Jonathan L. Gifford is a Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, and the director of the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy.
Professor Gifford’s primary area of expertise is transportation and public policy, with a particular focus on transportation and infrastructure finance. His recent research investigates transportation finance and the role of public private partnerships.
His book Flexible Urban Transportation (Pergamon 2003) examines policies to improve the flexibility of urban transportation systems. He has also studied the role of standards in the development and adoption of technology, particularly technological cooperation across jurisdictional boundaries through coalitions and consortia. A case in point is the E-ZPass highway toll tag, now adopted by millions of households in the U.S. Mandatory standards setting processes, which are more common in Europe and Asia, have met with less successful adoption and serious implementation problems.
He has twice chaired committees of the National Academy of Sciences that reviewed the U.S. Department of Transportation standards program for intelligent transportation systems (2002-2003 and 2006-2007).
Professor Gifford teaches in the Schar School of Policy and Government’s Master’s in Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics program, established in 2000. This unique program accepts students from a wide variety of educational disciplines and professional backgrounds, and provides them with a solid knowledge of the theory, policy, law, research and practices required for effectively and efficiently supplying and managing modern transportation facilities and services. He has also taught a course on the Interstate highway system as a socio-technical system as part of the university’s Honors in General Education, which examines the history and development of the Interstate highway system, and the role it has played in the development of modern America.
He received a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and an M.S. and Ph.D. (1983) in Civil Engineering (Transportation) at the University of California, Berkeley, with doctoral minors in economics, and urban and regional planning. His dissertation examined the history and development of the Interstate highway system from its origins in the 1930s through its design and deployment in the 1960s and beyond.
- Civil Engineering
- Development and Delivery
- Federalism/State and Local Government
- Fiscal Policy and Budgeting
- Infrastructure Finance
- Public-private Partnerships (PPPs, or P3s)
- Regional Development
- Transportation Policy
- Urban Policy