Justin Gest

Assistant Professor

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3351 Fairfax Drive MS3B1
Arlington, VA 22201


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Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University’s School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, minority political behavior, and immigration policy.

In the field of minority political behavior, his earlier research focused on Muslim political behavior in Western democracies. This work was collected in Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2010). He is currently writing a follow up study that applies his conclusions to white working class people. This work is entitled The New Minority: White Working Class Politics and Marginality.

In the field of comparative immigration politics, his research compares policy regimes across 50 countries worldwide. This work is being collected in a forthcoming monograph entitled Crossroads of Migration: A Global Approach to National Policy Differences. He is pursuing related work on political incorporation regimes and migrants’ rights frameworks.

Professor Gest received the 2014 Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, Harvard’s highest award for teaching. In 2013, he received the 2013 Star Family Prize for Student Advising, Harvard’s highest award for student advising. He co-founded and currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

He is a product of Los Angeles Unified School District’s University High School in West Los Angeles, where he grew up. He later earned his bachelor’s degree in Government at Harvard University, his PhD in Government from the LSE, and previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University’s Department of Government.

Areas of Research:

  • Comparative Politics
  • Diversity
  • Europe
  • Immigration Policy
  • International Migration
  • Islam
  • Middle East
  • Minority Politics
  • Muslim Politics
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • United States
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