Jack A. Goldstone, Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Professor of Public Policy and Eminent Scholar, Director
Jack A. Goldstone (PhD Harvard) is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, a Senior Fellow of the Mercatus Center, and a Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Recognized as one of the world’s leading authorities on revolutions and social change, Goldstone’s research focuses on conditions for building democracy and stability in developing nations, particularly the impact of global population changes. He blogs on global trends and world events at www.newpopulationbomb.com.
Justin Gest, Associate Director
Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, minority political behavior, and immigration policy. In the field of minority political behavior, his earlier research focused on Muslim political behavior in Western democracies. In the field of comparative immigration politics, his research compares immigration regimes across dozens of countries worldwide.
Mark N. Katz is a professor of government and politics at George Mason University. Topics that Katz currently writes about include American foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, the international relations of the Middle East, and transnational revolutionary movements. Links to many of his articles can be found on his website: www.marknkatz.com.
Connie L. McNeely received the B.A. (A.B.) in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and the M.A. (A.M.) and Ph.D. in Sociology from Stanford University. She is currently Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, where she is also the Co-Director of the Center for Science and Technology Policy. Her teaching and research address various aspects of science and technology, healthcare, organizational behavior, public policy, governance, social theory, and culture.
Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley is an Associate Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Professor Ben Ouagrham-Gormley has conducted research and written on such topics as nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons proliferation, organization and management of weapons programs, WMD trafficking in states of the former Soviet Union, biosecurity and bioterrorism, bio-dissuasion, export controls, defense industry conversion, transfer mechanisms of WMD expertise, and redirection of WMD experts.
Dr. Hilton Root is a policy specialist in international political economy and development, and Professor at the George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. His current research examines three related areas: (1) global power transition and the challenge of legitimacy; (2) the comparative and historical dynamics of state-building; and (3) the use of complexity models to understand the evolution of social institutions.
A scholar of American foreign and national security policy, with a particular interest in the evolving conceptions of liberal, democratic, republicanism that have guided America in its interaction with the world over the last quarter millennium, Edward Rhodes is currently a Professor on the faculty of George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. From 2010 to 2013 he was Dean of Mason’s School of Public Policy. Rhodes received his A.B. from Harvard University and his MPA and Ph.D. degrees from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.
Trevor Thrall is an associate professor of international security in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute in the Defense and Foreign Policy group, where he was full-time during 2016 and 2017 while on leave from Mason. Dr. Thrall’s research revolves around the intersection of international security, political communication, and public opinion.