International Affairs & Security Studies

In a globalized and interconnected world, understanding the intersection of domestic politics and international affairs is critical. With expertise drawn from government, international organizations, and the private sector, Schar School faculty analyze current affairs and topics such as security and terrorism, economic globalization, international political economy, and humanitarian intervention.

Interested in interviewing one of our experts? Contact Communications Manager Buzz McClain at or 703-993-9603.

  • Photo of Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Arms Control and Nonproliferation, Biodefense, Ethics and Weapons Development, Former Soviet States, Health and Security, Illicit Trade, International Security, Knowledge Management, Qualitative Methods, Science and Technology Studies, Weapons of Mass Destruction
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    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Comparative Politics, Conflict Studies, Democratization, Gender, Latin America, Historical Memory, Human Rights, Qualitative Methods, State-Society Relations, Transitional Justice
  • Photo of Ahsan I. Butt

    Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate Programs

    Areas of Research: Ethnicity and Nationalism, International Relations, International Relations Theory, International Security, and South Asia
  • Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera wearing a beige blazer and smiling.


    Areas of Research: Mexico-U.S. Relations, Latin American Politics, Organized Crime, Immigration, Border Security, Human Trafficking, Latin America, Comparative Politics, Gender, International Migration, International Security, Qualitative Methods, Democratization, Energy Policy, Security Policy
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    Professor of Public Policy and Ad personam Jean Monnet Professor

    Areas of Research: European Union Governance and Institutions, Global Governance
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    Areas of Research: Foreign Policy, International Relations, International Security, U.S. Politics and Institutions
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    Professor of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Comparative Politics, Diversity, Europe, Immigration Policy, International Migration, Islam, Middle East, Minority Politics, Muslim Politics, Qualitative Methods, Race and Ethnicity, United States
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    Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr., Professor; Director, Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions, and Policy (SCIP)

    Jack A. Goldstone is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Chair Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Mercatus Center, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Director of Schar’s Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions and Policy (SCIP).
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    Associate Professor

    Bassam Haddad is an associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
  • Photo of Michael V. Hayden

    Distinguished Visiting Professor; Founder, Michael V. Hayden Center for Intelligence, Policy, and International Security

    General Michael Hayden is a retired four-star general who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency and the National Security Agency when the course of world events was changing at a rapid rate.