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Sociologist Patrick Sharkey discusses research on racial 
equality at Price Center event (Photo by Deirdre Flanagan)
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Sociologist reports only minor progress in racial equality over last 40 years

February 27, 2015

On basic measures of economic status, wealth and earnings, there has been virtually no progress on racial equality since the early 1970s, said sociologist Patrick Sharkey during a lecture hosted by the USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation. Sharkey shared the provocative findings from his book Stuck in Place: Urban Neighborhoods and the End of Progress Toward Racial Equality.

Tang, Pisano win Public Administration Review outstanding article award

February 24, 2015

USC Price School of Public Policy professors Shui-Yan Tang and Mark Pisano were named winners of the Louis Brownlow Award by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for their research paper “Using Common-Pool Resource Principles to Design Local Government Fiscal Sustainability.” The award recognizes the outstanding article for 2014 authored or co-authored by a practitioner in Public Administration Review, a leading scholarly journal in the field.

USC Price Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer
(Phot by Deirdre Flanagan)

Study analyzing public transit stigma on Twitter wins best article in JAPA

February 23, 2015

Public transit agencies using Twitter to chat with users about their experiences receive significantly more positive comments on social media, USC Price Associate Professor Lisa Schweitzer told students at a recent research seminar. The talk was based on Schweitzer’s recent study published in the Journal of the American Planning Association titled “Planning and Social Media: A Case Study of Public Transit and Stigma on Twitter.” The article has been selected by the journal’s associate editors as the best paper in 2014.

CREATE Director Ali Abbas, USC Viterbi Dean Yannis C. 
Yortsos, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, USC 
Price Dean Jack H. Knott and USC Vice President of 
Research Randolph Hall, from left 
(Photo by Srdjan Simonovic)

Homeland Security Chief speaks on transparency, global terrorism

February 19, 2015

U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson discussed transparency, his commitment to risk-based strategy and the current state of the global terrorist threat with students and faculty at a Feb. 12 talk hosted by the National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) at USC.

Minorities are expected to more than double their 
population in the next 40 years, William Frey said.

Demography expert charts America’s ‘Diversity Explosion’

February 19, 2015

The U.S. is undergoing a diversity boom that will have the same kind of impact on the first half of the 21st Century as the Baby Boom had in the last half of the 20th century, demographer William Frey said at a Feb. 9 discussion hosted by the USC Price School of Public Policy’s Tomas Rivera Policy Institute. Frey – a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program – explained the findings from his book Diversity Explosion: How New Racial Demographics are Remaking America.

Washington Post features Schweitzer study on social media impact of public transit

February 13, 2015

The Washington Post featured research by Lisa Schweitzer of the USC Price School and colleagues on the social media impact of various public transit systems, finding that most do a poor job of responding to rider comments. Wired also covered the study, in which Schweitzer recommended public transit systems encourage positive public sentiment by encouraging interactive social media approaches rather than using them for one-way communication. The story was also covered by Daily Mail.

MPA student Qi Yan in Guangxi province, China

USC Price student interns at Gates Foundation in China

February 11, 2015

“I’m more interested in creating an impact on society rather than just making a living,” said Qi Yan, a master of public administration student at the USC Price School of Public Policy. This simple philosophy has taken Yan many places — including the Gates Foundation’s Beijing office, where she worked as a summer intern. At the foundation, she joined the policy advocacy team and helped promote philanthropy in China.