Our Community of Scholars

The GW Regulatory Studies Center works collaboratively with a wide array of policy scholars to serve as a hub for applied research on the effect of regulations on society. This is a non-exhaustive list of individuals who have interacted with the Center in various degrees on notable research projects.

Adams, William

Title: Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Phone: 202-994-7494
Email: [email protected]

Professor Adams is an expert lecturer and researcher in program and policy evaluation, public opinion, mass media, and survey research. Numerous publications and extensive consulting experience with various public and private sector organizations mark his achievements in the field of public policy and public administration. In the spring of 2010, Professor Adams taught in Kuala Lampur at the University of Malaya as a Fulbright award recipient. He earned a B.S. and M.A. (Political Science) from Baylor University, and Ph.D in Political Science from the George Washington University.

Barnow, Burt

Title: Amsterdam Professor of Public Service and of Economics, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Email: [email protected]

Burt S. Barnow is the Amsterdam Professor of Public Service and of Economics at The George Washington University. Prior to joining George Washington University, Dr. Barnow was Associate Director for Research at Johns Hopkins University’s Institute for Policy Studies, where he worked for 18 years. Prior to that, he worked for 8 years at the Lewin Group and nearly 9 years at the U.S. Department of Labor, including 4 years as director of the Office of Research and Evaluation in the Employment and Training Administration. His research focuses on workforce development programs, evaluations of social programs, labor markets, and performance management. Dr. Barnow received a B.S. in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.

Brainard, Lori A.

Title: Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Phone: 202-994-1091
Email: [email protected]

Professor Brainard's research focuses on communication regulation, with an emphasis on television regulation and deregulation.  Her book, Television: The Limits of Deregulation has been positively reviewed by scholars in diverse fields, such as Political Science, Economics, Communications, and Public Policy.  She is currently working on a history of the FCC's regulation (and deregulation) of television via biographical research on commissioners responsible for the agency's major television (de)regulatory policies.  Her teaching repertoire includes a course on Federal Regulation.  She holds a PhD in Politics from Brandeis University and a BA in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

Brock, Gerald

Title: Co-director; Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration and Economics
Phone: 202-994-3989
Email: [email protected]

Prior to joining the GW faculty in 1990, Professor Brock served as Chief of the FCC Common Carrier Bureau from 1987-89. His research focuses on telecommunication policy, including the interaction of regulatory and other policy decisions with economic efficiency and technological progress. His current research examines the relationship between the regulated voice communication sector and the unregulated data communication sector, looking for insight regarding factors that facilitate technological progress and flexibility in economic institutions. He is the author of four books, of which the most recent is The Second Information Revolution (Harvard University Press, 2003). Professor Brock received both his BA (applied mathematics), and PhD (economics) from Harvard University.

Brooks, Leah

Title: Economist and Assistant Professor, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Phone: 202-994-4703
Email: [email protected]

Leah Brooks is Assistant Professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University. After receiving her PhD from UCLA in 2005, she taught at the University of Toronto and McGill University, and worked at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. Her research interest is urban political economy. Her work to date has examined Business Improvement Districts to understand the resolution of collective action problems, and the Community Development Block Grant program to analyze the political economy of grant giving at the municipal and sub-municipal levels. She has documented the existence and analyzed the impacts of municipally-imposed tax and expenditure limits, studied the premium required to assemble land, analyzed the long-term effects of streetcars on urban form, and is hard at work examining the impact of containerization on cities. 

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PhD, Economics, UCLA

B.A., Economics and Public Policy, University of Chicago

Brunori, David

Title: Research Professor of Public Policy and Professorial Lecturer in Law and Executive Vice President for Editorial Operations at Tax Analysts

David Brunori is a journalist, author, educator, and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues. He is a senior director at RSM. He is also a Research Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at The George Washington University. He currently writes a weekly column for Law360 on state and local taxation. He has published numerous books and articles on state and local tax policy. Previously, he was a partner with a national law firm, served as an executive with an international publishing company, and was an appellate trial attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice.

