Faculty

Emma Aguila - FacultyEmma Aguila

Assistant Professor

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.


Marlon Boarnet Boarnet-130x180

Professor
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.


Raphael Bostic Bostic-130x180

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.


Terry L. Cooper terrycooper-130x180

Professor
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.


Janet V. Denhardt Denhard

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.


Robert B. Denhardt Denhard

Professor
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 M. Doherty Denhard

Assistant Professor

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 Duquette

Assistant Professor

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.


Nicole E. Esparza Esparza

Assistant Professor

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.


Elizabeth Graddy Graddy

Professor
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.


Richard Green Green

Director and Lusk Chair in Real Estate
Professor

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.


Michael E. Harris Green

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 jeffe

Senior Fellow

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.


Martin Krieger krieger

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.”


LaVonna Blair Lewis lewis

Teaching Professor
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 SPPD 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.


Daniel A. Mazmanian mazmanian

Professor
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 mccann

Assistant Professor

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.


Juliet Ann Musso musso

Associate Professor
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.


William G. Resh resh

Assistant Professor

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.


Peter J. Robertson robertson

Associate Professor
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 schweitzer

Associate Professor

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 sloane

Professor

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.


Shui Yan Tang tang

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.


Eduardo Tinoco tinoco

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.


Christopher Weare weare

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.


Frank Zerunyan zerunyan

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.