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John Farina

Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department

Expertise: politics, law, public affairs

As an attorney, Farina has practiced corporate and church-state law and published articles on current topics on law and religion. He is the author of "Beauty for Ashes: Spiritual Reflections on the Attack on America" and "Great Spiritual Masters: Their Answers to Six of Life's Questions." He is currently writing "The Intelligible Sphere: Theory of Religion in Civil Society."

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Michael Fauntroy

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Expertise: Republicans and the black vote, race and public policy

Fauntroy is the author of the recently released book “Republicans and the Black Vote.” He teaches courses in urban policy and American government and specializes in race and American politics. Prior to joining the faculty at Mason, he was an analyst in American national government at the Congressional Research Service, where he provided research and consultations for members and committees of Congress. He was also a civil rights analyst at the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, where he conducted research on major civil rights issues.

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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.

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Jennifer Leeman

Associate Professor of Modern and Classical Languages

Expertise: Spanish in the U.S.; Census racial classification; Latino/Hispanic identity; multilingualism; langua, second language and heritage language instruction

Leeman can discuss the impact of immigration on language use, attitudes and policies, including multilingualism, language access (government services in multiple languages), official languages, linguistic discrimination, and language education for minority language speakers. In addition, she can talk about Latino racial identity and Census racial classification, as well as about attitudes towards Spanish. She served as Research Sociolinguist at the U.S. Census Bureau from 2011-2013.

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Jeremy Mayer

Associate Professor, School of Public Policy and Director, Masters of Public Policy Program

Expertise: media, foreign policy, public opinion

Mayer published a groundbreaking study, “Racial Politics in Presidential Campaigns 1960-2000,” as well as articles and chapters on presidents and elections. Mayer has extensive media experience, appearing on national and international programs including “World News Tonight,” “The Newshour,” “Headline News” and CNBC. He has also given multiple lectures on behalf of the U.S. government on American politics in countries around the globe including Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands and Portugal.

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James Pfiffner

Professor in the School of Public Policy

Expertise: The U.S. presidency, American national government, public management

In addition to lecturing at the State, Justice and Defense Departments, Pfiffner has lectured at universities throughout the United States and Europe. He has written or edited 10 books on the presidency and American government and served in the director’s office of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. Pfiffner is a decorated war veteran and has been listed in “Who’s Who in America” in 2000.

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Mark Rozell

Professor of Public Policy

Expertise: Virginia politics, Christian right politics

Rozell is the author of nine books and editor of 16 books on various aspects of American government. He has testified before Congress on several occasions on executive privilege issues and has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad.

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Louise Shelley

Professor of Public Policy

Expertise: Human smuggling and trafficking; immigration as it relates to homeland security

Shelley is the author of “Human Trafficking: A Global Perspective” (Cambridge University Press 2010), one of the bestselling books on Amazon on human trafficking. She is the founder and director of the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University. She is a leading expert on transnational crime and terrorism with a particular focus on countries that formerly comprised the Soviet Union.

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Solon Simmons

Associate Professor, School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Expertise: Presidential and congressional elections, class and culture politics, third-party candidates, political views of college professors

Simmons has published widely regarding American elections, the role of outsider presidential candidates and the role of class and culture in politics. His academic interests include the discussion of values and political narratives in the television era as well as examination of the fault lines in American politics over the past half-century. He has also conducted a study of political views and political correctness of faculty members in U.S. colleges and universities. His research has been widely covered in national media including The New York Times, The Washington Post, "The Today Show", NPR and "Meet the Press."

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Toni-Michelle Travis

Associate Professor of Government and Politics

Expertise: politics

Travis is the author of the annual "The Almanac of Virginia Politics. As a former Fellow at Oxford University's Rothermere American Institute, she conducted research on "The Evolving Color Line" which explores how the old black/white racial division has been changed by the arrival of non-European immigrants who are called "people of color." She also co-authored "The Meaning of Difference," which examines race, gender, social class, sexual orientation and disability. Travis has served as a political analyst on Virginia and national politics on BBC World Service, C-SPAN, CNN, Fox Morning News and the Washington, D.C. affiliates of NBC, CBS and ABC.

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