Jonathan Gifford, PhD, is a Professor & Director of the Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy. Dr. Gifford’s primary area of expertise is in transportation and public policy, with a focus on transportation and infrastructure finance. His recent research investigates transportation finance and the role of public-private partnerships. Dr. Gifford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kenneth Button, Senior Research Fellow in the Center, is a Professor of Public Policy at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, and a world-renowned expert on transportation policy. Dr. Button has published, or has in press, some 80 books and over 400 academic papers in the field of transport economics, transport planning, environmental analysis and industrial organization. Some of his recent books include: Airline Deregulation: An International Perspective (David Fulton Publishing), Flying into the Future: Air Transport Policy in the European Union (Edward Elgar Publishing), Handbook of Transport Modelling (Pergamon Press); Transport, the Environment and Sustainable Development (E & FN Spon publishing); Meta-analysis in Environmental Economics (Kluwer); Air Transport Networks (Edward Elgar Publishing).
Porter K. Wheeler, PhD, Consultant to the Center, has specialized in transportation policy and infrastructure finance throughout a career of college teaching, government consulting, Budget Committee work on Capitol Hill, and over two decades of private consulting and governmental advisory work. Since 2005, he has concentrated his efforts on toll road development and public-private partnership issues for the Maryland Transportation Authority, a state-wide public toll road authority, including a solicitation of interest in the I-270 Multi-Modal Corridor and a feasibility study for Nice Bridge reconstruction using a P3 approach.
Shanjiang Zhu, PhD, Research Fellow in the Center, is an Associate Professor of Transportation Planning and Engineering at George Mason University. He obtained his Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in 2010 and worked for two years as a Research Scientist at the University of Maryland before joining GMU. Dr. Zhu is experienced in travel demand modeling, travel behavior analysis, integrated transportation planning and simulation models. His Ph.D dissertation investigated the traffic and behavioral reactions to the I-35W Bridge Collapse in the Twin Cities, Minnesota using advanced behavior data collection techniques. As key personnel and project manager, he developed an integrated travel demand and simulation model for the Inter-County Connector corridor to analyze the pricing and operation strategies. He leads the research and education activities of the TransInfo UTC at GMU. Dr. Zhu’s research interests also include transportation policies, incident response systems, and transportation economics. He has been funded by Virginia OTP3 to investigate potentials of multi-modal P3 projects in corridor development. Dr. Zhu is a champion of the multi-disciplinary research approach. He holds three Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering, Automatics, and Applied Economics, respectively.
Carter B. Casady, PhD, is a Senior Fellow in the Center and is a Lecturer in Economics and Finance at University College London’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction. His research focuses on the institutionalization and governance of infrastructure public-private partnerships (PPPs). Dr. Casady has published extensively in the fields of public administration and public policy, including numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Public Management Review, Public Performance and Management Review, Construction Management and Economics, Transport Policy, and Sustainability. His past experience also includes work for the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and President’s Council of Economic Advisors (CEA). He holds a BSc (2016) in Policy Analysis & Management from Cornell University and a MSc (2017) and PhD (2019) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.
Iqbal is a Fulbright Scholar and Project Management Professional who completed a BS in Civil Engineering at the Kabul University and MS in Engineering Management at the California State University, Northridge (CSUN). After graduating from Kabul University in 2011, Safi started working in planning and managing commercial and Federal Government construction projects in Afghanistan and the Middle East. In 2016, he was awarded the Fulbright for Foreign Students scholarship through which, he undertook master’s studies at CSUN. Currently working for K2 Consulting, a Maryland-based construction projects management and controls consultancy. Iqbal’s main research interest is in transportation public-private partnership policy.
Andy Blevins is the Center’s Editor and a first-year Ph.D. student (political science) at the Schar school. His research interests include third-party governance, community engagement in civil society, and the boundaries of governmental powers. Before starting his doctoral program, Andy worked extensively within the nonprofit and policy sectors, focusing efforts mainly on civil rights and veterans’ issues. He also served as a cryptologic technician in the United States Navy.
Andy currently leads the operations and policy departments for a national veteran-service organization. He is also a Gene Roddenberry Fellow, a member of the National Truman Security Project’s Defense Council, and volunteers on several advocacy Boards and Councils. While in law school, Andy served as the Editor-in-Chief for the pacific northwest’s premier law journal focused on social justice and equity issues, and as an Executive Editor for his university’s international law and dispute resolution law journal. He currently serves as a peer review editor for the Journal of Veterans Studies and the International Journal of Military, Veteran, and Family Health (JMVFH).
Narae Lee is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center and a doctoral student at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. Her research interests include development policy, labor policy, and firm growth. Before starting the doctoral studies, she worked in Korea Small Business Research Institute (KOSBI) and Korea Research Institute for Vocational Education & Trainings (KRIVET). She received Master of Development Policy from Korea Development Institute (KDI) School, and Bachelor of Economics / Bachelor of Political Science from SungKyunKwan University.
Marina Manganaris is a Graduate Research Assistant at the Center and a first-year Public Policy Ph.D. student at the Schar School. Before starting on her Ph.D. journey, Marina worked in survey research. First at a business travel trade association and then for a market research firm focusing in educational research (both K12 and higher ed). Her main research interest is transportation policy. She holds B.A. in Anthropology from SUNY Stony Brook University and a Master’s in Public Policy from American University.
Nobuhiko Daito, PhD, is a Research Affiliate in the Center. Nobuhiko Daito completed his PhD in Public Policy under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Gifford at the George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government. His research interests include infrastructure financing, transportation policy, public finance, public-private partnerships, spatial analysis, and non-motorized transportation modes. His research focus under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Gifford is institutional factors and performance of public-private partnership policy and projects. He holds a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of California, Irvine.
Zhenhua Chen, PhD, completed his Ph.D. in Public Policy at George Mason University under the direction of Dr. Kingsley E. Haynes. Zhenhua is currently an Assistant Professor in City and Regional Planning (CRP) at the Knowlton School of Architecture at Ohio State University. His research interest includes infrastructure planning and policy, regional science, risk and resilience, and big data analytics. Zhenhua received a series of awards during his Ph.D. including the Student Paper Award from the Section on Transportation Policy and Administration of ASPA, the Charles M. Tiebout Prize in Regional Science, the Benjamin H. Stevens Graduate Fellowship in Regional Science, the Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Fellowship Award, the First Prize of the International Student Competition of the 8th World High Speed Rail Congress, and two Student Best Paper Awards from Transportation Research Forum. He was an IRF fellow and Eno fellow, respectively. Zhenhua’s recent research has been published on Papers in Regional Science, Public Works Management and Policy, Applied Economic Letters, Case Studies on Transport Policy and Transportation Law Journal. Website: http://mason.gmu.edu/~zchen7