USC Price School of Public Policy

Dean Jack H. Knott

Dean Jack H. Knott

Jack H. Knott is the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean of the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He has served in this position since 2005.

Before joining USC, Dean Knott served as professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to this, Dean Knott was a professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, where he served as departmental chair and director of Michigan State’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

He is a leading scholar in the fields of political institutions and public policy and public management. He has published three books, including Reforming Bureaucracy: The Politics of Institutional Choice, and numerous journal articles and book chapters.

He has held fellowships from the Russell Sage Foundation in New York City and the International Institute of Management in Berlin. He has also conducted large-scale evaluation studies of private foundation projects and government programs. In addition, he has served as a consultant on public policy to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

In 2007, he was elected as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), a non-partisan organization chartered by the U.S. Congress to assist federal, state, and local governments to improve their effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability.

Under Dean Knott, the Price School has experienced significant growth. Since 2006, the school’s budget has increased 59 percent. His leadership was also instrumental in securing the school’s $50 million endowment and naming gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund in November 2011.

Dean Knott received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, his M.A. in comparative political economy from the School of Advanced International Studies at The Johns Hopkins University, and his undergraduate degree in history from Calvin College.