David Brunori CV

Cox, Tony

Phone: 303-388-1778
Fax: 303-388-0609
Email: [email protected]

Tony Cox is President of Cox Associates, a Denver-based applied research company specializing in quantitative risk analysis, causal modeling, advanced analytics, and operations research.  He is also Chief Sciences Officer of NextHealth Technologies, a Denver-based company offering advanced data analytics solutions to reduce human health risks and improve healthcare.  Tony is an Edelman Laureate of the Institute for Operations Research and Management Science (INFORMS; a member of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a member of the National Academies' Board on Mathematical Sciences and their Applications, and a Fellow of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA).

Tony holds the world's first PhD in Risk Analysis (1986) and an S.M. in Operations Research (1985), both from MIT; an AB from Harvard University (1978); and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program (1993). He is Honorary Full Professor of Mathematics at the University of Colorado, Denver, where he has lectured on risk analysis, biomathematics, health risk modeling, computational statistics and causality; is on the Faculties of the Center for Computational Mathematics and the Center for Computational Biology; and is Clinical Professor of Biostatistics and Informatics at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.  He has taught a variety of graduate and professional courses, including Game Theory for the Department of Mathematics and Decision Analysis for the Business School of the University of Colorado at Denver. He is Editor-in-Chief of Risk Analysis: An International Journal, is Area Editor for Real World Applications for the Journal of Heuristics, and is on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Operations Research and Information Systems.

Tony has taught many graduate and professional courses in risk analysis, decision analysis, and advanced analytics and has authored and co-authored about 200 journal articles and book chapters on these fields. His most recent books are Improving Risk Analysis (Springer, 2013), Risk Analysis of Complex and Uncertain Systems (Springer, 2009) and the Wiley Encyclopedia of Operations Research and Management Science (Wiley, 2011), which Dr. Cox co-edited. He has over a dozen U.S. patents on applications of artificial intelligence, signal processing, statistics and operations research in telecommunications. His current research interests include computational statistical methods for causal inference in risk analysis, data-mining, and advanced analytics for enterprise risk management, insurance, and public policy applications.

Dooling, Bridget

Bridget C.E. Dooling was a Research Professor with the GW Regulatory Studies Center from 2018 to 2023 and a Professor of Law (by courtesy) at GW Law. Now a member of the faculty at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Dooling is an expert in administrative law and an active scholar in the regulatory field.

Drago, Daniela

Title: Affiliated Scholar, Program Director for Regulatory Affairs Program, Program Director for Clinical & Translational Research, Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership

Dr. Daniela Drago is an internationally recognized global regulatory affairs expert. Prior to joining academia, she worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry. She has held senior positions in global regulatory and medical affairs at F. Hoffman-La Roche, Vifor Pharma, Reckitt Benckiser and Bausch & Lomb.

Dr. Drago has substantial know-how on regulatory strategic and operational activities for a wide range of product categories, ranging from prescription-only to over the counter (OTC) drugs, medical devices, cosmetics, and other regulated fast moving consumer goods.

She is a frequent lecturer at international courses and workshops, has published numerous articles and serves on the board of directors of the Association of Graduate Regulatory Educators. Dr. Drago received her PhD in Chemistry from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich).

Dr. Drago teaches in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


MSc, Universita' Degli Studi Di Messina, Italy, 1997
PhD, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETHZ), Zurich, 200


View publications by this faculty member from January 1, 2013 - present.

Additional publications published before January 1, 2013 may be available within Himmelfarb Library's database.

Hammond, Emily

Title: Professor of Law, The George Washington University Law School
Phone: 202-994-6024
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.law.gwu.edu/emily-hammond

Emily Hammond is a nationally recognized expert in energy law, environmental law, and administrative law. A former environmental engineer, Emily brings technical fluency to cutting-edge issues at the intersection of law, science, and policy. Professor Hammond is a leading authority on nuclear energy, electricity markets, regulatory jurisdiction, and the various responses of legal institutions to scientific uncertainty. Their articles have appeared in numerous top-ranked journals, including the Columbia Law Review, the Duke Law Journal, the Michigan Law Review, and the Vanderbilt Law Review. Hammond is a co-author of one of the nation’s leading energy law texts, Energy, Economics and the Environment, and the environmental law text Environmental Protection: Law and Policy, in addition to numerous book chapters and shorter works.

