Assistant Professor of Public Policy
3351 Fairfax Dr., MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia 22201
Anne L. Washington’s research investigates socio-technical aspects of transparency initiatives, data standards and electronic government projects.
In 2012, she was the first U.S. citizen to be invited as a fellow with the Pribilla Foundation at the Leipzig Graduate School of Management. She currently is leading a group of colleagues in a project that matches big data principles, with open government data to investigate the financial crisis. Her 2012-2015 National Science Foundation grant introduces a new field PoliInformatics, or political informatics, which builds research capacity for data intensive research in the study of government and politics.
She holds a Bachelors of Arts (BA) in computer science from Brown University and a Masters in Library Information Science (MLIS) from Rutgers University. She completed a PhD from The George Washington University School of Business in Information Systems and Technology Management and Organization Behavior. Her dissertation investigated the use of search technology by House and Senate staff. She continues to investigate how government transparency is achieved through technology and data standards focusing on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the United States Congress and other legislatures. She is involved in several groups that are building interdisciplinary coalitions around government data.
She has extensive work experience in information architecture and information technology after years with Barclays Global Investors, Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors, Claris Software division of Apple Computer and the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. She has also served on the United Nations World E-parliament Working Group on XML in Parliament, the OASIS LegalXML technical committee of citations, and Federal Web Managers Council’s Usability Task Force. Since 2008, she has served as an invited expert to the W3C E-Government Interest Group and the W3C Government Linked Data Working Group.
George Mason University ranked second in federally financed research expenditures in the political sciences and fifth in total research expenditures in the political sciences in federal FY 2010-11, according to the most recent survey results released by the National Science Foundation in July 2013.
SPP is recognized as one of the largest, most diverse, graduate public policy schools in the nation.
SPP is one of the fastest growing schools within George Mason University, which was ranked as the number one university to watch by U.S. News & World Report.
SPP’s Arlington campus is on the Metro Orange Line, mere minutes from Washington, D.C. – the global capital of policymaking.