Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law
Jody David Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Professor Armour’s expertise ranges from personal injury claims to claims about the relationship between racial justice, criminal justice, and the rule of law. Professor Armour studies the intersection of race and legal decision making as well as torts and tort reform movements.
Emma Aguila is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public of Policy. She was previously a Senior Economist and Director of the RAND Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASP). Dr. Aguila earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de Mexico in Mexico City. She completed her master’s and Ph.D. in Economics at University College London in the United Kingdom. Her research interests include pension reform, saving for retirement, and social security coverage and labor dynamics of immigrants.
Director, Graduate Programs in Urban Planning
Marlon Boarnet is Professor of Public Policy and director of graduate programs in urban planning and development in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Boarnet’s research focuses on land use and transportation; links between land use and travel behavior and associated implications for public health and greenhouse gas emissions; urban growth patterns; and the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure.
Director, Bedrosian Center
Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise
Dr. Raphael Bostic is the Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise and Director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
The Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values
Dr. Cooper focuses his research on citizen participation and ethics in government. Currently, Professor Cooper is on the co-principal investigators in the USC Neighborhood Participation Project. There, he conducts research on the role of neighborhood organizations in the City of Los Angeles through the newly established system of neighborhood councils. He also provides leadership as director of the Civic Engagement Initiative at USC.
Chester A. Newland Professor of Public Administration
Director of the Price School Sacramento Center
Janet V. Denhardt is Chester A. Newland Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Price School Sacramento Center. She was previously Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Dr. Denhardt is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration, the field’s equivalent of the National Academy of Science. She is the 2013 recipient of Charles Levine Award, given by American Society of Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) to recognize a public administration faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in three major areas of the field of teaching, research and service to the wider community.
Director of Leadership Programs
Robert B. Denhardt is Professor and Director of Leadership Programs in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He was previously ASU Regents Professor and Director of the School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. He is also a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the University of Delaware.
Kathleen Doherty, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She previously held a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions at Vanderbilt University.
Nicolas Duquette is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Duquette’s research uses the tools of economics, politics and history to trace the development and behavior of nonprofit organizations, and he teaches courses in nonprofit management informed by an interdisciplinary perspective.
Dr. Esparza is an assistant professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She teaches courses on public policy and management and program evaluation.
Associate Professor (Teaching)
Liz Falletta teaches architectural and urban design at USC’s Price School of Public Policy. She has over fifteen years of experience teaching design across disciplines at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Her courses focus on design as an interdisciplinary activity and explore how the intersecting values of architecture, planning and development can inform the design process and improve design outcomes. She is currently at work on By-Right | By-Design, an interdisciplinary housing reference text.
Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy Vice Dean
Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D., teaches courses in quantitative analysis, governance, and business and government. Her research focuses on the private sector role in public service delivery, how industry and organizational structure affect performance, and how information asymmetry and uncertainty affect institutional design and effectiveness.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Alexandra Graddy-Reed is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Graddy-Reed’s research is focused on the evolving strategies of grantmakers to be more outcome and impact minded. Grounded in theories of public economics, institutional change, and innovation production, her current research involves evaluating the effect of competition between grantmakers on outcomes to assess if it promotes or deters innovation.
Director and Lusk Chair in Real Estate
Richard K. Green, Ph.D., is the Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. He holds the Lusk Chair in Real Estate and is Professor in the USC Price School of Public Policy and the USC Marshall School of Business. His research addresses housing markets, housing policy, tax policy, transportation, mortgage finance and urban growth. He is a member of two academic journal editorial boards, and a reviewer for several others.
Associate Professor of Political Science
Christian Grose is Associate Professor of Political Science in Dornsife College at the University of Southern California. He is also Associate Professor in the Price School of Public Policy (by courtesy). Christian’s research interests include political institutions and political representation. Current and recent research is on U.S. legislatures, the presidency, race and ethnicity, the effect of war casualties on U.S. voting behavior, financial interests and stock market investments of legislators, and field experiments.
Professor of the Practice of Health Services Administration and Policy
Mr. Harris is Professor of Practice for Health Services Administration and Policy at the Sol Price School of Public Policy for the University of Southern California. His focus and interest includes health policy and the transformation of the US Health Care Delivery System, as well as, addressing health care disparities to improve health care access.
Sherry Bebitch Jeffe is Senior Fellow, Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California and the political analyst for NBC Los Angeles.
In the 2000 election cycle she also served as political analyst for NBC4 in Washington, D.C. and for BBC Scotland and BBC Wales. She continues to serve as American politics analyst for BBC Scotland, BBC Wales, BBC London and BBC World Service programs, as well as for Al Jazeera English and on NBC and MSNBC.
Professor of Planning
Martin Krieger, a scientist who was not suited to experiments, turned his analytical sensibilities toward the social sciences instead.
When Martin Krieger finished his doctorate in experimental particle physics at New York’s Columbia University in 1968, he had a problem. He didn’t like to do experiments. “I love physics,” says the SPPD professor, “but I hate equipment. That’s a fatal flaw.”
