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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.

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.

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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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Anthony Sanders

Distinguished Professor of Real Estate Finance and Director, Center for Real Esate Entrepreneurship

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Expertise: Real estate finance and investment, Asset securitization, housing, commercial asset economics, Financial institutions, residential and commercial lending

Anthony B. Sanders is a Distinguished Professor of Real Estate Finance in the School of Management at George Mason University and is also the director of the Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship. His research and teaching focuses on corporate finance and banking with particular emphasis on real estate finance and investment. He has published articles in Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Housing Economics and other journals.

Sanders has served as a consultant to various firms on the subjects of real estate asset risk, mortgage design, mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) and risk management. He has served as an expert witness on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Merrill Lynch, UBS/Paine Webber, Wachovia/First Union Bank and others on the subject of CMOs, CDOs, CMBS, mortgage derivatives, residential and commercial mortgage origination and underwriting and subprime mortgage lending. He has also testified twice in the U.S House of Representatives on the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP).

Prior to joining Mason in 2009, Sanders taught most recently at Arizona State University (W.P. Carey School of Business). He has also taught at the University of Chicago (Graduate School of Business), University of Texas at Austin (McCombs School of Business) and The Ohio State University (Fisher College of Business). In addition, he served as Director and Head of Asset-backed and Mortgage-backed Securities Research at Deutsche Bank in New York City.

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