USC Price alumna Brettany Shannon follows her authentic path, including co-editing book on authenticity and community development

By Cristy Lytal

According to Brettany Shannon, media arts and digital communications are playing increasingly important roles in community development. And as the first Scholar-in-Residence at the Bedrosian Center at the USC Price School of Public Policy, she’s exploring this topic through a variety of media ranging from an edited book to an Instagram database to a podcast.

Researchers gather to discuss methods for causal arguments in the study of the history of American Politics

by Nathan K. Micatka and Nicholas Napolio 

While the field of political science may seem staid to outsiders, it has evolved significantly in terms of research methods over the last 40 years. The behaviorally based studies that dominated in the 1970s gave rise to the subfield of American Political Development (APD) in the 1980s as a way to more fully realize and incorporate the study of history and institutions. APD scholars made narrative-based causal arguments to understand the history of American politics. Over the past decade, a trend toward more data-oriented studies of causal relationships has emerged …

Big Data: Want more people to use public transit?

The Boston Globe featured research by Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School on barriers to making public transportation more hospitable for women. Boarnet described his research on travel habits of women living near the Expo light rail line in Los Angeles and reasons they increased their light rail use only half as much as men, including perceptions of safety and fear of harassment.

Second annual City Managers’ Summit focuses on employee satisfaction, climate change, leadership

by Matthew Kredell

“I see city managers as kind of unsung heroes,” USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott said in his welcoming remarks. “I don’t feel you get the recognition and respect that you deserve for the fantastic job you do managing complex organizations.”