I am a Research Professor of Science, Technology & International Affairs at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy in the Elliott School of George Washington University in Washington, DC, a position I've held since February 2012. Prior to joining GW faculty, I was director of Science & Policy Programs at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), where I was responsible for the Association's activities in science and technology policy, managed a staff of about 40 people, and served as a key spokesman on science policy issues.
As a research professor, I have no teaching responsibilities and I set my own research agenda within science and technology policy, according to my interests and the availability of funding. I have recently completed a study of the evolution of U.S. science policy research from the end of World War II to the present which has resulted in a monograph titled In Search of Evidence-Based Science Policy: From the Endless Frontier to SciSIP to be published in summer 2018 as Volume 2, Number 2 in The Annals of Science and Technology Policy. In 2014, I completed a major project on U.S. visa policy for scientists and engineers, the results of which were published in the National Academies' journal, Issues in Science & Technology and subsequently excerpted in Slate. Other areas in which I am interested include (but are not limited to): globalization and its impacts on science and technology; budgeting and priority-setting in research; high skilled immigration and the politics and administration of international "big science" institutions.
I am a Fellow of AAAS; former chairman of the Board of Governors of the U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) and chairman of the Board of the American Friends of the BSF; a member of the advisory committee to the S&T Fellows program of the California Council for Science and Technology; a member of the science policy advisory committee of the National Council for Science and the Environment; an honorary member of the Washington Science Diplomats Club; and a charter member of the World Technology Network.
My education includes a B.S. in Physics (1964) and a Ph.D. in Political Science (1969), both from MIT.