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Daniel A. Mazmanian


Ph.D. in Political Science
Washington University, St. Louis

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 201A
Los Angeles, CA 90089


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 Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. 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.

Dr. Mazmanian is a widely published scholar in the field of policy implementation and environmental policy. His current research focuses on the transition to sustainable communities. He is recipient of the Aaron Wildavsky Enduring Contribution Award from the American Political Science Association and the Thomas R. Dye Service Award from the Policy Studies Organization. Dr. Mazmanian served as executive director of the “Report of the California Adaptation Advisory Panel to the State of California,” in 2009-2010, and a member of the “Task Force on Environmental Governance of the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development,” in 2005-2006. He is past president of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University and both his M.A. and B.A. in Political Science from San Francisco State University.


Dave Huitema, William Neil Adger, Frans Berkhout, Eric Massey, Daniel Mazmanian, Stefania Munaretto, … Catrien C. J. A. M. Termeer. (2016). The governance of adaptation: choices, reasons, and effects. Introduction to the Special Feature. Ecology and Society21(3).

Mazmanian, D. A., & Blanco, H. (2014). Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities: Strategies, Methods, and Outlook. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar Publishing.

Mazmanian, D. A., Jurewitz, J., & Nelson, H. (2013). A Governing Framework for Climate Change Adaptation in the Built Environment. Ecology and Society, 18(4), 56.

Mazmanian, D. A., Jurewitz, J., & Nelson, H. (2013). The Paradox of “Acting Globally while Thinking Locally” Discordance in Climate Change Adaption Policy. The Journal of Environment & Development, 22(2), 186-206.

Mazmanian, D. A., & Press, D. (2013). Toward Sustainable Production: Finding Workable Strategies for Government and Industry. In M. Kraft, & N. Vig (Eds.), Environmental Policy: New Directions for the Twenty-First Century (8th Ed., pp. 230). Washington, DC: CQ Press.

Maggioni, E., Nelson, H., & Mazmanian, D. A. (2012). Industry Influence in Stakeholder‐Driven State Climate Change Planning Efforts. Policy Studies Journal, 40(2), 234-255.

Mazmanian, D. A., & Nijaki, L. K. (2012). Sustainable Development and Governance. In S. Kamieniecki, & M. Kraft (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of U.S. Environmental Policy (pp. 184). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Tang, S., Mazmanian, D. A., & Zhan, X. (2011). Understanding Collaborative Governance from the Rational Choice Perspective (in Chinese). Fudan Public Administration Review, 7, 3-25.

Pisano, M., Mazmanian, D. A., Little, R. G., Linder, A., & Perry, B. (2010). Toward a National Strategic Investment Framework. Public Works Management & Policy, 14(3), 246-262.

Tang, S., & Mazmanian, D. A. (2010). Understanding Collaborative Governance from the Structural Choice-Politics, IAD, and Transaction Cost Perspectives. 

Jung, Y., Mazmanian, D. A., & Tang, S. (2009). Collaborative Governance in the United States and Korea: Cases in Negotiated Policymaking and Service Delivery. International Review of Public Administration, 13, 1-11.

Mazmanian, D. A., & Kraft, M. (Eds.). (2009). Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy (2nd Ed.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Mazmanian, D. A., Jurewitz, J., & Nelson, H. (2008). California’s Climate Change Policy: The Case of a Subnational State Actor Tackling a Global Challenge. The Journal of Environment & Development, 17(4), 401-423.

Mazmanian, D. A., Pisano, M., Little, R. G., & Linder, A. (2008). Governance and Financing Policy in Southern California: Transformative Changes to Achieve Climate Change Goals. America 2050, Region Plan Association.

Dudek, D., & Mazmanian, D. A. (2007). China’s Environmental Awareness Grows with its Economy. Verdexchange, July 2007, 1.

Mazmanian, D. A. (2006). Achieving Air Quality: The Los Angeles Experience. 

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