Methods & Data Science

All fields within policy and government rely on effective data analysis and management, especially as data collection increases in our interconnected world. Schar School faculty use a range of qualitative and quantitative research methodologies to make sense of data and explain policy and governance processes.

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

  • Photo of Katrin B. Anacker

    Professor of Public Policy

    Areas of Research: Race and Ethnicity, Urban Policy, Housing
  • 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 Delton T. Daigle

    Associate Professor; Director of Online Learning

    Areas of Research: Elections, Public Opinion, Political Psychology, American Politics, Canadian Politics, Survey Research, and Quantitative Research Methods
  • Photo of John S. Earle

    Distinguished University Professor
    Director, Center for Micro-Economic Policy Research (CMEPR)

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

    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 Naoru Koizumi

    Professor, Associate Dean of Research and Grants

    Areas of Research: Biostatistics, GIS and Spatial Statistics, Health Care Services and Policy, Chronic Diseases and Organ Transplants
  • Photo of Maurice Kugler
    Areas of Research: Economic Growth, International Economic Development, Human Capital, Foreign Direct Investment, International Trade and Global Labor Markets.
  • Photo of Eric McGlinchey

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Central Asia, Comparative Politics, Democratization, Foreign Policy, International Development, International Migration, International Relations, Political Violence, Qualitative Methods
  • Photo of Robert J. McGrath

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Federalism/State and Local Government, Health Policy, Legislatures, Presidency and Executive Branch, Quantitative Methods
  • Photo of Lucas Núñez

    Assistant Professor

    Lucas Núñez is an assistant professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government, where he teaches courses on quantitative methodology. He holds a BA and graduate studies in Economics from Universidad Torcuato Di Tella (Argentina) and a Ph.D. in Social Science from the California Institute of Technology.