James N. Burroughs

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Associate Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 703-993-2956
Fairfax Campus, Aquia Building, Room 312
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
MSN: 3F4


Public management, public administration ethics, administrative law, judicial process, and organization theory

Jim Burroughs came to George Mason University after 15 years in the government and nonprofit sectors. In the federal government, he served as a legislative assistant to two members of Congress and as legal counsel in the Office of the Federal Register at the National Archives. He served seven years as general counsel and head of government relations for the National Propane Gas Association.

From 1995-2000, Burroughs was an adjunct instructor at Mason and at Virginia Tech. He served as Acting Master of Public Administration (MPA) Director in 2000 and 2001, and has been a regular faculty member since then. He is a founder of the Master of Public Administration Cohort partnership with local government in Northern Virginia. He currently serves as a Judge Advocate in the Virginia Defense Force which is part of the Virginia Department of Military Affairs.

He earned his law degree at William & Mary, his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Mason, and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in Public Administration and Policy at Virginia Tech.

Areas of Research 

  • Public Management
  • Public Administration Ethics
  • Administrative Law
  • Judicial Process
  • Organization Theory