Frank T. Manheim joined George Mason University’s School of Public Policy (now the Schar School of Policy and Government) in 2003 after retiring from the U.S. Geological Survey. At USGS his areas of expertise included marine geochemistry, scientific drilling expeditions, offshore mineral resources, coastal hydrology, and environmental studies of estuarine and coastal sediments and waters. He participated in interagency panels and helped initiate cooperative research projects spanning industry, universities and NSF, EPA and international organizations.
His first major project at Mason was the origin of the conflict between environmentalists and industry in the United States. A book in 2009 revealed that the impasse had roots in a national environmental crisis in 1969 and was unique among advanced nations. Subsequent research suggests that many national problems including political polarization, income inequality (sometimes referred to as a New Gilded Age), and problems with the U.S.’s scientific research and higher education system all have poorly understood historical roots.
Historical analysis of Donald Trump’s background led to an SSRN working paper in 2015 that was the first published analysis to predict that the controversial mogul would probably win the Republican nomination for the 2016 election. At the time, this possibility was rejected by virtually the entire U.S. news media. A monograph on the significance of the Trump campaign is in preparation.
Areas of Research
- U.S. Environmental and Natural Resource (including energy) Policy
- Comparative Study of U.S. & European Science and Educational Policy
- History of U.S. Federal Science & Technology Agencies: Appointment Policies and Effectiveness
- Renewable Energy Development
- African American Educational History
- Environmental Policy
- Energy Policy