Justin Gest

Justin Gest is an Associate Professor of Policy and Government at George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government. His teaching and research interests include comparative politics, immigration, and demographic change.

His first book, Apart: Alienated and Engaged Muslims in the West (Oxford University Press/Hurst, 2010), studied Muslim political behavior in Western democracies. This research explored the origins of extremism and civic engagement among a stigmatized community of citizens.

His second book, The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality (Oxford University Press, 2016), examines the complicated marginality of white working class people in the United States and Britain, where they have been the backbone of movements to elect Donald Trump and leave the European Union.

His third book, The White Working Class: What Everyone Needs To Know (Oxford University Press, 2018), provides an essential overview of political, sociological, psychological and economic research on the politics of white working class people in the United States and Britain.

His fourth book, Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018), is co-authored with Anna Boucher. This work presents a systematic, comprehensive, and demographic data-driven taxonomy of migration regimes across 30 countries. It explores the question of what drives convergence and variation in immigration policy worldwide.

His research has been published in journals including Citizenship StudiesComparative Political StudiesEthnic and Racial StudiesGlobal GovernanceGlobal PolicyInternational Migration ReviewMigration StudiesProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and the Review of Middle East Studies.