Affiliated Faculty

The core and affiliated faculty of CSTP carry out research projects, work with students on courses, projects, and dissertations, and reach out to the academic and policy research communities. CSTP takes an interdisciplinary approach to the complex and dynamic subjects that make up its agenda.


Zoltan AcsDirector, Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy; University Professor

Zoltan J. Acs is University Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government and Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. He is coeditor and founder of Small Business Economics, the leading entrepreneurship and small business publication in the world. He is also a visiting profes¬sor at Imperial College Business School in London. His career has focused on the link between innovation and entrepreneurship in industries, cities, and worldwide.


Katrin Anacker, Associate Professor of Public Policy

Katrin B. Anacker is an Associate Professor at George Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government. She is the North American Editor of the International Journal of Housing Policy, the Review Editor of the Journal of Planning Education and Research, the lead editor of the book Introduction to Housing (University of Georgia Press, 2017), and the editor of the book The New American Suburb: Poverty, Race, and the Economic Crisis (Ashgate, 2015). Her research interests are housing, housing and urban policy, race and public policy, real estate markets, economic demographics, statistical methods, qualitative methods, and research writing.


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Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

Philip Auerswald is an associate professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government. His work is about entrepreneurship and innovation in a global context. He is most recently the author of The Coming Prosperity: How Entrepreneurs are Transforming the Global Economy (Oxford University Press, 2012).


John S. Earle, Professor of Public Policy

John S. Earle joined the Schar School of Policy and Government in August 2010. The recipient of economics degrees from Oberlin College (B.A.) and Stanford University (M.A. and Ph.D.), he also studied music at Oberlin Conservatory, Stanford and the Vienna Musikhochschule. He has taught at the Central European University (1991-2010), Stanford University (1990-2000), the Stockholm School of Economics (1997-2001), and the University of Vienna (1991); and he has been an affiliated researcher with the Institute for International Studies at Stanford (1995-97), the Stockholm Institute of Transition Economics (1997-2001), the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA, since 1999), the Institute of Economics of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (since 2007), the Center for Advanced Studies in Vienna (1991-92) and the Brookings Institution (1987).


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Todd LaPorte, Associate Professor, Schar School of Policy and Government

Todd M. La Porte is an associate professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. His current research interests include organizational and social resiliency, and public organizations, governance and the use and impacts of networked information technologies, for which he has received NSF and Pew Foundation support. He has also worked on public attitudes to technology and homeland security, with DHS funding, critical infrastructure protection, and organizational responses to extreme events, such as 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.


Anne L. Washington, Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Anne L. Washington’s research investigates socio-technical aspects of transparency initiatives, data standards and electronic government projects.

In 2012, she was the first U.S. citizen to be invited as a fellow with the Pribilla Foundation at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management. She currently is leading a group of colleagues in a project that matches big data principles, with open government data to investigate the financial crisis.