System Office of Federal Relations. Before joining the UT System in September 2001, Vice Chancellor Shute spent eleven years as Executive Director – Federal Relations for SBC Telecommunications , Inc. He also worked as Senior Vice President in the government relations firm R. Duffy Wall & Associates and was a Legal Fellow for the National Association of Broadcasters. Prior to working for SBC, the Vice Chancellor was Legislative Assistant to former Member of Congress Bob Whittaker and was responsible for several Commerce Committee and Judiciary Committee issues. Vice Chancellor Shute holds a B.A. degree with honors from The University of Texas at Austin. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas and also serves as an adjunct professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs Washington Center.