U.S. Politics & Legal Studies

Our faculty explore the values that underpin institutional and policy choices, including the ethical and accountability aspects of policy-making. They are experts in policy-making institutions such as Congress, the Presidency, executive branch agencies, and state and local governments as well as the theories and processes of public policy, including agenda building, the media, instruments of implementation, regulation, interest group activity, intergovernmental relations, budgeting, and tax policy.

Interested in interviewing one of our experts? Contact Communications Manager Buzz McClain at bmcclai2@gmu.edu or 703-993-9603.

  • Photo of Christopher D. Berk

    Assistant Professor

    Areas of Research: Politics of punishment, Penal law, Law & society, Democratic theory
  • Photo of James N. Burroughs

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Public Management, Public Administration Ethics, Administrative Law, Judicial Process, and Organization Theory
  • Photo of Robert L. Deitz

    Professor of Public Policy

    Robert L. Deitz was Senior Councillor to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2006 until February 2009. From September 1998 to September 2006 he was the General Counsel at the National Security Agency where he represented the NSA in all legal matters.
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    Professor Emeritus, Schar School of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Judicial Behavior, American elections
  • Photo of Michael K. Fauntroy

    Associate Professor
    Founding Director, Race, Politics, and Poilcy Center

    Areas of Research: African American Political Behavior, Political Parties, Social Policy, The Presidency, U.S. Politics & Legal Studies, Voting Rights Policy
  • Photo of Justin Gest by Ron Aira

    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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    Areas of Research: Energy Policy, Innovation Policy, Manufacturing Policy, Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Politics
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    Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Public Administration, Science and Technology Policy, Climate Change Adaptation, Energy and Climate Policy
  • Photo of Stuart Malawer

    Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Foreign Policy, International Trade Law, National Security Law, Public Law, Security Policy, State Economic Development, Trade Policy, World Trade Organization
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    Associate Professor; Director, Political Science Doctoral and Master's Programs

    Areas of Research: American Government and Politics, Elections, Foreign Policy, Media Politics, Public Opinion, Racial Politics, Statistical Methods, U.S. Foreign Policy