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Jean-Pierre Auffret

Director of the MS in Technology Management and MS in Management of Secure Information Systems

Expertise: Technology and technology management, development and application of emerging technologies, cybersecurity

Auffret is director of the executive degree programs in the George Mason School of Business including the MS in Technology Management, which is one of seven partners in the U.S. government's CIO University; the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems, which is jointly offered by Mason's School of Business, Volgenau School of Engineering and School of Public Policy; and the Executive MBA.

He is a co-founder of the International Academy of CIO and serves as an advisory board member of the Waseda eGovernance Research Center. Auffret's academic experience includes teaching at the Duke University's Duke Center for International Development, American University's Department of Physics, American University’s Kogod School of Business, and the University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Auffret has served on several recent Commonwealth of Virginia commissions and committees including the Commonwealth of Virginia Health Information Technology Advisory Commission (HITAC) and the Electronic Medical Records Advisory Committee of the Virginia General Assembly’s Joint Commission on Technology and Science (JCOTS).

He has 30 years of technology industry and academic experience including management and executive positions with MCI and its joint venture with British Telecom, Concert.

Auffret earned a BS from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Virginia and a PhD in physics from American University. He is currently working on a book titled “4G and Mobile Apps: Technology, Policy, Opportunity and Innovation.”

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

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Stephen Christophe

Professor of Finance

Expertise: Corporate Finance, Investments

Stephen E. Christophe is a professor of finance at the School of Management.

Christophe’s research focuses on the valuation of multinational corporations and the investment activities of short sellers. His publications have appeared in many leading academic journals including the Journal of Business, Journal of Finance, Journal of Investing, Journal of Portfolio Management, and the Financial Analysts Journal.

Christophe received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, MBA from The College of William and Mary, and a BA from Colby College.

Before obtaining his PhD, Christophe worked as a corporate development analyst for FPL Group, a financial economist for the National Soft Drink Association, and a public utility consultant.

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Joe Costanzo

Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Immigration Research

Expertise: Immigration, migration, Integration policy and indicators, Estimating immigrant status (and the foreign born), Overseas Americans, Immigrants and ethnic minorities in Europe (Belgium), Community, Urban studies

Currently, Costanzo is developing his research agenda into the recruitment and retention of immigrant talent into the United States. He is also researching the understudied population of Americans living overseas as well as exploring the role of socio-cultural events in immigrant integration. Previously, Costanzo served for more than ten years as a social scientist and policy analyst in immigration for the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security.

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Catherine Cramton

Associate Professor of Management

Expertise: Cross-cultural collaboration, impact of technology on teamwork.

Cramton teaches in the areas of organizational behavior, team dynamics, teamwork and technology, and interpersonal relations. She has received national recognition for her educational innovation, which has opened the frontiers of international, technology-enabled teamwork to her students. She is the creator of the Virtual Organization Workshop, which brings graduate business classes at George Mason University together with graduate business classes at other universities around the world for a six-week international technology-enabled project collaboration.

Her current research focuses on contemporary issues of leadership and collaboration, particularly as experienced in the information technology and professional services industries. She studies distributed work, cross-cultural collaboration, project team leadership, and the impact of technology on collaboration.

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Matthew Cronin

Associate Professor of Management

Expertise: Increasing creativity through collaboration, Insight in problem solving, Negotiation and integrative bargaining, Decision making

Cronin is an associate professor of management at George Mason University. He received his PhD in organizational behavior from Carnegie Mellon University.

Cronin's research seeks to understand how collaboration can help produce creative ideas, and what it takes to then bring these ideas to fruition. Innovation begins with a creative idea or notion, and so one stream of Cronin's research focuses on the generation of creative ideas, especially how people come to discover useful interactions. Once produced, creative ideas require instantiation in the task environment. Thus the second stream of Cronin's research explores the process by which innovative ideas are accepted and implemented by others.

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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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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.

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David Hart

Professor of Public Policy

Expertise: Immigration policy, immigration and the work force, Immigration and entrepreneurship and innovation

Hart teaches courses on U.S. immigration policy and international migration and public policy. His research on immigration, innovation, and entrepreneurship has been published in a number of scholarly journals and was the focus of a 2011 forum at the Brookings Institution. He is currently at work on a book on U.S. immigration policy and global talent flows.

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Christopher Joiner

Associate Professor of Marketing

Expertise: Consumer Psychology, Information Processing

Joiner is an associate professor of marketing in the School of Management. Prior to joining the faculty at George Mason University in 2002, he was on the faculty at Kansas State University and Elon University. Joiner has a PhD in marketing from the University of Minnesota, an MBA from Wake Forest University, and a BA in psychology from Duke University.

Joiner's research interests focus on consumer psychology and information processing. His research has explored consumers' attitudes and the role categories of knowledge play in information processing, particularly in the context of branding. His research can be found in journals such as the Journal of Marketing, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Academic Marketing Science, Journal of Current Issues and Research in Advertising, and Advances in Consumer Research as well as the Handbook of Consumer Psychology.

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Mahesh Joshi

Associate Professor of Management

Expertise: Corporate entrepreneurship, Spread of new technology, and Strategy formation and implementation

Joshi's research interests include spread of new technology and its relationship to strategic change in an organization as well as links between new technologies and the phenomenon of corporate entrepreneurship. In the past, he has focused on manufacturing firms but his recent focus has been on technology service organizations (TSOs). Additionally, he has researched in the area of business continuity planning, corporate governance, global strategy, and deregulation of telecom firms.

Prior to joining Mason in 2002, Joshi was an associate professor at the Haub School of Business at St. Joseph's University. He received his PhD in strategic management and international management from Temple University. He holds a BS in mathematics and operations research from Bombay University (Mumbai, India).

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