Nicole E. Esparza
Director, Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership and Management
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 208
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Phone: (213) 821-4237
Ph.D. in Sociology
Nonprofit organizations, networks, philanthropy, and urban inequality
Nicole Esparza, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the Director of Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership and Management at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She teaches courses on public policy and management and program evaluation. She received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Princeton University in 2007 and spent the past two years as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar at Harvard University.
Nicole’s dissertation examined homeless assistance nonprofits in twenty-six metropolitan areas with a special focus on organizational networks in Los Angeles, Detroit, and Philadelphia. Her current research asks two major questions: How do social, economic, and political forces shape the size and growth of the urban nonprofit sector? How do interorganizational dynamics influence the effectiveness and distribution of services?
Her work has been published in the American Sociological Review and has received support from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.