Social Policy

Social Policy

How do culture and values influence approaches to the public good? The actions of governments at all levels can ensure or detract from the material well-being of individuals. Schar School faculty research key topics – such as housing policy, regional development, transportation, and social welfare – that influence how societies respond to the growing global challenges of social, political, economic, and demographic change. Social policy is concerned with how governments at all levels set priorities, and along with that, the roles that power, inequality, and economic systems play in the design of public policies.

Areas of research include: 

  • Poverty alleviation
  • The design of welfare programs
  • Access to housing and education
  • Race, class, & gender
  • Religion and politics
  • Tax and welfare policies
  • Urban and housing policy

Interested in interviewing one of our experts? Contact Communications Manager Buzz McClain at bmcclai2@gmu.edu or 703-993-9603.

  • Photo of Katrin B. Anacker

    Professor of Public Policy

    Areas of Research: Race and Ethnicity, Urban Policy, Housing
  • Photo of Christopher D. Berk

    Assistant Professor

    Christopher D. Berk is an Assistant Professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His research and teaching interests span the law, politics, and philosophy of punishment, with a particular concern for the relationship between democratic politics and penal law.
  • 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 Heba F. El-Shazli

    Assistant Professor

    Assistant Professor at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on International Relations Theory; Politics, Government and Society of the Middle East; Israeli-Palestinian Politics; and Islam and Politics.
  • Photo of Michael K. Fauntroy

    Associate Professor
    Founding Director, Race, Politics, and Poilcy Center

    Areas of Research: African American Political Behavior, Political Parties, Social Policy, The Presidency, U.S. Politics & Legal Studies, Voting Rights Policy
  • Photo of Justin Gest

    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 Jonathan L. Gifford

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

    Areas of Research: 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 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 Anne Holton

    Professor of Public Policy and Education; Senior Fellow, EdPolicyForward

    Areas of Research: Education Policy, Social Welfare Policy, Urban Policy
  • Photo of Naoru Koizumi

    Professor, Associate Dean of Research & Grants

    Areas of Research: Biostatistics, GIS and Spatial Statistics, Health Care Services and Policy, Chronic Diseases and Organ Transplants