USC Price School of Public Policy


Professor Dan Mazmanian, right, is now Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy. (photo courtesy of Nihad Avdic)

Mazmanian named academic director of USC Schwarzenegger Institute

August 29, 2014

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy has added USC Price School of Public Policy professor and environmental policy expert Dan Mazmanian as academic director, bolstering its efforts to advance research and student education on climate change. “He is a perfect choice for so many reasons, especially with his expertise in environment, energy and climate change, which is an important focus of our institute,” said Arnold Schwarzenegger, chair of the institute and Governor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy at USC.

Currid-Halkett researches London’s impact on ‘star power’

August 17, 2014

The Sunday Times (U.K.) featured research by Associate Professor Elizabeth Currid-Halkett of the USC Price School finding that London has become the most powerful city in the world for boosting the star power of A-list celebrities. Currid-Halkett studied the global travel of celebrities, finding that L.A. remains a hub for celebrity culture, but “London is the place most likely to make or break a star’s reputation.”


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.

Southers explains threat of sovereign citizen movement

August 12, 2014

NNPR News San Antonio affiliate KSTX-FM interviewed Erroll Southers, USC Price adjunct professor and associate director of the CREATE Homeland Security Center, about the sovereign citizen movement.

Pisano outlines how CA agencies can invest in aging infrastructure

August 8, 2014

Fox and Hounds Daily featured a how-to guide co-authored by USC Price Professor Mark Pisano on how California agencies can best invest in aging infrastructure. These proposals “would give communities more authority to build the infrastructure California needs to achieve its growth and sustainability goals,” Pisano said.

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.