Faculty Awards and Appointments

December 2016

George Mason University launched the Stephen S. Fuller Institute for Research on the Washington Region’s Future Economy.

October 2016

Kingsley Haynes becomes Chair of the Asian Politics and History Association. He was recognized by Japan Regional Science Association with appointment as 32nd “Honoree” (fourth foreigner to be so honored). His book on High Speed Rail in China was recognized for its contribution to Regional Science by the Japan Association.

Gregory Koblentz was the Co-PI on a 2-year grant from the Smith Richardson Foundation on CRISPR AND BIOSECURITY: ASSESSING RISKS, BENEFITS, AND GOVERNANCE OPTIONS OF NEW GENE EDITING TOOLS ($193,283).

Louise Shelley is in residence at the Rockefeller Foundation Villa, in Bellagio, Italy as a scholarly fellow.

September 2016

Terry Clower received a new research award: Economic Impacts of Conserved Land on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Sponsor: Virginia Department of Environmental Quality ($108,000).

David Hart has joined the program committee for the annual Industry Studies Conference, which will be held in Washington DC in May 2017.

Jennifer Victor was elected President of the National Capital Area Political Science Association.

August 2016

Younsung Kim received “Best Journal Article Award for 2015” at the 2016 Academy of Management annual meeting. The article entitled “Business as a Collaborative Partner: Understanding Firms’ Sociopolitical Support for Policy Formation” was published at Public Administration Review.

Paul Posner received the Corneilius E. Tierney Research Award from the Association of Government Accountants.

July 2016

Alan Abramson was invited to become a founding board member of the new China Institute for Philanthropy and Social Innovation at Renmin University of China, one of the top-ranking universities in China.  Alan attended the first board meeting and the founding ceremony for the institute in Beijing on July 26.

Ahsan Butt won a grant from the Ali Vural Ak Center for Global Islamic Studies at GMU.

Terry Clower was awarded funding by the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council for the “Economic Impacts of the Pet Industry” in the amount of $139,602. He joined the Virginia Aerospace Study Committee under the direction of the Virginia Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Daniel Druckman and Lynn Wagner won the best paper award at the Group Decision and Negotiation conference in Bellingham, Washington June 20-24. 2016. The paper is titled: “Negotiating Peace: The Role of Procedural and Distributive Justice in Achieving Durable Peace.”

John S. Earle and co-author Scott Gehlbach (University of Wisconsin) have been awarded a $430,000 NSF grant for their project “Collaborative Research: Political Connections and Firm Behavior.”

Jonathan Gifford was appointed to the OECD/ITF working group: Private Investment in Infrastructure: Infrastructure Risk Treatment and Moving Beyond P3s. He was also asked to be the WCTRS (World Conference on Transport Research Society) Membership Committee’s North American Representative.

David Hart was appointed as a senior fellow with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, focusing on clean energy innovation.

June 2016

John Gordon was presented a Bronze Achievement Award from the RAND Corporation where he is a senior researcher.  The award was in recognition for a two-year research project for the US Army that examined the Service’s combat vehicle fleet, determining what modifications and improvements will be required in the coming years.  This research will be published as a formal report in the fall of 2016.

May 2016

Katrin Anacker was appointed to serve on the editorial advisory board of the academic journal Urban Affairs Review.

Philip Auerswald was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation in the amount of $49,011 for your project titled: “The Advance of the Algorithmic Frontier and the Evolution of Work: A Workshop to Explore Public Implications.”

Justin Gest was selected by Palgrave Macmillan to serve as Editor of their Citizenship and Migration Politics book series with Willem Maas. Dr. Gest received funding from New York Community Trust (with Jens Hainmueller), $300,000 for the Naturalize New York experiment; Robin Hood Foundation (with Jens Hainmueller), $800,000 for the Naturalize New York experiment; The World Bank, $49,000 for the IMBR Migrants Rights Database; and Open Society Foundations (with Andrew Schoenholtz), $100,000 for the International Migrants Bill of Rights.

April 2016

Zoltan Acs won an award from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Tampa Bay Area)

Terry Clower won awards from Arlington County (Arlington County Towing Analysis), the Virginia Housing Development Authority (Virginia Economic Development and Housing Study), and Loudoun County (Loudoun County Housing Study).

