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Alexandra Graddy-Reed

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

Ph.D. in Public Policy
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 222
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626

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. Graddy-Reed teaches courses on the theories and policies of nonprofits and social innovation.


Public economics, philanthropy, nonprofits and social innovation, science and innovation policy


Feldman, M.P. and Graddy-Reed, A. (2014) “Accelerating Commercialization: A New Model of Strategic Foundation Funding”. Journal of Technology Transfer. 39: 503-523.

Feldman, M.P. and Graddy-Reed, A. (2014) Chapter 3 “Local Champions: Entrepreneurs’ transition to philanthropy and the vibrancy of place” in M.L Taylor, R.J. Strom, and D.O. Renz (eds.) Handbook of Research on Entrepreneurs’ Engagement in Philanthropy, Edward Elgar Publishing, UK

Graddy-Reed, A. and Feldman, M.P. (2015) “Stepping Up: An empirical analysis of the use of social innovation in response to the economic recessionCambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, & Society,  8 (2): 293-312.

Lanahan, L., Graddy-Reed, A., Feldman, M., & Rosenbloom, J. (2016). The Domino Effects of Federal Research Funding. PLoS ONE11(6), e0157325.

Moulton, J., Graddy-Reed, A., & Lanahan, L. (2016). BEYOND THE EITC: THE EFFECT OF REDUCING THE EARNED INCOME TAX CREDIT ON LABOR FORCE PARTICIPATION. National Tax Journal69(2), 261–284,251.

Graddy-Reed, A. (2018). Do Hybrid Firms Out-Provide Traditional Business Structures? An Examination of Prosocial Behavior in North Carolina Firms. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly47(6), 1223–1248.

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