About Us

Jack A. Goldstone

Virginia E. and John T. Hazel, Jr. Professor; Director, Center for Global Policy

Photo of Jack GoldstoneEmail: jgoldsto@gmu.edu
Web: http://jackgoldstone.gmu.edu

Main: 703-993-1409
Fax: 703-993-8215

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


Curriculum Vita
Recent Scholarship


Jack A. Goldstone (PhD Harvard) is the Virginia E. and John T. Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University, and a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. Previously, Dr. Goldstone was on the faculty of Northwestern University and the University of California, and has been a visiting scholar at Cambridge University and the California Institute of Technology. He is the author of Revolution and Rebellion in the Early Modern World, awarded the 1993 Distinguished Scholarly Research Award of the American Sociological Association; Why Europe? The Rise of the West in World History; and nine other books as well as over one hundred research articles on topics in politics, social movements, democratization, and long-term social change. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, Al-Jazeera, Fox News, and written for Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, the Washington Post, Al-Hayat and the International Herald Tribune.

Dr. Goldstone has worked extensively with the US Intelligence community on forecasting global conflict and terrorism, and with the US Agency for International Development and the World Bank on providing democracy assistance to fragile states. His recent essay in Foreign Affairs, “The New Population Bomb” has received world-wide attention. He has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford University, and won Fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies. His current research focuses on conditions for building democracy and stability in developing nations, the impact of population change on the global economy and international security, and the cultural origins of modern economic growth. Goldstone is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the advisory board of the Council’s Center for Preventive Action. His latest book is Political Demography: How Population Changes are Reshaping International Security and National Politics (Oxford U. Press, 2011). He blogs regularly on global trends and world events at www.newpopulationbomb.com.


Areas of Research
  • Comparative Economic Development
  • Democratization
  • Long-term Social Change
  • Political and Civil Conflict
  • Revolutions and Social Movements
  • Sources of Economic Growth
  • State Failure and Reconstruction

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.