Media and Public Relations

Where Innovation Is Tradition

For press releases issued after to Jan. 20, 2012, see

Washington Post Columnist Steven Pearlstein to Join George Mason University Faculty

Nov. 23, 2010

Printer Friendly Version

Fairfax, Va. – Steven Pearlstein, Washington Post columnist and Pulitzer Prize winner, will join the faculty of George Mason University as Clarence J. Robinson Professor of Public and International Affairs starting in fall 2011. In this capacity, Pearlstein will teach classes related to economics, public affairs and the media. In addition to his academic duties, he will continue writing a weekly column for The Washington Post and moderate its leadership web site, On Leadership.

"George Mason University is pleased and proud to have Steve Pearlstein join our faculty as a Robinson professor," says Alan G. Merten, president of George Mason University. "Since the creation of the program, our institution has been blessed with having many distinguished scholars serve as Robinson Professors. As a leading voice for our region and a nationally recognized journalist, Steve will enrich our academic reputation. He will work directly with students and provide them invaluable insights into the world as well as showcase our institution’s commitment to teaching and advanced scholarship,"

At The Post, Pearlstein writes about a wide range of business and economic issues, from international trade to health care policy to regional economic development. In 2008, he won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his columns explaining and anticipating the recent financial crises. During his 22 years at The Post, Pearlstein also served as deputy business editor, defense industry reporter, economics correspondent and Canadian correspondent. Before joining The Post, he was a reporter at WGBH-TV in Boston, an editor at Inc. magazine and founding editor and publisher of the Boston Observer. He also served as administrative assistant to U.S. Senator John A. Durkin and U.S. Representative Michael J. Harrington.

"Steve's insight and knowledge of business and the economy, and his originality as a writer and thinker, bring great value to The Washington Post and its readers," said Marcus Brauchli, executive editor at The Washington Post. "With this additional role, he is sure to inspire a new generation at Mason."

The Robinson Professors program was established in 1984 by a bequest from the late Clarence J. Robinson, a businessman and civic leader in Northern Virginia. The program has allowed Mason to hire distinguished scholars in the liberal arts and sciences. The mission of these educators is to enrich the academic experiences of undergraduate students while continuing their scholarly pursuits and public engagements.

"I’m excited—and a little bit nervous—to be embarking on this new career as college professor," said Pearlstein. "And yet I still get to keep my hand in journalism and maintain my association with one of the world’s best news organizations. I’ve always been impressed by the excitement and energy at Mason and the diversity of its student body. And I’m honored by the appointment as a Robinson Professor. I look forward to getting to know better my many new colleagues and students and contributing to the rich academic life on the Fairfax campus."

The appointment marks the second Washington Post Pulitzer Prize winner to join the Robinson Professor program. Roger Wilkins, Robinson Professor of History and American Culture (emeritus) was part of the editorial team at The Washington Post that won the Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Watergate scandal.

About George Mason University
Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country. Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university. George Mason University—Where Innovation Is Tradition.

About The Washington Post (
The Washington Post provides award-winning news and understanding about the politics, policies, personalities and institutions that make Washington, D.C. the world’s seat of power, and is a critical tool and information source for those who call Washington, D.C. home. In digital form, The Washington Post combines its world-class journalism with the latest technology and tools, and encourages participation and customization across all platforms so readers can engage with The Washington Post anytime, anywhere.