An elected member of the American Law Institute, Professor Hammond is also chair-elect of the Association of American Law Schools’ Administrative Law Section and a member scholar of the Center for Progressive Reform. Emily has served as a hearing examiner for state administrative proceedings, has provided service to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and was recently honored as a Distinguished Young Environmental Scholar by the Stegner Center, University of Utah.

Prior to joining the GW law faculty, Professor Hammond served on the faculties at Wake Forest University and the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where they won numerous teaching awards and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Associate Director of the Law Center. They have visited at the University of Texas, Florida State University, and the University of Georgia. Before entering academia, Professor Hammond practiced with law with Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia, and clerked for Judge Richard W. Story of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. 


BS, Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University; JD, University of Georgia

Kenkel, Donald

Title: Andrew Dickson White Professor, Cornell University
Email: [email protected]

Donald Kenkel’s expertise is in areas of health economics and public sector economics. Broadly speaking, he studies the economics of disease prevention and health promotion. Professor Kenkel has conducted a series of studies on the economics of public health policies, including alcohol taxes and other policies to prevent alcohol problems; cigarette taxes to prevent youth smoking; and advertising to promote smoking cessation. His current research is on the economics of tobacco regulation and the market for e-cigarettes. He has published his research in the Journal of Political Economy, the Review of Economics & Statistics, the Journal of Health Economics, and the Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis, among others.

Professor Kenkel is a former President of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis. From 2018 through 2020, he served as Senior Economist and then Chief Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the Executive Office of the President.



Professor Kenkel’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Kentucky and his master’s and Ph.D. are from the University of Chicago.

Linquiti, Peter

Title: Visiting Professor of Public Policy & Public Administration/Interim Director, Environmental Resource Policy Program
Email: [email protected]

Prior to joining the GWU faculty, Professor Linquiti served as Executive Vice President at ICF International, a global consulting firm focused on energy and environmental policy. He has supported public sector clients in all phases of the rulemaking process including technical and economic background analysis, preparation of Regulatory Impact Analyses and Regulatory Flexibility Analyses, and the analysis and summary of public comments on proposed rulemakings. He also helped launch CommentWorks.com, a tool for managing stakeholder input on government initiatives. Professor Linquiti’s substantive work has focused on public policies related to air quality, climate change, hazardous and solid waste, drinking water, risk assessment, and publicly-funded R&D on new “green” technologies At GWU, he teaches the core policy analysis methods class in the MPA curriculum and an undergraduate course on sustainability and environmental policy. Professor Linquiti holds a PhD in public policy and public administration from GWU, and an MPP and BA in Political Science, both from the University of California at Berkeley.

Nardinelli, Clark

Clark Nardinelli received a PhD in economics from the University of Chicago more than four decades ago. He began his academic career as an assistant professor of economics at the University of Virginia. After a few years, he moved to Tulane University, before finally settling in for a decade in the Department of Economics at Clemson University. He left Clemson to move to the Washington, DC area, and briefly taught at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. 

During his academic career, Nardinelli taught undergraduate courses in intermediate price theory, economic history, history of economic thought, comparative economic systems, and economic development, as well as  graduate courses in economic development, comparative economic systems, and the history of economic thought. His research was eclectic, with the larger part of it in economic history.  Other academic work included policy evaluation, economic growth of cities and states, and consumer discrimination.

