USC Price School of Public Policy

Ph.D. Students

Sarah Axeen

Sarah Mawhorter

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
axeen@usc.edu

Education:
B.A. in Public Policy Analysis and Politics, Pomona College

Research Interests:
Health economics, health policy, policy evaluation, economics of addiction, public health, health services research

Dissertation:
Essays in Opioid Use and Abuse

Committee Chair: Dr. Dana Goldman


Sandip Chakrabarti

Sandip Chakrabarti

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development
sandipch@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor of Architecture (B.Arch, Honors), Jadavpur University
Master of City Planning (MCP), Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India

Research Interests:
Transportation – land use relationships; travel demand analysis, modeling, simulation, and forecasting; travel time reliability studies; public transit planning and policy; integrated multi-modal corridor monitoring and management; regional transportation system monitoring; parking studies; impact and risk analysis of major capital projects; high-speed railway planning; GIS and spatial analysis; urban economics; innovative applications of big data

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Genevieve Giuliano


Andy Hong

Andy Hong

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development
esokhong@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor of Science, Informatics, Geography (minor), University of Washington, Seattle
Master of Public Administration (MPA), University of Washington, Seattle
Master of Urban Planning (MUP), University of Washington, Seattle

Research Interests:
Transportation, built environment, and health; integrated health impact analysis of physical activity, air pollution, and social justice; environmental sensing and real-time data collection; spatial and temporal data analysis; travel behavior analysis and survey; promotion of active transportation (walking, bicycling, and public transit)

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Marlon Boarnet


Yuting Hou

Yuting Hou

Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development
yutingho@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor of Engineering, Wuhan University
Master of Science in Human Geography, Peking University

Research Interests:
Urban/regional spatial structure, agglomeration economies and industrial clustering, applied spatial analysis, land use and transportation interactions

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Christian Redfearn


Jenneille Hsu

Jenneille Hsu

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
jenneilh@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Economics, National Taiwan University
Master of Public Policy, UCLA

Research Interests:
Environmental policy, economic development, governance, land use policy, non-profit management, urban economics, sustainable cities, renewable energy policy

Committee Chair: Dr. Shui Yan Tang


Eunok Im

Eunok Im

Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development
eunokim@usc.edu

Education:
B.A. in Public Administration, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea
Master of Public Administration, Indiana University at Bloomington

Research Interests:
Collaborative governance, urban renewal, institutional analysis, social network

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Heikkila


Eunha Jun

Eunha Jun

Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development
eunhajun@usc.edu

Education:
B.A. in Economics, Seoul National University
M.A. in Economics, Seoul National University

Research Interests:
Economic development, economic urban geography, urban and regional economics, human capital, urban growth

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Gordon


Sanggyun Kang

Sanggyun Kang

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development
sanggyuk@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor of Science in Urban Engineering, Hong-Ik University
Master of Science in Urban Planning, Columbia University

Research Interests:
Public transit planning and policy analysis, urban labor markets-transportation interaction, transportation planning and policy analysis in transitional economies

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Genevieve Giuliano


Youngmi Lee

Youngmi Lee

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
youngmil@usc.edu

Education:
B.A., Arts & Public Administration, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea M.A., Public Administration, Seoul National University

Research Interests:
Nonprofit management, cross-sectoral partnership, civic engagement, and organization theory

Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Suarez


Hui Li

Hui Li

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
lihui@usc.edu

Education:
B.A. in Urban Management (with distinction), Renmin University of China
M.A. in Urban Planning and Management, Renmin University of China

Research and Teaching Interests:
Public and nonprofit management, organization theory, civic engagement, networks, quantitative and qualitative methods

Dissertation:
“A Study of Chinese Environmental NGOs: Towards a Theory of NGO Development in China”

Committee Chair: Dr. Shui-Yan Tang


Michael Cheng-Yi Lin

Michael Cheng-Yi Lin

Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development
chengyil@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, National Taipei University of Technology
Master’s degrees in Architecture and Urban Design, National Taipei University of Technology

Research Interests:
Economic growth and cities, land use planning, urban development, urban economics

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter Gordon


Jia Lu

Jia Lu

Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development
jlu1@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Economics, University of Colorado at Denver
Master’s degree in Economics, University of Oregon
Master’s degree in Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests:
Civil society, planning theory, resilience, governance, disaster and risk management, social network analysis

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Tridib Banerjee


Sarah Mawhorter

Sarah Mawhorter

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development
smawhort@usc.edu

Education:
B.A. in Art History and English, Carleton College
Master of Planning, University of Southern California

Research Interests:
Housing, neighborhood change, demography, land use, urban development

Dissertation:
Reshaping Los Angeles: Housing Affordability and Neighborhood Change

Faculty Advisors: Dr. Dowell Myers and Dr. Richard Green


Vincent Reina

Vincent Reina

Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management
vreina@usc.edu

Education:
B.S. in Urban Studies (with honors), Cornell University
M.Sc. in Comparative Social Policy (with a concentration in evidence-based social interventions), Oxford University
MBA (with a concentration in Economics and Real Estate), New York University

Research Interests:
Community development, economic development, environmental policy, housing, land use, program evaluation, real estate, social justice, urban economics

Committee Chairs: Raphael Bostic and Gary Painter


Jovanna Rosen

Jovanna Rosen

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development
jovannar@usc.edu

Education:
B.A. in Geography and Political Science, University of California at Berkeley
Master of City Planning, University of California at Berkeley

Research Interests:
Community and economic development, social and environmental justice, sustainable communities

Faculty Advisor: Lisa Schweitzer


Brettany Shannon

Brettany Shannon

Ph.D. in Urban Planning and Development
bkshanno@usc.edu

Education:
B.A. in Psychology and B.A. in Sociology, Vanderbilt University
Master of Planning, University of Southern California

Research Interests:
Community development, community planning, cultural landscapes, cultural economy, digital media, media arts, public space, the public realm, comparative urbanism

Faculty Advisor: Dr. David Sloane


Vivian Wang

Vivian Wang

Ph.D. in Policy, Planning, and Development
vivian.ho@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

Research Interests:
Economic development, cultural industry, restaurants, social media

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Currid-Halkett