Comparative Studies

Comparative Studies

Schar School regional experts conduct research all over the world, using comparative analysis to examine political institutions, processes and behavior. Areas for research include state-society relations, social movements, immigration and border studies, and comparative politics.

Interested in interviewing one of our experts? Contact Communications Manager Buzz McClain at or 703-993-9603.

  • Photo of Jo-Marie Burt

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Comparative Politics, Conflict Studies, Democratization, Gender, Latin America, Historical Memory, Human Rights, Qualitative Methods, State-Society Relations, Transitional Justice
  • Photo of Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Mexico-U.S. Relations, Latin American Politics, Organized Crime, Immigration, Border Security, Human Trafficking, Latin America, Comparative Politics, Gender, International Migration, International Security, Qualitative Methods, Democratization, Energy Policy, Security Policy
  • Photo of John S. Earle

    University Professor
    Director, Center for Micro-Economic Policy Research (CMEPR)
    Director, PhD Program in Public Policy

    Areas of Research: Comparative, Institutional, and Transition Economics; Economic Development; Economic Policy; Employment Policy; Entrepreneurship; Firm and Industry Dynamics; Labor Economics; Microeconomics; Organizations; Political Economy; Quantitative Methods; Small Business Programs, Growth, and Innovation
  • Photo of Justin Gest by Ron Aira

    Associate Professor of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Comparative Politics, Diversity, Europe, Immigration Policy, International Migration, Islam, Middle East, Minority Politics, Muslim Politics, Qualitative Methods, Race and Ethnicity, United States
  • Photo of Jack A. Goldstone

    Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor; Director, Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions, and Policy (SCIP)

    Jack A. Goldstone is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Chair Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University. He is also a Senior Fellow of the Mercatus Center, a Global Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center, and Director of Schar’s Center for the Study of Social Change, Institutions and Policy (SCIP).
  • Photo of Bassam S. Haddad

    Associate Professor; Director, Middle East and Islamic Studies

    Bassam Haddad is director of the Middle East and Islamic Studies Program and an associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
  • Photo of Layla M. Hashemi

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC)
    Schar School of Policy and Government

    Layla M. Hashemi is a researcher and data analyst at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) focusing on international supply chains, cybercrime and illicit trade. On the NSF project Disrupting Operations of Illicit Supply Networks (D-ISN), she is analyzing the supply chains of counterfeit PPE, fentanyl and pharmaceuticals.
  • Photo of Mark N. Katz

    Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Russian Foreign Policy, Foreign Policy, International Relations, Middle East, Security Policy, Revolution, War on Terror
  • Photo of Mariely Lopez-Santana

    Associate Professor, Director of Political Science Doctoral and Master's Programs

    Areas of Research: Comparative Politics, Europe, Federalism/State and Local Government, Qualitative Methods, Social Welfare Policy, Comparative Welfare States, European Union, Governance
  • Photo of Peter Mandaville

    Professor of Government and Politics

    Areas of Research: Democratization, Foreign Policy, International Development, International Relations, Middle East, Political Islam, Information Technology and Social Change, Emerging Powers and World Order