Timothy Conlan was awarded the Donald C. and Alice M. Stone Award for Outstanding Research and Teaching Contributions in the field of Intergovernmental Management at the national conference of the American Society for Public Administration in March.

Katharine Destler was awarded a competitive fellowship from the National Academy of Education and Spencer Foundation to fund a year’s salary for full-time research. She will use this time to build on her research that examines the civic effects of school choice, and more specifically, the relationship between school choice and the racial and economic composition of students across schools.

Stephen Fuller won an award from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Defining the Innovation Space: Measuring Entrepreneurial Opportunity embedded in Regional Job Flows).

David Hart became the co-chair of the Innovation Policy Forum at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine.  He was appointed to a three year term by Ralph Cicerone, President of the National Academy of Sciences, which will began on April 26.

Phillip Magness (with Robert P. Murphy) was awarded the Journal of Private Enterprise Best Paper Award for their paper honor for their article, “Challenging the Empirical Contribution of Thom-as Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century.”

Paul Posner won an award from the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (State and Federal Governance Issues).

Mark J. Rozell was named founding dean of the Schar School of Policy and Government.  In addition, he will hold the Ruth D. Hazel and John T. Hazel, M.D., Faculty Chair in Public Policy.

Louise Shelley won a prestigious fellowship. She was named by the Rockefeller Foundation as Resident Fellow to the Bellagio Center for her project on Illicit Trade: Global Challenge.

Sita Slavov won an award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (Pathways to Retirement and the Self-Employed).

Janine Wedel has been appointed as global chair of the Institute for Policy Research (IPR) at Bath University in England.

March 2016

Mark Rozell was named the founding dean of Mason’s School Policy, Government, and International Affairs.  In addition, he will hold the Ruth D. Hazel and John T. Hazel, M.D., Faculty Chair in Public Policy.

Tojo Thatchenkery has been awarded a Fulbright Specialist grant in Business Administration, Innovation Management, Strategic Management, & Organizational Development at University of Eastern Finland, and University of Tampere, both in Finland. Professor Thatchenkery will spend time in Finland during May and June this year. He will work with both universities, local Chambers of Commerce, and private companies during the visit.

Anne L. Washington was elected to the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) Advisory Board in February 2016.

February 2016

Paul Posner was elected Chairman of the Board of the National Academy of Public Administration for 2016.

Roger Stough was elected as the founding Vice President of the Regional Science Academy at the Western Regional Science Meetings in Hawaii, February 2016.

January 2016

Andrew Hughes Hallett currently serves as Advisor for monetary and economic affairs, European Parliament, Brussels, and as Commissioner for the Scottish Fiscal Commission.

Paul Posner was elected Chairman of the Board of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). The Academy is a congressional chartered body that does funded research on public administration and institutions through the use of Fellows elected for their prominence and expertise.

The World Medical Association {WMA} has re-chartered [2015- 2017] the Schar School’s Center for the Study of International Medical Policies and Practices [CSIMPP] as the “WMA Academic Collaborating Center” with expertise in Microbial Resistance and Health Policy. The other four Centers are: Center for Global Health and medical Diplomacy at the University of Florida, US; Institute of Ethics and Medical History, University of Tübingen, Germany; Institut de droit de la santé, Neuchâtel, Switzerland; and The Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, Johannesburg.  CSIMPP deployed a second continuing professional education module on “Health Effects of Tobacco Secondhand Smoke: focus on Children Health.” This activity was developed based on the request from WMA, and offers educational credits for health professionals.

November 2015

Zoltan Acs received a Kauffman Foundation award to study the Tampa Bay Ecosystem.

October 2015

Terry Clower was appointed by the Virginia Legislature Joint Advisory Board of Economists to assist the Secretary of Finance with economic forecasting and serve as an advisory group to the governor. Dr. Clower received research funding on economic development and housing in the Commonwealth of Virginia for the Virginia Departments of Commerce and Housing.

Tonya Neaves will be one of the three Associate Editors for Journal of Urban Management, effective January 1, 2016.

Roger Stough has been named Vice President of the International Regional Science Academy (IRSAc) which was founded in 2015.

