Jeremy Mayer

Photo of Jeremy Mayer
Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Phone: 703-993-8223
Fax: 703-993-8215
Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, Room 654
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1


Jeremy Mayer is an associate professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where he teaches courses in American foreign policy, media politics and policies, national policy systems, introduction to public policy, and statistics.

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, coauthor), coeditor of Media Power, Media Politics, 2nd ed. (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008), Deconstructing Reagan: A Critical Analysis of Conservative Mythology (2006, coauthor), and American Media Politics in Transition (McGraw Hill, 2006). He has written articles on diverse topics such as public opinion toward 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 2001-03, Mayer served as a visiting assistant professor at Georgetown University, from which he received his PhD in 1996. He taught previously at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where he won a campus-wide teaching award. Mayer is a recipient of the Rowman & Littlefield Award in Innovative Teaching from the American Political Science Association, the only national teaching award in political science. He also has studied politics at Oxford, Michigan, and Brown.

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 and programs, including World News Tonight, BBC, PBS’s Newshour, NPR, CNBC, and local affiliates, as well as many national newspapers. Mayer has been a keynote speaker and conference participant at gatherings in Lisbon, Tokyo, Athens, and other world cities.

View CV

Areas of Research

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