Schar School PhD graduate Nazia Hussain has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the United Nations University-Centre for Policy Research in Tokyo. Hussain will conduct research on organized crime and violent extremism for the UN’s conflict management efforts. Learn more.
Schar School undergraduate students showed off their impressive work from the year. Eight students enrolled in our honors seminar presentes their research papers in 30 minute presentations. Forty students who participated in the Undergraduate Research Assistants Program (URAP) presented research posters on the projects they’ve been working on with their mentors this term. View photos.
An effervescent 67 year-old on her first day of class, Gail Johnson had already excelled in several fields before starting this degree – her third – including considerable stints in the Navy, the nonprofit arena, education, business, and motherhood. Ever curious, and realizing she had a slim window to reap some educational benefits from her late husband’s military service, the degree title spoke to her on a deep level. Now she wants to go where the action is. Learn more.
The 2016 class of finalists for the Presidential Management Fellows programs was recently announced, and sixteen George Mason University students and recent alumni have been named as finalists. Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government accounted for half with eight finalists. Learn more.
Rachel Moynihan wakes up every day and goes to her dream job. She is an Advocacy and Communications Specialist at the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), where her efforts contribute to the empowerment and improved health of women and young people around the world. “I feel so grateful to do what I love,” she says. Read her story.
It was his enduring curiosity that contributed to Jean-Guy Afrika’s enrollment in the International Commerce and Policy (ICP) program at the School of Government, Policy, and International Affairs. A Rwandan with a keen attraction to the nuts and bolts of global economics, he wanted his graduate studies to concentrate on how the forces behind globalization could be applied to bring about rapid development to his country as well as to the whole of Africa. Read his full story.
Focused and undeterred, Craig Wiener is now finalizing his PhD in Biodefense with specializations in National Security Technology Policy, International Security, and Counter-proliferation. He has two credits left and is halfway through his dissertation with the hope of finishing up in April. In the meantime, he holds a position at the Department of Energy and is also working as a graduate teaching assistant and lecturer for security and intelligence matters for General Michael Hayden, an SPGIA Distinguished Visiting Professor and retired U.S. Air Force four-star general for the last four years. Read his full story.
Biodefense alumna Kathleen Danskin’s work at GAP Solutions, Inc., is helping to get disaster-stricken communities back up on their feet. Her role – supporting the Science Preparedness program for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – serves the health needs of people recovering from ruin. Read the full story.
For the second year in a row, Graduateprograms.com has ranked Mason’s Public Policy and International Relations programs as #1 in the DC area! Our Public Policy program ranks 11th nationally and International Relations ranks 8th nationally. Read the full story.
Arnaud Kurze’s road to his PhD started at the University of Hagen in Germany. He was working on his master’s and was intent on finding the perfect doctorate program. An advisor suggested he look into George Mason University’s then-brand new Political Science program, and he was instantly hooked. “The Political Science PhD program at George Mason was up-and-coming and vibrant,” says Arnaud. “It also had a great faculty-student ratio, which was really key for me intellectually and academically.” Read the full story.
Katie Garay, a government and international politics major, is wrapping up a prestigious 10-week internship at the U.S. Embassy in Panama. She’s putting her Spanish language skills to use each day and does much of the work of a full-time Foreign Service officer. She calls it ‘pinch-me-I’m-dreaming’ sort of experience. Read the full story.
Alison Germak was already working in the communications department at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) when she decided to pursue a master’s from George Mason University’s School of Government, Policy, and International Affairs to change the trajectory of her career. Read the full story.
Brian Mazanec’s résumé reads like something out of a Tom Clancy or Ian Fleming thriller. He is an Assistant Director for the Defense Capabilities and Management team at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) where he leads a portfolio of small teams that review various issues, largely at the request of Congress. Read the full story.
If you live in Fairfax County, chances are you’ve benefited from James Patteson’s hard work without even knowing it. The 2001 Master of Public Administration (MPA) graduate is the director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, which is responsible for Fairfax’s public infrastructure. Read the full story.
For a self-proclaimed “small-town graduate from Missouri”, Connor Gary’s life has been anything but insular. A current student in the Peace Operations master’s program at George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs, his résumé is stocked with overseas travels and remarkable appointments, including stints in the corporate world, radio, and Peace Corps. Read the full story.