Bedrosian Center

Nicole E. Esparza


Assistant Professor

Nonprofit organizations, networks, philanthropy, urban inequality

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 208

Curriculum Vitae 


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.

Nicole’s past research examined homeless assistance nonprofits in twenty-six metropolitan areas with a special focus on organizational networks in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Philadelphia. Her current research asks two major questions: How do social, economic, and political forces shape the size and growth of the urban nonprofit sector? How do interorganizational dynamics influence the effectiveness and distribution of services?

Dr. Esparza received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton and a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. Before arriving at USC, Esparza held the Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University. She is also an Associate and Scholar at the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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I’d like to thank the academy, team spillovers, and network centrality. 2010. American Sociological Review 75 (1): 31-51.

Esparza, Nicole. 2009. Community factors influencing the prevalence of homeless youth services. Children and Youth Services Review 31 (12): 1321-9.

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