Dr. Austin is Associate Professor of University Studies and Honors.  He is a popular lecturer in historical global processes, the business of energy, social issues courses, Honors, Capstone, and a large introductory freshman course on the 1960s. His supervision of McNair scholars & numerous theses has resulted in Fulbright appointments & student journal publications.

An economic historian, Dr. Austin is the author of studies, reviews, and books including Baring Brothers and the Birth of Modern Finance. He is working on two forthcoming publications: a study of the 1960s and an investigation of the historical impact of lawyers on prosperity around the world. He graduated from The Thacher School in California, took a B.S. from Northwestern, and holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the University of Texas where he studied with Wm. Roger Louis and W.W. Rostow. Dr. Austin is also pianist in a faculty classical trio for the campus community. Before joining the St. Ed’s faculty, he was in private secondary school leadership in Austin and New York City.


Ph.D., History, University of Texas at Austin, 1999

M.A., History, University of Texas at Austin, 1993

B.S., Rhetorical History, Northwestern University, 1983