Science & Technology

From the local community to the international stage, concerns about biological threats, climate change, energy, population growth, and technological shifts influence the design of public policies. The dual-use nature of the biotechnology revolution and accelerating pace of innovation in the life sciences presents the world with both new opportunities and new dangers. Schar School faculty seek to develop new and deeper understanding of the processes of scientific discovery and of technological innovation to improve the analysis of governance challenges.

Areas of research include:

  • Energy-based economic development
  • Economic analysis of new technologies
  • The human dimensions of energy use
  • Global climate governance
  • Microbiology and biotechnology
  • Human behavior and resource use
  • Biological weapons threats
  • Emerging technologies and WMD terrorism
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Sustainable transportation

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

  • Photo of Sonia Ben Ouagrham-Gormley

    Associate Professor

    Areas of Research: Arms Control and Nonproliferation, Biodefense, Ethics and Weapons Development, Former Soviet States, Health and Security, Illicit Trade, International Security, Knowledge Management, Qualitative Methods, Science and Technology Studies, Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • Photo of Kenneth J. Button

    University Professor Emeritus of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Economics of Privatization and Regulation, Environmental Economics, Regional Economics, Transport Planning, Transportation Economics, Urban Economics
  • Photo of James K. Conant

    Professor Emeritus of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Environmental Policy, Environmental Protection, Executive Branch Organization and Management, Federalism/State and Local Government, Leadership, Organizations, Public Administration, Public Budgeting, Public Law, Transportation Security, and United States
  • Photo of Jonathan L. Gifford

    Professor; Director, Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy

    Research Interests: Civil Engineering, Development and Delivery, Federalism/State and Local Government, Fiscal Policy and Budgeting, Infrastructure Finance, Public-Private Partnerships, Regional Development, Transportation Policy, Urban Policy
  • Photo of David M. Hart


    Areas of Research: Energy Policy, Innovation Policy, Manufacturing Policy, Science and Technology Policy, U.S. Politics
  • Photo of Michael Hunzeker

    Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: International Security, Wartime learning and adaptation, Conventional deterrence, Taiwanese defense reform
  • Photo of Richard Kauzlarich

    Co-Director, Center for Energy Science and Policy (CESP); Distinguished Visiting Professor

    Ambassador Kauzlarich is Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.
  • Photo of Gregory Koblentz

    Associate Professor; Director, Biodefense Graduate Programs

    Areas of Research: Biodefense, Foreign Policy, Global Health Security, International Relations, International Security, Middle East, Security Policy, South Asia, Terrorism
  • Photo of Todd M. La Porte

    Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

    Areas of Research: Energy Policy, Environmental Policy, Public Administration, Science and Technology Policy, Climate Change Adaptation, Energy and Climate Policy
  • A photo of the word SCHAR on a concrete block wall.

    Professor of Public Policy; Co-Director, Center for Science and Technology Policy

    Connie L. McNeely is a sociologist and professor of public policy in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University, where she is also co-director of the Center for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy.