GWIPP Research Professors
Dr. Patricia Atkins' study of and involvement with regional governance systems spans her career, beginning in 1969 with a regional think tank in the Detroit metropolitan area. Her four decades of experience parallel the growth of regional goverance organizations in the United States. She has cultivated a role as a boundary-crosser, moving between academia where she taught at the University of Baltimore in fields of government, media, politics, and urban affairs; and the practitioner arena, including work at the National Association of Regional Councils and the Prince George's County Budget Office. She has conducted extensive research on regional councils, regional governance networks, urban growth patterns, and various policies for governmental cooperation.
Dr. Michael Bell is President of MEB Associates, Inc. and Executive Director of the Coalition for Effective Local Democracy. Dr. Bell is also a Research Professor at the George Washington University Institute for Public Policy. Dr. Bell's background is in public finance, with a specific focus on state and local finances and intergovernmental relations. He has recently been involved in projects to strengthen the capacity of local self-government in newly emerging democracies through in-country workshops, internships, study tours, expert missions and research projects. Recent projects in South Africa have focused on strengthening local democratic governance by encouraging greater citizen participation and strengthening local property tax administration. Dr. Bell is a member of the Transportation and Economic Development Committee of the Transportation Research Board and a member of the editorial board of Public Works Management and Policy . Prior to forming MEB Associates, Inc., Dr. Bell was Principal Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies' and taught in the Institute's Masters in Policy Studies Program (MAPS). Dr. Bell has edited five books and published articles in several journals including National Tax Journal, Public Finance, Urban Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Environment and Planning C: Government and Policy, Public Budgeting and Finance, and the Regionalist.
David Brunori, Esq. is a journalist, author, educator, and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues. He is a frequent speaker at conferences around the United States on the subject of state and local tax policy. Brunori is Contributing Editor of State Tax Notes magazine and the author of The Politics of State Taxation, a weekly column focusing on state tax and budget politics. He also writes a regular column on state and local taxes for Governing magazine. Brunori serves as Research Professor of Public Policy at The George Washington University, where he also teaches state and local tax law at the law school. He edited The Future of State Taxation (Urban Institute Press), and has published articles in the National Tax Journal and the State and Local Government Review. His book, State Tax Policy: a Political Perspective, (Urban Institute Press) won the 2001 Choice Award for the best public finance book. His latest work, Local Tax Policy: A Federalist Perspective has recently been published by the Urban Institute Press. Prior to joining State Tax Notes , he served as an appellate trial attorney with the Tax Division of the U.S. Department of Justice and practiced with a Washington DC law firm. He has been a David C. Lincoln Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy since 2001.
Steve Crawford is a Research Professor at GWIPP. Previously he served as VP for Policy & Research at CFED and Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution; Deputy Director of Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program; Director of Social, Economic and Workforce Programs at the National Governors Association; and Executive Director of the Governor’s Workforce Investment Board in Maryland. He also taught at Bates College and the University of Maryland, served as executive director of research centers in College Park, MD and Cambridge, MA, and was an assistant dean at the University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Army, including as an infantry officer in Vietnam, on the Frederick County (MD) Board of Education, and on the Obama-Biden transition team. His publications include a book on technical workers and articles in peer-reviewed journals. He holds a Masters degree from the Wharton Business School and a Ph.D. from Columbia University.
Dr. John Gist, who is Research Professor of Public Policy at GWIPP, spent the first fifteen years of his career teaching and doing policy research in the academy and in government, and the next 22 years (until 2009) conducting and managing policy research in the economics of aging at AARP. The bridge between the two worlds was his long-term interest in government finance at all levels.
During his academic career (1973-1987), he was a professor of political science, public affairs, and urban studies at the University of Illinois-Springfield, the University of Georgia, and most recently at Virginia Tech. He was also twice a visiting scholar at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland, the Naval Postgraduate School, and George Mason University.
In 1987, Dr. Gist joined AARP’s Public Policy Institute, where he directed economic policy research until 2006 and then was Senior Advisor for Fiscal and Economic Affairs. His research encompassed Social Security and private pensions, personal saving and retirement preparation, income and wealth distribution, tax and budget policy issues, entitlement spending, and the fiscal implications of an aging society. Recent projects include housing wealth, refinancing, and retirement preparation, income taxation and the elderly, tax incentives for individual saving, and inheritances and wealth distribution.
