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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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Robin Couch

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Expertise: Therapeutics for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

Robin Couch is a research scientist who is investigating the development of new therapeutics for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Couch is currently evaluating the effectiveness of neuroprotection, which involves the use of neurotrophins, or molecules naturally produced by resident cells in the brain, to defend the brain cells from death. This includes nerve growth factor which is a specific neurotrophin that binds to brain cells and promotes their survival. His other research interests include isoprene biosynthesis, personalized medicine and anti-cholesterol therapeutics.

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

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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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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.

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

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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.

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

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Shanshan Cui

Assistant Professor of Graphic Information Design

Expertise: Human-computer interface design, website design, online branding

Shanshan Cui is an assistant professor of Graphic Information Design in the Department of Art and Visual Technology in the College of Visual and Performing Arts and was trained in the Chinese tradition of arts and design education.

Cui can discuss graphic information design and human-computer interface design and usability. Her first design for a client, the website of the College of Design at Iowa State University, won a silver award from AIGA in 1997. Some of the clients with which she works include high tech startups, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, as well as established corporations. In her design, Shanshan emphasizes the integration of the functionality, usability as well as aesthetics.

In addition to being a designer and teacher, Shanshan is also an active artist and has shown her paintings in galleries in Boston, Connecticut, Minnesota, Iowa, as well as China.

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Paul D'Andrea

Robinson Professor of Theater and English

Expertise: Renaissance time period, English and American literature, playwriting, screenwriting

D'Andrea is a Robinson Professor of Theater and English who helped found the Theater of the First Amendment, the professional theater company at George Mason University.

D'Andrea is a Shakespearean scholar and playwright who began his career as a physics major at Harvard. He can discuss topics such as Renaissance art, philosophy and literature, views of gender from Aristophanes through "Much Ado about Nothing" to "Sex and the City," the moral vision of contemporary drama and Shakespeare.

His prize-winning plays include "The Trouble with Europe," "A Full Length Portrait of America" and "The Wonderful One-Hoss Shay" are widely produced. His adaptation of "Nathan the Wise" was broadcast by PBS television in 2002 and produced in Rome in 2003. He has written screenplays and is interested in linking the humanities and the arts through contemporary media.

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Reeshad Dalal

Associate Professor of Industrial and Organizational Psychology

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Expertise: Deviant Behavior, Workplace Homicide/Suicide, (In)Justice/(Un)Fairness, Antisocial Behavior, Sexual Harassment, Employee Engagement, Job Satisfaction, Decision-making, Advice-taking and Advice-Giving

Reeshad S. Dalal received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2003. His research interests are in the areas of employee performance (primarily citizenship behavior and counterproductive/deviant behavior), decision-making (primarily decision-making competence/skill and the giving and taking of advice), job attitudes (primarily job satisfaction, employee engagement, and employee moods/emotions) and the nature of the work situation.

He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Academy of Management Journal, the Journal of Applied Psychology, and the Journal of Business and Psychology. In addition to his academic work, he has consulted on applied projects related to job attitudes, work experiences, program evaluation, content validity, standard-setting, decision-making, and forecasting.

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

John Dale

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology and affiliate faculty member of the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Expertise: Burma, Myanmar, transnational political movements, transnational legal conflict, use of the U.S. Federal Alien Tort Claims Act in cases involving human rights abuses by corporations

Dale has studied Burmese politics and the evolution of pro-democracy and Free Burma movement for over twelve years. He has published books, book chapters and peer-reviewed research articles on the Burmese State’s human rights abuses and the successful strategies of the Free Burma Movement to challenge the rule of the Burmese military.

His work on Burma and/or the U.S. Alien Tort Claims Act has been published by Cambridge University Press; Oxford University Press; The Johns Hopkins University Press; the International Journal of Contemporary Sociology; the Journal of International Affairs; Law, Social Justice, and Global Development; and The Encyclopedia of Modern Slavery.

Dale is the author of the upcoming book, "Transnational Legal Action: Global Business, Human Rights, and the Free Burma Movement" (University of Minnesota Press). His research interests include human rights, political sociology, global conflict analysis, and the politics of globalization.

He has served as an expert source on protest in Burma (Myanmar) to articles in the International Herald Tribune, New York Times, Financial Times, Toronto Star, and regularly for the Associated Press, and has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal and numerous local and nationally syndicated radio talk show interviews in the United States and Canada. He also has served as an expert witness in Burmese immigrant asylum/deportation cases.

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

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Margaret Daniels

Associate Professor of Tourism and Events Management

Expertise: Tourism planning and policy, Events planning, implementation and evaluation, Sports Tourism, Economic impact analysis

 Daniels has conducted extensive fieldwork in the areas of tourism planning and policy, supply resource promotion and event management as pertaining to local economic development. She partners with agencies in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area to assist them with event and tourism implementation and evaluation.

Daniels is a prolific researcher and has a combination of over fifty published papers, book chapters, professional presentations and technical reports to her credit. She has spearheaded research in the niche event area of wedding consulting and has a newly released book entitled Wedding Planning and Management: Consultancy for Diverse Clients written with Carrie Loveless and published by Elsevier.

Daniels is currently working on a series of collaborative studies with the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum. She is also conducting research with the National Park Service on the National Mall and Memorial Parks Management Plan.