USC Price School of Public Policy

Minzi Su

Minzi Su

Assistant Professor (Nonresident Teaching)

Phone: (213) 949-4447

Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy

Portland State University


State and local government, comparative governance, collaborative governance, public finance

Biographical sketch

Dr. Su joined the USC Price School of Public Policy in 2013 as an Assistant Professor to assist in the development and facilitation of courses in the online Master of Public Administration program.

Minzi is a graduate of the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University where she earned a Ph.D. degree in Public Administration and Policy. She also holds master’s degrees in Business administration and in Economics.

Her areas of expertise include state and local government, comparative governance, collaborative governance, and public finance. Minzi has earned significant expertise in online teaching, having taught in MPA programs since 2007, both in classroom and online courses, and having consulted with two state universities and two for-profit organizations to assist in online curriculum development, course development, and online teaching.

Dr. Su began her working career with business experiences including work as an accountant, accounting manager, and Chief Financial Officer of a large state-owned international corporation in China, and she is a member of the Chinese Institute of Certified Public Accountants. She was active as a finance executive during China’s transition to international accounting and finance standards, and was a national prize-winning author of several articles written to help Chinese companies recognize the implications of China’s entry into the World Trade Organization and what it would mean to China’s finance and accounting executives. She served as an elected official for six years in Chinese government at the municipal level where she was involved in budget administration, land use management, and investment and trade promotion for her city. She was a Vice-Chair of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade for a Chinese city with a population of two million people, was an elected council member of a state chapter of the American Society for Public Administration, and is now a member of the Advisory Board of an American nonprofit organization that aims at education justice worldwide.