He holds a Ph.D. in political science from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Royce Hanson, Research Professor, George Washington Institute of Public Policy. B.A. (Economics), M.A., Ph.D. (Government & Public Administration), J.D., Member Md. Bar, Sr. Fellow, NAPA. Hanson has held professorships at American University, Virginia Tech, University of Minnesota, the University of Texas at Dallas, and University of Maryland Baltimore County. He served as president of the Washington Center for Metropolitan Studies, associate dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and dean of the School of Social Sciences of the University of Texas at Dallas. His published work includes co-authorship of leading articles on urban sprawl and the role of corporate executives in urban civic life, books on the governance of Dallas, the Minnesota Legislature, legislative reapportionment, and reports of the National Research Council’s Committee on National Urban Policy. He served twice (1971-81; 2006-10) as chairman of the Montgomery County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, where he was responsible for many of the policy innovations that gave Montgomery its national reputation in planning.
Andrew Reamer is Research Professor at the George Washington University Institute of Public Policy. He focuses on policies that promote U.S. competitiveness -- areas of interest include innovation, regional economic and workforce development, and economic statistics.
Before joining GWIPP, Dr. Reamer was a Fellow at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program and Deputy Director of its Urban Markets Initiative. He founded the Federal Data Project, which sought to improve the availability and accessibility of federal socioeconomic data for states, metropolitan areas, and cities. He also co-authored the policy brief that served as the basis for the Regional Innovation Program authorized by Congress in 2010. He currently is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at Brookings.
Dr. Reamer co-founded Mt. Auburn Associates in 1984 and founded Andrew Reamer & Associates in 1995, regional economic development and public policy consulting firms. He received a Ph.D. in Economic Development and Public Policy and a Master of City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Clarence N. Stone is Research Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at the George Washington University. During the academic year 2001-2002, he was a Visiting Fulbright Professor in Denmark. Stone is the author or co-author of three award-winning books, the most recent of which is Building Civic Capacity: The Politics of Reforming Urban Schools. He is a past president of the Urban Politics Section of the American Political Science Association, and was also accorded the section's Distinguished Career Award. Stone has served on a variety of task forces, most recently the Annenberg Institute's Design Group for School Communities That Work. His current research interests include the politics surrounding human-capital policies. Through a recently awarded a Fulbright Alumni grant, Stone is also working with a small team of North Americans and Europeans on developing a curriculum for comparative local politics. The project is a joint effort of the University of Southern Denmark and the George Washington Institute of Public Policy.
Dr. Michael Wiseman is a Research Professor of Public Policy, Public Administration, and Economics at The George Washington University and Visiting Scholar in the Office of Disability and Income Assistance Policy at the Social Security Administration. He is a consultant on program management and evaluation to the Administration for Children and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services and has served as consultant on policy and evaluation for the Department of Work and Pensions in the United Kingdom as well as for various federal and state agencies. Before moving to GWU, he was Professor of Economics at the University of California at Berkeley (18 years), Professor of Public Affairs, Urban and Regional Planning, and Economics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (10 years) and Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute in Washington (2 years). He is an affiliated scholar with the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His latest book, The Welfare We Want: The British Challenge for American Reform (co-edited with Robert Walker) was published by Policy Press in May 2003.
Hal Wolman is a professor in the Department of Political Science and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at GW. He is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and a member of the MacArthur Foundation’s Building Resilient Regions network. Dr. Wolman's fields of interest include urban and metropolitan policy and politics, local and regional economic development, state and local fiscal policy, and comparative urban policy and politics. Much of his work is interdisciplinary, drawing upon the fields of political science, policy analysis, and economics. He teaches Urban Problems and Policy Analysis, Urban Politics, and Politics and the Policy Process. Professor Wolman holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a Master's in Urban Planning from M.I.T. Prior to coming to GW, Dr. Wolman was Director of the Policy Sciences graduate program at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County from 1997-2000. Before that, he was a professor of Political Science and Urban Affairs at Wayne State University. He also served as a Research Associate for the Urban Institute's Public Finance Program from 1978-1984.