Nardinelli joined the United States Food and Drug Administration in 1995 and remained at the agency until retiring in late 2018. He was a supervisory economist most of that time, and FDA chief economist for his last 13 years at FDA. In that role, he supervised benefit-cost analyses, research projects,  and policy analyses of all products regulated by FDA. Among the major regulations assessed were the rules on animal food and feed to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy; reducing approved uses for certain ozone-depleting substances; expanded access to investigational human drugs; unique identification on medical devices labels; premarket safety reporting for human dugs and biological products; warnings for internal analgesic over-the-counter drugs; calorie and nutrition labeling of menu items in restaurants; tobacco user fees; good manufacturing practices for dietary supplements; a ban on ephedrine alkaloids in dietary supplements; and controls aimed to eliminate exposure to from human food. He also worked extensively on deregulation during the early part of the Trump Administration. 

In 2019 Nardinelli was president of the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis.

Newcomer, Kathryn

Title: Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration / Former Director, School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Phone: 202-994-3959
Email: [email protected]

Kathryn Newcomer is the former director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University.  She teaches public and nonprofit program evaluation, research design, and applied statistics. She routinely conducts program evaluations and training for federal government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

Dr. Newcomer has published  five books, Improving Government Performance  (1989), The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (1994, 2nd edition 2004, 3rd edition 2010),  Meeting the Challenges of Performance-Oriented Government (2002), Getting Results: A Guide for Federal Leaders and Managers (2005), and Transforming Public and Nonprofit Organizations: Stewardship for Leading Change (2008),  and a volume of New Directions for Public Program Evaluation, Using Performance Measurement to Improve Public and Nonprofit Programs (1997), and numerous articles in journals including the American Journal of Evaluation and Public Administration Review.   She received the Elmer B. Staats Award for her work on Accountability in Government, presented by the National Capital Area Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration in 2008. She is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. Currently she is an elected member of the Board of the American Evaluation Association (2012-15).  She served as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for 2006-2007.  She has received two Fulbright awards, one for Taiwan (1993) and one for Egypt (2001-04). She has lectured on performance measurement and public program evaluation in Ukraine, Israel, the UAE, Nicaragua, Brazil, Egypt, Taiwan, and the UK. She received her BS and MA at the University of Kansas and her PhD in political science at the University of Iowa.

Pierce Jr., Richard J.

Title: Professor of Law
Phone: 202-994-1549
Email: [email protected]

Richard Pierce is Lyle T. Alverson Professor of Law at George Washington University. He has written over a dozen books and 120 articles on government regulation and the effects of various forms of government intervention on the performance of markets. His books and articles have been cited in the opinions of numerous agencies and courts, including over a dozen opinions of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Richard Pierce, Jr. CV

Shapiro, Stuart

Title: Associate Professor and Director of Public Policy Program, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University
Email: [email protected]

Professor Shapiro's research focuses on the regulatory process and regulatory reform, including the role of cost-benefit analysis, public participation, and e-rulemaking.  He has also done research on the regulatory process in the states.  Prior to becoming a professor, Stuart was a desk officer and manager in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs at the Office of Management and Budget.  He received his PhD in public policy and  his M.P.P. from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

Stuart Shapiro's CV

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PhD in public policy and M.P.P. - Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Sinclair, Tara M.

Title: Professor of Economics and International Affairs
Phone: 202-994-7988
Email: [email protected]

Professor Sinclair’s research focuses on macroeconomic modeling, forecasting, and policy. She contributes regularly to the Survey of Professional Forecasters and is co-director of the GWU Research Program on Forecasting. She has also been a visiting scholar at the St. Louis Federal Reserve.  She earned her PhD in economics from Washington University in St. Louis.

Personal Website


PhD in economics from Washington University in St. Louis

Sullivan, Mary

Title: Visiting Scholar, Regulatory Studies Center

Prior to joining the GW Regulatory Studies Center, Mary Sullivan was an economist at the Federal Trade Commission. Previously, she was as an economist and Assistant Chief of the Competition Policy Section at the Antitrust Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. In academia, she was on the faculties of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and the George Washington School of Business. Her research focuses on regulation, antitrust, and the economics of brand names and trademarks. Sullivan's research on measuring brand equity and customer satisfaction are widely cited in the academic literature.


PhD in economics from the University of Chicago

Mary Sullivan CV (PDF)