Director of the USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative
LaVonna Blair Lewis, Ph.D., MPH, is a Teaching Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, and the Director of the USC Diversity in Healthcare Leadership Initiative. Dr. Lewis joined the USC faculty in 1996 and she was selected Professor of the Year at Price in 1998 and 2001. Dr. Lewis’ areas of research and professional interests consistently focus on cultural competency and health disparities, both targeting the health status and health care needs of underrepresented groups.
Academic Director, USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy
Dr. Mazmanian was the founding Director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance, from 2005-2012. He is a professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the director of new initiatives at the Center for Sustainable Cities. He served as the school’s Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor from 2000-2005. Before coming to USC, he served as dean of the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He has been a member of the Board of Trustees of the John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation since 1994.
Pamela McCann, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Dr. McCann previously served as an assistant professor of public affairs at the University of Washington.
Her research interests include U.S. political institutions, bureaucratic delegation, federalism, intergovernmental politics, legislative behavior, public policy, health policy, policy diffusion, state and local politics.
Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government
Associate Director, MPA, Sacramento
Dr. Juliet Musso holds the Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She has expertise in federalism and urban political economy, with specific research interests in intergovernmental fiscal policy, state and local institutional reform, and collaborative governance. She has published on state budgeting and intergovernmental finance, the political economy of municipal incorporation, and neighborhood governance in the City of Los Angeles.
Associate Professor (Teaching)
Director, Professional Doctorate Program
Deborah Natoli, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor (Teaching) and director of the professional doctorate program at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She teaches research methods, human behavior in organizations, leadership, and conducts teaching seminars.
Dr. Natoli began her career as a public high school social studies and psychology teacher with special assignment to support students from underprivileged communities. During her graduate study at Saint Louis University, she was selected by the Dean of the Graduate School to coordinate the Teaching Resource Center, her charge to work with a team to design and implement an interdisciplinary Future Faculty and Teaching Certificate Program for teaching assistants and pre-tenured professors across all schools and colleges.
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Director of Research, USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
Rodney Ramcharan is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Research Director of the Lusk Center for Real Estate. Previously, Dr. Ramcharan worked at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, serving most recently as the first chief of the newly created Systemic Financial Institutions and Markets Section.
Kelly Campbell Rawlings, Ph.D. is an assistant professor (nonresident teaching) with the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California where she develops and teaches courses on organizational behavior, nonprofit management and leadership, strategic planning, and the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. Her research focuses on identifying innovative approaches to public participation and civic engagement and explores the notion of civic capacity and the ways in which the skills, behaviors, and attitudes necessary for participation in public life can be developed.
Bill Resh earned his doctoral degree at the American University’s School of Public Affairs in 2011. From 2011 to 2014, he was a tenure-track assistant professor in public management at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Since 2014, he is a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.
Director, Master of Public Administration
Peter J. Robertson, Ph.D., brings to the School’s faculty a focus on improving the capacity of organizations to successfully accomplish their objectives while attending to the needs and interests of the individuals and communities with whom they interact. He is particularly interested in the application of “new paradigm” ideas to the development of new models of organization and governance, with a recent paper proposing a model of ecological governance applicable in the context of complex, multi-party policy problems.
Lisa Schweitzer specializes in urban studies, and, in particular, normative theory and empirical analysis of social justice, environment and transport in cities. Her work has appeared in multiple popular and scholarly outlets, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She maintains a blog about urban ethics, her new book project, at lisaschweitzer.com.
David Sloane is a professor and director of USC Price Undergraduate Programs in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Dr. Sloane researches issues related to community health, public safety, and commemoration from both historical and contemporary perspectives. He has written extensively about neighborhood level institutions and activities, especially related to food systems, street gangs, and public memory.
Research Director, Bedrosian Center
Frances R. and John. J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration
Dr. Tang is Research Director for the Bedrosian Center, a position he took at the founding of the Center in 2005. In this role, he leads the Bedrosian Center Faculty Research Awards program, which awards grants to USC Price faculty doing research in collaborative governance.
Associate University Librarian, USC Libraries
A first-generation college student, Eduardo Tinoco holds a Master of Library and Information Science Degree from San Jose State University, a Bachelor of Arts Degree, in English, from California State University, Northridge and begins his Doctorate of Education studies at the USC Rossier School of Education, with a concentration on Higher Education, during the fall of 2014. Ed is also a 2012 participant, and graduate, of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Leadership Institute for Academic Libraries (LIAL). He recently completed his three-year term as the Associate Dean for Public Services with the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries.
Research Associate Professor
Dr. Weare is deputy director of the Civic Engagement Initiative and Research Associate Professor within the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. He is also a principal investigator with the Neighborhood Participation Project. With Juliet Musso, he heads the Neighborhood Council Evaluation Project, which examines the implementation of the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council system over a period of seven years.
Assistant Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy
Wood is an Assistant Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law. She teaches Administrative Law and Analytical Methods for Lawyers. Wood’s research centers around efforts to improve public governance via information provision. She uses empirical methods to help answer questions about how laws — especially laws aimed at transparency — incentivize behavior.
Professor of the Practice of Governance
Director, Executive Education
Frank Vram Zerunyan, J.D. is a Senior Fellow and Director of Executive Education at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. His key areas of expertise include Local Governments, Public Private Partnerships, Land Use, Regulation and Executive Education.