About Us

Anne Washington

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Photo of Anne WashingtonEmail: awashi14@gmu.edu
Web: http://washington.gmu.edu

Main: 703-993-8218
Fax: 703-993-8215

3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201


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. Her 2012-2015 National Science Foundation grant introduces a new field PoliInformatics, or political informatics, which builds research capacity for data intensive research in the study of government and politics.

She holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in computer science from Brown University and a Masters in Library Information Science (MLIS) from Rutgers University. She completed a PhD from The George Washington University School of Business in Information Systems and Technology Management and Organization Behavior. Her dissertation investigated the use of search technology by House and Senate staff. She continues to investigate how government transparency is achieved through technology and data standards focusing on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the United States Congress and other legislatures. She is involved in several groups that are building interdisciplinary coalitions around government data.

She has extensive work experience in information architecture and information technology after years with Barclays Global Investors, Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors, Claris Software division of Apple Computer and the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. She has also served on the United Nations World E-parliament Working Group on XML in Parliament, the OASIS LegalXML technical committee of citations, and Federal Web Managers Council’s Usability Task Force. Since 2008, she has served as an invited expert to the W3C E-Government Interest Group and the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group.

SPGIA's faculty is deeply engaged in research that advances solutions to some of the most challenging problems facing the region, the nation, and the world. Faculty members are active as advisors to public, private, and non-profit sector organizations, where they take a hands-on approach to public policy formation and implementation.

SPGIA's research centers span diverse policy areas, including international security, economic development, energy policy, and emerging markets. The School frequently hosts seminars and workshops featuring practitioners and scholars from around the world as well as community events with public officials and candidates.

SPGIA's home is Founders Hall, the flagship building of Mason's Arlington campus, which opened in 2012. The campus is easily accessible from anywhere in the Washington DC area, only a block from the Virginia Square/GMU station on Metro's Orange Line and just minutes away from Interstate 66 and the George Washington Parkway.