USC Price School of Public Policy



Former Executive Director for Port of LA Knatz joins USC Price, Viterbi

August 16, 2014

Dr. Geraldine Knatz, former executive director for the Port of Los Angeles, has been appointed as Professor of the Practice of Policy and Engineering at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy and the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Knatz was the first woman to serve as the executive director for the Port of Los Angeles, the top port by container volume in the United States. Serving from 2006 to 2013, she made many improvements to the port, including implementing the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan, the Green Port Policy, and the Truck Trip Reduction Program.


Abbas to lead CREATE, Department of Homeland Security research center at USC

August 16, 2014

Dr. Ali E. Abbas has been named the new director of USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), the nation’s first U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Research Center of Excellence starting August 16, 2014. CREATE is jointly housed in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

USC announces new safety measures

August 8, 2014

The University of Southern California is announcing a number of new measures to further improve what is already one of the most sophisticated and far-reaching security and safety programs in higher education. These enhancements, which are focused on increasing safety on University Park Campus and the surrounding neighborhood, include increased year-round deployment of neighborhood security ambassadors, further improvements in technology, additional security personnel, improved wait times for Campus Cruiser, enhanced mandatory safety education and more. Read more »

Gioia quoted in National Review

August 4, 2014

National Review cited USC Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture Dana Gioia about the need for beauty.

Ginsburg examines factors determining healthcare costs

July 30, 2014

Vox featured a symposium by Professor Paul Ginsburg of the USC Price School, in which he discussed critical issues that will determine the future cost of healthcare. One such issue is the overall economy. Despite encouraging signs of economic growth, “the question is whether this will lead to faster growth of GDP than we’ve had, or whether this will falter again,” Ginsburg said.

Twenty-six college students took part in the 2014 Summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color. (Photo by Julie Kim)

USC leads workshop to diversify planning field, PhD programs

July 29, 2014

A summer workshop co-hosted by the USC Price School of Public Policy to encourage students from underrepresented groups to pursue doctoral degrees in planning expanded in its second year, following a highly successful launch in 2013. Professor Marlon Boarnet started the Summer Pre-Doctoral Workshop for Students of Color last year as a pilot program in partnership with the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP).

In Memoriam: Nick Fagnano

July 28, 2014

On behalf of the entire USC Sol Price School of Public Policy community, I extend our heartfelt condolences to the parents, family, and friends of Nick Fagnano, who passed away tragically following injuries related to yesterday’s lightning storm at Venice Beach. Nick was to begin this fall at USC Price as a transfer student to our undergraduate program in policy, planning, and development. He looked forward to becoming a member of the Trojan Family and […]

An update on Xinran Ji from Provost Garrett

July 28, 2014

As we mourn the tragic death of Xinran JI, I am writing to share news about the progress of the investigation of this crime. Today the Los Angeles Police Department informed us that they have arrested the suspects. Our understanding from the LAPD is that these suspects had allegedly committed at least one other street robbery in another area of Los Angeles and that they were apprehended hours after the attack on Xinran. Read more »