USC Price School of Public Policy

Events and News

Spring 2014

Denhardts’ article among Public Administration Review’s most influential

Congratulations to Dr. Robert Denhardt and Dr. Janet Denhardt for their article being recognized by the Public Administration Review as being one of the most influential articles ever published in the journal.

By Mike Gaetani

Professors Robert and Janet Denhardt

A landmark article co-authored by USC Price School of Public Policy professors Robert Denhardt and Janet Denhardt published in Public Administration Review, “The New Public Service: Serving Rather than Steering,” has been selected as one of the 75 most influential articles ever to appear in the journal.

The article, published in 2000, was chosen from more than 3,500 articles that have appeared within PAR’s pages since its inception in 1940.

Both Robert and Janet will discuss their work – including their article and subsequent book of the same title, now in its third edition – and its impact at the American Society of Public Administration’s annual national conference later this month in Washington, D.C. Public Administration Review is ASPA’s premier journal for those working in, studying or teaching public management.

The selection of the 75 most influential PAR articles celebrates ASPA’s milestone of 75 years dedicated to the professionalization of public service.

In 2013, Janet, the Chester A. Newland Professor of Public Administration and director of the USC Price School in Sacramento, received the Charles Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration, presented jointly by ASPA and the National Association of School of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). In addition, Robert, who directs USC Price’s leadership programs including the Executive Master of Leadership degree, is a past national president of ASPA.

Summer 2013

Alum Ricardo Lara EML ’10 featured in Los Angeles Times


State Senator Ricardo Lara, a former EML student, was profiled in the L.A. Times on July 27 as “The point man in the push for immigrant rights.” Quoting from the article, Lara has “emerged in recent years as a key figure in the push for immigrant rights — the point man on the caucus’ often controversial agenda. His out-front role frequently puts him at odds with those who oppose the use of taxpayer resources to benefit people in the country illegally.”

Senator Lara’s legislative record includes many important victories for immigrant rights. “He has helped pass college scholarships for undocumented students, more on-the-job protection for California farmworkers and a law preventing police from seizing undocumented drivers’ cars, among other policy changes. That’s a turnabout in a state where less than 20 years ago voters passed Proposition 187, containing some of the harshest treatment in the nation for those here illegally. The measure would have cut off government services to such immigrants but was voided by the courts.”

“I just hope,” said Lara, “that one day we get to the point where we embrace our diversity, we embrace our differences.”

EML launches “Leadership@USC” online magazine on Flipboard

The Executive Master of Leadership program has established a new Flipboard magazine called “Leadership@USC.”

Flipboard, the app, can be downloaded at or through the various app stores. While Flipboard is best viewed on an iPad, Kindle Fire, or similar device, it is now available for desktop or laptop use as well.

Once you sign into Flipboard, go to the search box at the upper right of the screen and enter Leadership@USC. You will then be able to access the magazine and “subscribe” to it (include it in your list of favorites).

Leadership@USC will help students, alumni, and friends of the program keep up with some of the latest articles and blogs on leadership today. It will also be used to house articles to be used in EML classes.