Department of Governance and Management

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In USC Price’s Department of Governance and Management, we are committed to research, education and community service. Through these three avenues, our goal is to advance public value, democracy, social justice, innovation and collaboration.

As a student in our department, you will be prepared to succeed as a collaborative and ethical leader for public, nonprofit and private organizations that advance the interests of diverse communities. Our holistic curriculum includes real-world connections, as our department works closely with local, national and international professionals in myriad fields. Our expert faculty conduct cutting-edge research that regularly influences the fields of governance, leadership and public and nonprofit management – and importantly, are ready to help you succeed.

The reach of those who graduate from Department of Governance and Management programs is expansive. Our alumni serve as city managers, fire chiefs, elected representatives, foundation and nonprofit executives, international development consultants, and other leadership positions in governance and management. Join our mission as we prepare the next generation of public and nonprofit sector leaders, managers and social innovators.

Shui Yan Tang
Professor & Chair
Department of Governance and Management

Department Chairs

Shui Yan Tang headshot

Shui Yan Tang

Professor, Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration Chair, Department of Governance and Management

Rym Kaki

Rym Kaki

Associate Professor (Teaching)
Vice Chair of the Department of Governance and Management

Academic Programs

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Master of Public Administration

The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers a professional education designed to prepare students for the challenges and opportunities of a career in public management or in related public and private firms. 

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Master of Public Administration Online

The Price School Master of Public Administration develops collaborative and innovative leaders to manage complex organizations and serve the public good, at home and abroad.

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Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management

The USC Price School’s Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management (MNLM) degree provides the critical skills and training necessary to lead complex nonprofit organizations. Students work closely with leading nonprofit executives, augmenting the classroom curriculum with real-world field work. 

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Executive Master of Leadership

USC’s Executive Master of Leadership (EML) program is designed for experienced professionals ready to take their leadership to the next level within a complex environment and/or organization.

Department Faculty

Christine Beckman headshotChristine M. BeckmanThe Price Family Chair in Social Innovation and Professor of Public PolicySocial innovation and inequality, organizational learning and interorganizational networks, entrepreneurship and social entrepreneurship, technology and work, organizational control
Tara BlancAssociate Professor (Teaching)Civic engagement, leadership, public service ethics, political behavior
Nicolas DuquetteAssociate ProfessorNonprofit economics, public finance, economic history
Nicole E. EsparzaAssociate ProfessorNonprofit organizations, networks, philanthropy, and urban inequality
James M. FerrisProfessor
Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs
Emery Evans Olson Chair in Non-Profit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Director, Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy
Philanthropy, nonprofit economics, public finance, public policy, institutional analysis
Carol GeffnerCarol J. GeffnerProfessor of the Practice of Governance and Management
Director, Executive Master of Leadership
Strategy, executive leadership, transformation and change
Howard GreenwaldProfessorHealth service delivery, organizational behavior, survey design
Christian Grose headshotChristian GroseAssociate Professor of Political Science and Public PolicyAmerican government, political institutions; political representation; the politics of the policy-making process; electoral behavior and campaigns; race, ethnicity, and politics; political and electoral reforms; field and survey experimental techniques to study the behavior of legislators, candidates, and other political elites.
Rym KakiAssociate Professor (Teaching)
Vice Chair of the Department of Governance and Management
Public and non-profit organizations management, public policy analysis, urban poverty policy, social entrepreneurship, institutional design, program evaluation and social impact assessment
Dora VertentenDora Kingsley VertentenProfessor (Teaching)
Faculty Director, Master of Public Administration Online
Public policy, intergovernmental management, non-profit management, strategic planning, social media and information technologies useful in collaborative and participatory democracy
William LeachProfessor (Teaching)Collaborative governance, planning, social policy, environmental policy, health policy, marine aquaculture
Mazmanian headshotDaniel A. MazmanianProfessor of Public PolicyEnvironmental policy, policy implementation, sustainable communities, political science
Juliet Ann Musso headshotJuliet Ann MussoAssociate Professor
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
State and local governance; federalism, urban political economy, fiscal policy, community governance, government performance.
Deborah J. NatoliProfessor (Teaching) Governance and Management
Director, Professional Doctorate Program
Adult development and learning, leadership, human behavior and organizations, depth psychology and psychoanalysis
Gary Dean PainterGary Dean PainterProfessor
Chair, Department of Public Policy
Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
Social Innovation, Housing economics, Urban economics, education policy, program evaluation
Kelly Rawlings headshotKelly RawlingsAssociate Professor (Teaching)Civic engagement and public participation, organizational behavior, nonprofit leadership and management, transformational leadership and change
Bill Resh headshotWilliam G. ReshC.C. Crawford Professor in Management and Performance and Associate ProfessorPublic Management, US presidency and executive politics, policy implementation, organization theory, personnel policy, organizational behavior
Peter Robertson headshot 2019Peter J. RobertsonAssociate ProfessorOrganizational theory and behavior, organizational change, ecological governance, collaborative organizing, interorganizational networks
Mindy RomeroResearch Assistant ProfessorPolitical sociology, voting rights and electoral participation, latino political behavior, collective political behavior, youth civic engagement, identity and political movements, social stratification, new technologies and civic engagement
Erroll G. SouthersProfessor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security
Associate Senior Vice President, Safety and Risk Assurance
Counterterrorism, homegrown violent extremism, school violence prevention
Lois M. Takahashi headshotLois M. TakahashiProfessor (Teaching)
Houston I. Flournoy Professor of State Government
Director, USC Price School in Sacramento
Public and social service delivery to vulnerable populations in the U.S. and in Southeast/South Asian cities
Shui Yan TangProfessor
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration
Chair, Department of Governance and Management
Institutional Analysis and Design; Collaborative Governance; Local and Community-based Governance; Common-Pool Resource Governance; Environmental Politics and Policy; Microfinance
Michael ThomAssociate Professor (Teaching)Taxation; public finance; regulatory policy; public policy analysis; political philosophy
Frank Zerunyan headshotFrank V. ZerunyanProfessor of the Practice of Governance
Director, Executive Education
Director of ROTC Programs
Local Governments, Administrative Law, Public Private Partnerships, Leadership, Negotiation, and Executive Education