September 2015

Robert Deitz was appointed to the advisory board for the Security & Strategy Program at SMU. He has also been asked to serve on a panel at a joint conference established by AFIO (Association of Former Intelligence Officers) and CIRA (Central Intelligence Retirees). The panel will discuss accountability of the intelligence community.

Gregory Koblentz is the new Director of the Biodefense Graduate Program at SPGIA.

Connie McNeely won an award from the NSF to conduct a symposium that will clarify a vision of SoBP, will propose relevant evidence gathering and analytical approaches, will engage questions of intervention and implementation, and will provide a framework for evaluating relevant processes and outcomes. The SoBP will inform approaches for motivating students to pursue STEM training and education and for removing barriers and improving access to quality education and to occupational opportunity and mobility.

Paul Posner won an award from the Hewlett Foundation to conduct a project that aims to improve federal budget process through the following activities: (i) builds an intellectual framework for federal budget process reform; (ii) solicit, assemble and organize a new body of budget reform ideas; (iii) stimulate new academic inquiry into the federal budget process, options for budget process reform, and political strategies for the adoption and implementation of reforms, (iv) encourage fresh thinking about the federal budget process and practical strategies for its reform; and (v) package expert and academic analyses of the federal budget process and options for reform to make these useful to the project roundtable and to leaders interested in improving the process.

Priscilla Regan is a co-investigator on a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), entitled eQuality, for research to create new knowledge about commercial data practices and their impact on youth. She is working with colleagues from the University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, and University of Western Ontario.

Roger Stough will be advising Qingdao Agricultural University on its degree program in Cooperatives and organizing an International Congress on this topic from October 16-30. He will be advising and assisting creation of a science and innovation park in Zhuhai and in Zhaoqing, China. Dr. Stough will lecture “Leadership in Regional Economic Development” for senior Chinese Political Leaders at Tsinghua University, November 3, 2015.

Trevor Thrall was named a Senior Fellow at Cato Institute as of September 1.

Jennifer Victor has been appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Responsive Politics (

Janine Wedel was awarded a Fulbright fellowship for Ukraine for this academic year. Her project centers on how Ukrainians are negotiating national identity amid war and upheaval. She’ll also be based at the Hertie School in Berlin, where she’ll be continuing her research on21st Century Influence Elites and the New Corruption. Dr. Wedel will be mostly in Ukraine, but will be spending some months in Berlin and splitting her time between the two places continuing into summer 2016.

August 2015

Zoltan Acs won a grant from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (prime: University of Baltimore) on a project entitled: Boomer Entrepreneurs: Heterogeneities, Driving Factors and Economic Impacts.

Katrin Anacker was awarded the Boston College/ Center for Retirement Research/Steven H. Sandell Grant for “What Are the Effects of Doubling up on Retirement Income and Assets?”

Terry Lee Clower won a grant from the Federal City Council for the Union Station Regional Economic Impact Study.

David Hart won a grant from the National Science Foundation for a workshop on the making the Science of Science and Innovation Policy more useful to users.

Naoru Koizumi won two Mason Provost multidisciplinary initiative grants: “Impacts of the 2011 MIPPA Bundled Payment System on ESRD Care Provision: A Patient Outcome Comparison between Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Modalities;” and “Assessing Mobile Health Technologies for Medication Compliance and Nutrition Tracking for Possible Use by Kidney Transplant Candidates.”

Todd LaPorte was appointed visiting professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Fall 2015, in their Institute of Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS) program.

Siona Listokin won a grant from Google, Inc. for a study on industry self-regulation of data privacy.

Robert McGrath won a best paper award from APSA’s State Politics and Policy section for “Experts, Amateurs, and Bureaucratic Influence in the American States.”

Priscilla Regan and Eric McGlinchey won a grant from the U.S. State Department for university public policy research in Georgia.

Edward Rhodes was appointed by the State Department to one of its Foreign Service Officer Promotion Boards, reviewing officers for possible promotion to Counselor rank; and he served as a visiting professor at Akita International University in Japan.

Sita Slavov was appointed as a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in May.

Bonnie Stabile won a Mason Provost multidisciplinary initiative grant for “A Multidisciplinary Approach to Mitigating Campus Sexual Assault.”

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