How do culture and values influence approaches to the public good? The actions of governments at all levels can ensure or detract from the material well-being of individuals. Schar School faculty research key topics – such as housing policy, regional development, transportation, and social welfare – that influence how societies respond to the growing global challenges of social, political, economic, and demographic change. Social policy is concerned with how governments at all levels set priorities, and along with that, the roles that power, inequality, and economic systems play in the design of public policies.
Areas of research include:
- Poverty alleviation
- The design of welfare programs
- Access to housing and education
- Race, class, & gender
- Religion and politics
- Tax and welfare policies
- Urban and housing policy
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Assistant ProfessorChristopher D. Berk is an Assistant Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His research and teaching interests span the law, politics, and philosophy of punishment, with a particular concern for the relationship between democratic politics and penal law.
Assistant ProfessorAssistant Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on International Relations Theory; Politics, Government and Society of the Middle East; Israeli-Palestinian Politics; and Islam and Politics.
Associate Professor of Policy and GovernmentAreas of Research: Comparative Politics, Diversity, Europe, Immigration Policy, International Migration, Islam, Middle East, Minority Politics, Muslim Politics, Qualitative Methods, Race and Ethnicity, United States
Professor; Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership PolicyAreas of Research: Civil Engineering, Development and Delivery, Federalism/State and Local Government, Fiscal Policy and Budgeting, Infrastructure Finance, Public-private Partnerships, Regional Development, Transportation Policy, Urban Policy
Associate ProfessorAreas of Research: Federalism/State and Local Government, Microeconomics, Political Economy, Quantitative Methods, Regulatory Policy, Private Regulation, Corporate Governance, Public Finance
Associate Professor, Director of Political Science Doctoral and Master's ProgramsAreas of Research: Comparative Politics, Europe, Federalism/State and Local Government, Qualitative Methods, Social Welfare Policy, Comparative Welfare States, European Union, Governance
Associate Professor, Director of Undergraduate ProgramsAreas of Research: Federalism/State and Local Government, Health Policy, Legislatures, Presidency and Executive Branch, Quantitative Methods