Dr. Naufal is an Associate Research Scientist at the Public Policy Research Institute (PPRI) at Texas A&M University, a research fellow at the IZA Institute of Labor Economics, and Economic Research Forum (ERF). Previously he was the Technical Director at Timberlake Consultants. He was also an Assistant/Associate Professor of Economics at The American University of Sharjah (2007 to 2014) in the United Arab Emirates. George earned his Ph.D. in Economics in 2007 from Texas A&M University. His area of expertise is applied econometrics with applications to labor economics including criminal justice, conflict, education, migration, demographics, and unemployment. He has published several journal articles and book chapters. Dr. Naufal has secured more than $1.5 million in grant funding including grants from the Texas Indigent Defense Commission, Google, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Caruth Foundation, and Arnold Ventures. His work has been cited by regional and international media outlets such as the New York Times, Bloomberg, the Washington Post, and NPR.