USC Price School of Public Policy

Grace Bahng, Ph.D.

Grace Bahng

Assistant Professor
LA Term Internship Program Director
Department of Global Studies
Azusa Pacific University

Educational Background:
B.S. in Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Master of Public Policy, University of Southern California
Master of Divinity, Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D. in Planning, University of Southern California

About Dr. Bahng:
Dr. Bahng is an Assistant Professor of Global Studies at Azusa Pacific University (APU). Her research interests include: social protection for orphans and vulnerable children, collaboration in microfinance and community development, impact studies in poverty alleviation, and community-based action research. She has taught policy analysis at USC and teaches courses on global poverty, globalization, and international development at APU. In addition, she teaches community development in APU’s Los Angeles Term program and directs its internship program working with nonprofit organizations and promoting community-based experiential learning. Dr. Bahng received the Henry Reining, Jr. Dissertation Award in Public Administration for her research on the impact and implementation of microfinance provision for caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Ethiopia. She has conducted research for the MIT Media Lab, USC’s Collaborative Learning Project, and USC’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture, and World Vision International. Dr. Bahng holds a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California, a M.P.P. from the University of Southern California, and a B.S. in Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In addition, she holds a M.Div from Fuller Theological Seminary and has worked in and with a variety of organizations, including technology start-ups, urban youth organizations, community development organizations, microfinance institutions, local churches, and research institutions over her career.