George Mason University

Featured Faculty

Our university’s more than 1,400 full-time instructional and research faculty members are experts in a broad range of fields. They have published widely, contributed to major research findings and consulted with government and business officials.

Drawing prominent scholars from all fields, Mason’s outstanding faculty members have received grants and awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Templeton Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. They have won numerous awards such as Fulbright Scholar grants, Pulitzer Prizes, Mellon Fellowships, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Centennial Medals and Nobel Prizes. More than 47 endowed chairs at the university have also brought many internationally renowned artists and scholars to campus.

Of particular interest to undergraduates are the Robinson Professors, outstanding scholars in the liberal arts and sciences who have come to Mason from prestigious positions elsewhere. They are concerned with broad and fundamental intellectual issues and are dedicated to undergraduate teaching and working with Honors College students. In 1984, the first Robinson Professors joined the faculty as the result of a generous bequest from the estate of Clarence J. Robinson.


Steven Pearlstein

Steven Pearlstein

As a Pulitzer-prize winning columnist for the Washington Post, Steven Pearlstein joined Mason as a Robinson Professor of Public Affairs in fall 2011. He has focused on teaching economic principles to noneconomic majors and helped launch the interdisciplinary Politics, Philosophy and Economics concentration for majors in those departments. He also offers seminars on narrative journalism, politics and wealth and poverty in the Honors College.

 

 


Laurie Robinson

Laurie Robinson

Robinson Professor Laurie Robinson is a former assistant attorney general. She has been involved with national criminal justice policy for more than 30 years. In 2014, she was appointed co-chair of President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, an organization created in the wake of events in Ferguson, Missouri, to develop recommendations on ways to build greater trust between law enforcement and communities.

 

 


Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark

Kevin Clark was honored by the White House as a Champion of Change in 2014 for his innovative approach to creating diversity and access in science, technology, engineering and math fields. He is founding director of Mason’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity, and has extensive experience as a designer and consultant in educational game design, online and interactive media and issues of diversity and inclusion in digital media.

 


Patricia Miller

Patricia Miller

Patricia Miller is an internationally acclaimed operatic and concert mezzo-soprano, and a highly respected voice teacher and music educator. As a University Professor, artist-teacher and master class clinician, Miller has transported her talent and commitment to opera education across the globe. She is director of Vocal Studies at Mason, and serves on the Opera Panel of the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 


Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin

Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin

University Professor Emanuel “Chip” Petricoin is a pioneer in the area of proteomic research and is co-director of Mason’s Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine. His innovative methods of furthering personalized medicine and creating new ways to detect and treat cancer have helped him receive more than a million dollars in grants and brought him numerous acclaim, including Fairfax, Virginia’s 2015 Innovator of the Year Award.

 


Mandy O’Neill

Mandy O’Neill

Olivia “Mandy” O'Neill is a professor of management in Mason’s School of Business, teaching MBA and undergraduate courses in organizational behavior, negotiations, management and leadership. She is actively engaged in organizational research, and her primary areas of interest include the study of organizational culture, emotions and gender, especially as they relate to workplace interpersonal relations, employee decision-making, job attitudes, career success, health behavior, corporate strategy and financial performance.

 


Jagadish Shukla

Jagadish Shukla

As a renowned climate scientist and director of Mason’s Institute of Global Environment and Society, Jagadish Shukla was instrumental in developing the doctoral program in climate dynamics in Mason’s College of Science. He is a member of the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and a lead author on a chapter of the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report, which was recognized when IPCC shared the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former Vice President Al Gore.

 


 

Nathalia Peixoto

Nathalia Peixoto

A professor of bioengineering with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, Nathalia Peixoto has focused on an array of topics in her research. These range from seizure control with low frequency electric fields to microfabricated oxygen sensors for profiling metabolic activity in cardiac cells. Her research interests include implantable electrodes and systems, hybrid systems, control of assistive technology, bio-micro-electro-mechanical systems, and experimental models of neuropathologies such as epilepsy and spreading depression.