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Jeremy Mayer

Associate Professor
Jeremy Mayer



3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201

Fax: 703-993-8215



Jeremy Mayer is an Associate Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His books include Running on Race: Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000 (Random House 2002), which Washington Monthly named as one of the best political books of the year, Closed Minds? Politics and Ideology in American Universities (Brookings, 2008) (coauthored), co-editor of Media Power, Media Politics, 2nd ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), Deconstructing Reagan: A Critical Analysis of Conservative Mythology (2006) (coauthored), and American Media Politics in Transition (McGraw Hill 2006). He has written articles on diverse topics such as public opinion towards torture, presidential image management, Christian right politics, federalism and gay rights, and comparative political socialization, in journals such as Presidential Studies Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, and The Historian.

From 2001-2003 Professor Mayer served as a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University, from which he received his Ph.D. in 1996. He taught previously at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he won a campus-wide teaching award. Professor Mayer is a recipient of the Rowman & Littlefield Award in Innovative Teaching for the American Political Science Association, the only national teaching award in political science. He also has studied politics at Oxford, Michigan, and Brown.

Professor Mayer speaks regularly to State Department groups from all over the world, and has spoken on behalf of the State Department in Moldova, Germany and Mexico. From 2002 to 2013, he trained diplomats for the Foreign Service Institute, in a course he co-taught and co-designed. He has offered political commentary to major networks, including the World News Tonight, BBC, PBS’s Newshour, NPR, CNBC, and local affiliates, as well as many national newspapers. Professor Mayer has been a keynote speaker and conference participant at gatherings in Lisbon, Tokyo, Athens, and other world cities.

At the Schar School, Professor Mayer teaches courses in American foreign policy, media politics and policies, national policy systems, introduction to public policy, and statistics.

Areas of Research

  • American Government and Politics
  • Elections
  • Foreign Policy
  • Media Politics
  • Public Opinion
  • Racial Politics
  • Statistical Methods
  • U.S. Foreign Policy