Faculty and Research
USC is one of the nation’s major research universities, and the USC Price School is a renowned contributor to the university’s reputation. Much of the school’s research is conducted through its centers, institutes and research groups.
These include the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise; the Keston Institute for Public Finance and Infrastructure Policy; the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy; the Center for Health Financing, Policy and Management; the Civic Engagement Initiative; the Lusk Center for Real Estate, within which is housed the Casden Forecast; METRANS, a two-university transportation research center; CREATE, the country’s first Homeland Security Center of Excellence; the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute, the nation’s premier Latino think tank; the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration; and within the Urban Growth and Development Group, the Center for Economic Development and the Population Dynamics Research Group.
Price School faculty members are distinguished scholars who share a deep and abiding commitment to research and teaching. Their diverse disciplinary backgrounds and areas of research interest include economics, international relations, urban planning, organizational behavior, philosophy, political science, psychology, public administration, public policy, sociology, and social ethics. In addition to producing theoretical and applied research in these and other areas, many faculty members serve on the boards of leading academic journals and major public and nonprofit organizations. In all their work, they contribute to both the store of knowledge in their respective disciplines and to the formation of the next generation of civic and community leaders.
USC is the oldest private research university in the American West and one of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities. Its faculty and students collaborate on a wide range of research projects that directly affect Southern California, the nation, and the world. Faculty members conduct both individual and grant-funded research, much of which takes place in the school’s research centers and institutes. Students have the opportunity to serve as research assistants in these centers or to assist faculty with individual research projects.