UCL Institute for Global Prosperity


George Mason University

Our collaboration

The collaborative work between the IGP and George Mason University investigates international migration.

The IGP is supporting Professor Justin Gest, whose research studies both the emergence of a South-South model and more established approaches to international migration. It also considers the social and political behaviour of immigrants and natives in the midst of this social transformation.

About George Mason University

George Mason University and its School of Policy, Government and International Affairs is a leading public university in Washington, D.C. One of the largest schools of its kind, it has 80 interdisciplinary faculty members and over 2,000 students. It offers 15 degree programs in public affairs, economics and international studies.

About Professor Justin Gest

Justin Gest is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University's School of Policy, Government and International Affairs. He completed his PhD (Government) at the London School of Economics (LSE) and holds a BA (Government) from Harvard University.

His teaching and research examine minority political behaviour and comparative immigration policy. He is the author of Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West and Crossroads of Migration: A Global Approach to National Policy Differences (forthcoming). His articles have appeared in journals such as Ethnic and Racial Studies, the International Migration Review and Global Governance.

Between 2010 and 2014, Professor Gest held a Lectureship and Fellowship in the Department of Government at Harvard University. In 2007, he founded the LSE Migration Studies Unit and remains its Deputy Director.

The Russell Sage Foundation, the Open Society Foundation, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs all support his research.

Visit Justin's personal website.