USC Price School of Public Policy

Ph.D. Students

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:
Urban transportation planning and policy analysis, land use-transportation relationships, planning for public transportation systems, planning for parking, transportation mode-choice studies, intelligent transportation systems, traffic incident management

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Genevieve Giuliano


Jennifer M. Connolly

Jennifer M. Connolly

Ph.D. in Public Management and Policy
jennifer.connolly@usc.edu

Education:
Bachelor’s Degrees in Political Science and Journalism, Elon University

Research Interests:
Political institutions, public management, political economy, local government management, personnel and human resource management, managerial risk, and local government budget and finance

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anthony Bertelli


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, including sustainable cities, renewable energy, and alternative fuel vehicles

Faculty Advisor: 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


So Hee Jeon

So Hee Jeon

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

Education:
Bachelor of Law, Seoul National University
Master of Public Administration, Seoul National University

Research Interests:
Organization theory, policy adoption and diffusion, administrative ethics, human resource management, organizational performance

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Peter J. Robertson


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


Cheongsin Kim

Cheongsin Kim

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

Education:
Bachelor in Public Administration, Korea University (Seoul)
Master of Public Administration, Seoul National University

Research Interests:
Local government particularly in California, institutional analysis, government contracting, public financial management, policy evaluation

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Shui Yan Tang


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:
Bachelor of Management, Renmin University of China
Master of Management, Renmin University of China

Research Interests:
Community organization, civic engagement, social network analysis

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Terry L. Cooper


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


Dyana P. Mason

Dyana P. Mason

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

Education:
BA, Political Science and Public Relations, University of Southern California
MBA, The College of William and Mary

Research Interests:
Nonprofit management and governance, charitable giving, political economy and intersectoral collaboration and contracting

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anthony M. Bertelli


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 demography, neighborhood change, housing affordability, immigration

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


Denise Payan

Denise Payan

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

Education:
Bachelor’s degrees in History & Science, Harvard University
Master of Public Policy (Concentration in Health Care Policy), Harvard Kennedy School

Research Interests:
Mandatory menu labeling, anti-obesity policies, health policy, breast cancer disparities, community-based participatory research

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Michael Nichol


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


Weijie Wang

Weijie Wang

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

Education:
Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration Wuhan University
Master of Public Administration, Renmin University of China

Research Interests:
Network governance, comparative public administration and policy, urban governance, civic engagement in the US and China

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Terry L. Cooper


Yadi Zhong

Yadi Zhong

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

Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature, Sichuan University
Master’s Degree in American Studies, Sichuan University

Research Interests:
Change point detection in time series data

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Anthony Bertelli