USC Price School of Public Policy

Laurie Kaye Nijaki, Ph.D.

Laurie Kaye Nijaki

Erb Institute Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Educational Background:
B.A. Political Science, California State University Los Angeles
Master in Urban Planning, University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development, 2008

About Dr. Nijaki:
Dr. Laurie Kaye Nijaki is an Erb Institute Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research focuses on the sustainable city. She most recently served as the State of California’s principal adviser on green economy research, and spearheaded the implementation of a groundbreaking $500-million community-benefits-agreement for Environmental Defense Fund. She holds a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development from the University of Southern California, where she earned the provost fellowship; a M.A. in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles where her studies were fully funded by the Erin Brockovich Fellowship in Environmental Justice; and a B.A. in Political Science summa cum laude from the Early Entrance Program at California State University, Los Angeles, where she graduated college at the age of 18.