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Shannon Davis

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Expertise: Families, Adolescents, Division of household labor, Gender inequality

Davis' research focuses on the creation of families and the negotiation of family life.  Specifically, she is interested in how adolescents create and maintain relationships, how family members negotiate the intersection of paid and unpaid work in their daily lives, and how gender inequality is reproduced in families.

She also looks at the construction and maintenance of beliefs about gender, or gender ideologies.

Recent research has focused on testing the predictive power of theories on divorce, the division of household labor, and perceptions of fairness of the division of household labor using cross-national samples. 

Davis received her BA in Sociology in 1997 from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her PhD in Sociology in 2004 from the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina State University.

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Kenneth De Jong

Professor of Computer Science

Expertise: Genetic algorithms, Evolutionary computation, Machine learning, Artificial intelligence, Complex adaptive systems

De Jong came to Mason in 1984. He is head of the Evolutionary Computation Laboratory and associate director of the Krasnow Institute. His research interests include genetic algorithms, evolutionary computation, machine learning, and adaptive systems. He also is interested in experience-based learning in which systems must improve their performance while actually performing the desired tasks in environments not directly in their control or the control of a benevolent teacher. Support for these projects is provided by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the Office of Naval Research, and the Naval Research Laboratory. A member of the evolutionary computation research community, De Jong has been involved in organizing many of the workshops and conferences in this area. He is the founding editor in chief of the journal Evolutionary Computation and a member of the board of the Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group for Genetic and Evolutionary Computation.

Elizabeth DeMulder

Associate Professor of Initiatives in Educational Transformation

Expertise: Early childhood development and education, Immigrant perspectives and cultural conflicts in education, teacher professional development

DeMulder is director and associate professor of Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) in the Graduate School of Education's Master's in New Professional Studies - Teaching Program. DeMulder's research concerns the study of interpersonal relationships in educational contexts and risk and protective conditions in children's development and early education. She is involved in community-based action research in South Arlington, where she developed a family-centered preschool program for low-income, immigrant families as a university/community partnership. DeMulder co-edited a book entitled Transforming Teacher Education: Lessons in Professional Development (Bergin and Garvey, 2001) and has published her research in a variety of professional journals.

Susanne Denham

Professor of Psychology

Expertise: Childhood Development, Forgiveness in Children

Author of "Emotional Development in Young Children" (Guilford, 1998), a major book in her field, Susanne Ayers Denham studies the roles of teachers, parents, and early intervention programs in preschoolers’ social and emotional development. Her research also includes new investigations on the development of forgiveness in children. Denham has been a guest scientist at the National Institute of Mental Health Developmental Psychology Laboratory, and her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (in partnership with Head Start and the Administration for Children and Families), the W. T. Grant Foundation, the John Templeton Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. She has served on numerous editorial boards and is the editor of Early Education and Development and a past coeditor of the journal Social Development. Her papers have appeared in Child Development, Developmental Psychology, Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, International Journal of Behavioral Development, Social Development, and other periodicals.


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Guoqing Diao

Assistant Professor of Statistics

Expertise: Survival analysis, statistical genetics, statistical analysis with missing data, longitudinal data analysis

Guoqing Diao is an assistant professor of Statistics in the Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering.

His research interests focus on developing statistical and computational methods to solve scientific problems in public health, genetics and molecular biology.

Diao earned a PhD in biostatistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and joined Mason's Department of Statistics in August 2006.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,

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Peter Dieke

Associate Professor of Tourism and Events Management

Expertise: Tourism development, Sustainable tourism, Ecotourism, Tourism in less developed countries

Dieke, an Associate Professor of Tourism and Events Management at George Mason University, is a leading scholar in International Tourism Development. His research focuses on policy, planning and implementation strategies for less developed countries, with a regional interest in sub-Saharan Africa.  Dieke’s teaching specialties include sustainable tourism, tourism policy and planning, tourism in less developed countries, global understanding of tourism, tourism economics, ecotourism, political economy model of tourism development.

He has also advised governments and undertaken assignments for several international organizations, including United Nations Development Programme, World Tourism Organization and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) among others.

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Zoran Duric

Associate Professor of Computer Science

Expertise: Computer vision, Video image processing, Human-computer interaction, Information hiding

The central theme of Duric's computer vision research is understanding the motions of humans and of vehicles driven by humans. Application areas for this research include smart rooms, video surveillance and monitoring, human-computer interaction, secure driving/ intelligent highways, and video coding.

In his work he has been applying techniques from such domains as theoretical kinematics and dance notation to analyze physical and geometrical constraints on the motions of humans and vehicles. This research will result in methods that significantly improve on currently available techniques for computing human-generated motions of objects.

In his previous work he developed the Frenet-Serret and Darboux motion models to describe physically possible motions of tools and vehicles. In his current workhe is extending this research to understanding human motions. In particular Duric is investigating how dance notation can be used to describe human motions in such domains as gestures and sports.

In the domain of human motion understanding Duric is interested in gestures and simple activities performed by small numbers of humans. In the gesture domain a single human is viewed by one or more cameras. The human uses upper body gestures such as posture, head pose (nods, etc.), shoulder movements (shrugs, etc.), hand and arm movements, palm facings, finger pointings, and so on to convey a message. In the domain of "general'' human motions and sports Duric is interested in simple movements that are performed in an approximately upright position, such as walking, running, etc.

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Penelope Early

Professor of Education Policy; Director, Center for Education Policy

Expertise: Teacher education policy, Federal and state education policy, No Child Left Behind, Gender equity,

Earley is founding director of the Mason Center for Education Policy. She has more than 30 years of experience analyzing federal, state, and local education policy. Her areas of expertise include studying and analyzing how policy intended to leverage change in one aspect of the educational system may have unexpected influences in other sectors, and the translation of research to policy. Earley is nationally recognized for presentations and articles that synthesize and establish connections between policy options. Her research has been published in the Politics of Education Yearbook and the Handbook of Research on Teacher Education.

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Lisa Eckenwiler

Director of Health Care Ethics in the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics and Associate Professor of Philosophy

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Expertise: Bioethics, Health Policy Ethics, Public Health Ethics, and Research Ethics

Eckenwiler teaches courses in bioethics, ethics in health policy, ethics and public health, and research ethics. She has published widely on research ethics, and also has written on access to AIDS care, policy for pregnant addicts, and the ethical implications of work in biodefense and emergency preparedness. Eckenwiler can discuss the ethical questions that arise when dealing with pandemics and infectious disease outbreaks. Her book, The Ethics of Bioethics: Mapping the Moral Landscape (co edited with Felicia Cohn), was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2007. Currently she is writing a book on justice and caregiving in the context of globalization (forthcoming, Johns Hopkins University Press).

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

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Craig Esherick

Assistant Professor of Sport Management

Expertise: Sport history, Basketball and basketball history, US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Athletics, Coaching, parenting and leadership of athletes

While pursuing a law degree at Georgetown University Esherick became a graduate assistant basketball coach for two years. After graduating from law school and passing the DC Bar, Esherick became a full-time assistant coach at Georgetown for the men’s basketball team. His tenure as an assistant lasted 17 and a half years and included a stint as the assistant basketball coach for the USA Olympic team that participated in the ’88 Seoul Olympics. He became the head basketball coach at Georgetown University and held that position long enough to win 103 games.

Esherick will continue to write about sports and basketball as well as serving as a color commentator for college basketball games and being heavily involved with the newly created Center for Sport Management. Professor Esherick is still a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, the DC Bar and the Association for TV and Radio Artists.

Media Contact: Preston Williams, 703-993-9376,