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Bryan Caplan

Associate Professor of Economics

Expertise: voter irrationality

Caplan is author of “The Myth of the Rational Voter: Why Democracies Choose Bad Policies” and an adjunct scholar of the Cato Institute. Caplan's articles have appeared in the American Economic Review, the Economic Journal, the Journal of Law and Economics, Social Science Quarterly and numerous other outlets.

Media Contact: Buzz McClain, (703) 993-8782,

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Tyler Cowen

Director, Center for Study of Public Choice; Professor of Economics

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Expertise: Monetary theory, financial economics, welfare economics

Tyler Cowen is a 1983 alum of George Mason University who went on to to earn his PhD in economics from Harvard Universit and returned as a professor of economics to George Mason. He was ranked #72 among the "Top 100 Global Thinkers" in 2011 by Foreign Policy Magazine. He has edited the volume Public Goods and Market Failures, and has written Explorations in the New Monetary Economics with Randall Kroszner. He also authored Markets and Cultural Voicesand others including In Praise of Commercial Culture, What Price Fame? and Creative Destruction. His New York Times column is the "Economic Scene." Professor Cowen also has written for publications such as The New Republic, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes and Newsweek. He publishes daily at the The MarginalRevolution blog and created an ethnic dining guide for Washington, D.C.




Media Contact: Buzz McClain, (703) 993-8782,

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Stephen Fuller

Director, Center for Regional Analysis; Dwight Schar Faculty Chair

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Expertise: Economic and Fiscal Impact Analyses, Economic Development in Developing Countries, Employment, Forecasting Population, Housing Policy, Income, Labor, Real estate development, Regional Analysis, Economic Development

Stephen Fuller joined the faculty at George Mason University in 1994 as Professor of Public Policy and Regional Development.  He served as Director of the Ph.D. Program in Public Policy from July 1998 to June 2000 and from July 2001 to July 2002. He also serves as Director of the Center for Regional Analysis. In September 2001, the GMU Board of Visitors appointed him University Professor and in July 2002 he was named to the Dwight Schar Faculty Chair.

Prior to joining the Mason faculty, he served on the faculty at George Washington University for twenty-five years, including nine as Chairman of the Department of Urban Planning and Real Estate Development and one as Director of Doctoral Programs for the School of Business and Public Management.

Fuller has authored more than 500 articles, papers, and reports in the field of urban and regional economic development including monthly reports on the Washington metropolitan area and Fairfax County economies.

His research focuses on the changing structure of metropolitan area economies and measuring their current and near-term performance. In 1990 he developed a monthly series of indicators to track the current and near-term performance of the Washington area economy. He also developed leading and coincident indices for Fairfax County in 1997. These monthly reports are available on the Center for Regional Analysis website. His research includes studies on the impacts of federal spending, the hospitality industry, international business and the building industry on the Washington area economy. His international assignments include Kazakhstan, Georgia, Hungary and China as well as on-going projects in Portugal.

In August 2006, Governor Kaine appointed Professor Fuller to the Governor’s Advisory Board of Economists.  He had previously served on this Board under Governors Warner, Allen and Wilder. In 2003, he was a member of Governor Warner’s Tax Reform Working Group. He also is a member of the CFO Advisory Group of the District of Columbia.  Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors of the Global Environment and Technology Foundation and Tompkins Builders Inc. He has been economic advisor to Fairfax County, VA since 1995 and has been appointed by the Board of Supervisors to serve on the Board of Directors of the Fairfax County Convention and Visitors Authority. In 2007, he was appointed by Cardinal Bank as its Chief Economist.

In 1996, he was honored by the Economic Club of Washington as Educator of the Year and in 1997 was selected for the Richard T. Ely Distinguished Educator Award by Lambda Alpha International, an honorary society of land economists. He served as President of the Washington Chapter of Lambda Alpha from 1998 to 2000 and is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Washington District Council. In 2001, he was selected by NAIOP as a Distinguished Fellow, an appointment that extends through 2007.

Media Contact: Buzz McClain, (703) 993-8782,

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Gerald Hanweck

Professor of Finance

Expertise: Financial institutions, markets performance, Financial markets and their relation to public policy, Economic stabilization, monetary policy

Hanweck is professor of finance and chair of the finance area in the School of Management at George Mason University. He was a Visiting Scholar in the Division of Insurance and Research of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation from 2000-07. He joined the faculty at George Mason in 1986, and teaches courses in corporate finance, applied global macroeconomics, financial institutions, and financial markets at the undergraduate and MBA levels.

At the FDIC he concentrated on the use of financial market information in bank risk management strategies, for use in establishing federal deposit insurance pricing, improvements in identification of banks in financial distress, and the subprime mortgage crisis implications for bank financial soundness. In this latter regard, scenario analyses have been developed relating macroeconomic and financial market factors to banking performance measures to better predict the effects of regional and macroeconomic cycles on banking company risk taking and vulnerability and mortgage portfolio stability. He has served as consultant to government agencies, banks and business and as an expert witness in litigation involving financial institutions and government agencies and is often cited in financial media articles.

Hanweck’s research interests include financial institutions and markets performance, public policy regarding these institutions and the structure of their markets, economic stabilization and monetary policy as they influence financial institutions and markets performance, and economies of scale and scope and mergers in the financial service industries.

Media Contact: Buzz McClain, (703) 993-8782,

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Linda J. Seligmann

Professor of Anthropology

Expertise: Adoption (International and Transracial), Andean Region of Latin America, Agrarian Issues, Shining Path Movement, Informal Economies, Quechua People

Seligmann is the author of the forthcoming book “Broken Links, Enduring Ties: American Adoption across Race, Class, and Nation” (Stanford University Press July 2013). She has done first-hand research and extensive interviews on families who have adopted children from China and Russia, and who have adopted African American children transracially. She can discuss the changing faces of American families, which constitutes a particular kind of immigration. In addition, she can also discuss women and work, specifically the participation of women in the informal economy.

Seligmann has worked in the Andean region of Latin America for more than twenty years.  She specializes in agrarian issues, Quechua culture and the dynamics of the informal economy. 

She received her PhD from the University of Illinois-Urbana in 1987.  She was associate director of the Center for Latin American and Iberian Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a faculty fellow in the Program in Agrarian Studies at Yale University before coming to George Mason. 

Seligmann is fluent in Spanish and Quechua. 

She has published political analyses in local and national newspapers and journals, including The Washington Post and the Latin American Studies Association Forum. 

Media Contact: Michele McDonald, 703-993-8781,