USC Price School of Public Policy


Krieger on what makes someone an innovator, entrepreneur

July 17, 2015

Inside Higher Ed’s “Academic Minute” featured an interview with USC Price Professor Martin Krieger about the nature of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Krieger looked at how these traits are manifested in historical figures such as St. Augustine and Moses, and present-day mothers raising the next generation.


Southers featured on NBC News with Al Sharpton, discusses recent TN attacks

July 17, 2015

NBC News’ “PoliticsNation with Al Sharpton” interviewed Erroll Southers of the USC Price School about the recent shootings in Tennessee and South Carolina. The contemporary definition of terrorism has expanded beyond state-sponsored groups to now include “individuals or non-governmental groups,” Southers explained. “There are three things we really need to think about [regarding] terrorism. We need to think about the threat or the use of violence, we need to look at whether the targets of those violent acts are civilians, and then we need to determine whether or not a political objective was met,” he said. Southers, a noted terrorism expert, is the author of the book Homegrown Violent Extremism.

11 Mexican postdoctoral fellows coming to USC

July 17, 2015

USC and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) have announced the selection of 11 researchers from Mexico who will join USC this fall as part of a new initiative to jointly fund them as postdoctoral fellows for up to two years. Among this group is Iván Farías Pelcastre, a public policy researcher, who will work with Robert Suro at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Student research validates community-building efforts of San Diego YMCA

July 16, 2015

A detailed report produced by Master of Public Policy students at the USC Price School of Public Policy validated that a Price Philanthropies partnership with a YMCA in San Diego is having the intended effect of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together to participate in programs that emphasize youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

California overestimates population growth, Myers notes

July 15, 2015

Zocalo Public Square cited research by Professor Dowell Myers of the USC Price School and Manuel Pastor of the USC Dornsife College regarding stagnant population growth in California. The article was also published in the San Francisco Chronicle.

Kim’s new book transforms perception of public space

July 15, 2015

Ho Chi Minh City is known for having sidewalks bustling with action. Street vendors set up shop to sell a variety of foods and merchandise, creating a social atmosphere with people of different classes lingering to chat over snacks and drinks. To many city officials, it was an unsightly mess that needed to be cleared off and modernized to impress tourists. To USC Price Associate Professor Annette Kim, it was beautiful. With her newly published book Sidewalk City: Remapping Public Space in Ho Chi Minh City (University of Chicago Press, 2015), Kim uses critical cartography and spatial ethnography to provide new insights into the value and potential of this contested public space.

Price, Viterbi partner to establish new Center on Decisions and Ethics

July 10, 2015

Dean Jack H. Knott of the Price School of Public Policy and Dean Yannis C. Yortsos of the Viterbi School of Engineering announced the creation of a new Center on Decisions and Ethics at the two schools, effective Aug. 16. The mission of the new center is to enhance the scholarship and education of decision analysis and to increase sensitivity towards ethical considerations in academia, industry, government and society at large.

U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic 
Development Jay Williams at Manufacturing Roundtable 
hosted by USC Center for Economic Development
(Photo by Gus Ruelas)

Regional effort lands $2.5 million to spur manufacturing economy

July 10, 2015

Federal and local lawmakers converged on USC to announce $2.5 million in funding for the USC Price School Center for Economic Development to work with regional partners to reinvent how economic development is done in manufacturing in Southern California. Last year, the center partnered with L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti in the effort to compete for the federal designation as a “Manufacturing Community.”The designation gives preferential access to $1.3 billion in government funding to this region and the 11 other designated manufacturing communities across the country.


US Commerce Department awards $2.5M grant for USC-LA manufacturing job initiative

July 9, 2015

CBS News Los Angeles affiliate KCAL-TV featured a $2.5 million grant to a USC-led partnership that will help stimulate advanced manufacturing job growth in the L.A.-area. Jay Williams, assistant secretary of commerce, announced the grant at the USC Price School. “One job in the aerospace manufacturing industry supports five jobs in other segments of the economy,” Williams said.

Suro discusses Latinos being majority of California population

July 8, 2015

The Associated Press quoted Roberto Suro, USC Price professor and director of the Tomas Rivera Policy Institute, about Latinos becoming the majority ethnic group in California. Suro was also quoted by United Press International, Reuters, RT, and LAist.