Justin Gest

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Titles and Organizations

Professor of Policy and Government

Contact Information

Mason Square, Van Metre Hall, Room 553
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1


Justin Gest is a professor of policy and government at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. He studies immigration and the politics of demographic change. He is the author of six books:

  • Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst 2010)
  • The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press 2016)
  • The White Working Class: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press 2018)
  • Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press 2018)
  • a textbook, Mass Appeal: Communicating Policy Ideas in Multiple Media (Oxford University Press 2020)
  • Majority Minority (Oxford University Press 2022)

He also coedits the Oxford University Press book series, Oxford Studies in Migration and Citizenship. He has authored peer-reviewed articles in journals including Comparative Political Studies, Ethnic and Racial Studies, the International Migration Review, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and has edited special issues of Citizenship Studies and Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies.

He has provided reporting or commentary for ABC, BBC, CBC, CNN, the Guardian, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, the New York Times, Politico, Reuters, Vox, and the Washington Post.

In 2014 and 2020, Gest received Harvard University’s Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize and the George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award, respectively each university’s highest award for faculty teaching. In 2013, he received the 2013 Star Family Prize for Student Advising, Harvard’s highest award for student advising. In 2007, he cofounded the Migration Studies Unit at the London School of Economics (LSE).

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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