Making government and civil society more effective

Since 1929, the USC Price School has earned broad distinction as a robust empirical resource that shapes and leads the study of governance and civic engagement. Price faculty produce widely cited research and engage public officials as a result of their shared commitment to making government and civil society more effective.

Governance Impact

How USC Price is informing policy decisions and making an impact in the community

“Furthering scholarship that advances society through better governance, better leadership, and better cooperation among sectors is one of the most critical courses of study in the 21st century.”

Jack H. Knott
Dean and the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair of the Sol Price School of Public Policy

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Stories featuring USC Price research and expertise

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USC Price faculty and students share their expertise in policy areas that are shaping the world.

Robert Denhardt

“I’ve always tried to be particularly attentive to making sure our academic concerns are addressing issues people have in the real world.”

Robert Denhardt
Past recipient of the Harry Scoville Award for Academic Achievement
by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Southern California Chapter

Academic Programs related to Governance

We offer a wide range of degrees to suit the interests and professional goals of our students

Governance Faculty

Explore USC Price faculty and their cross-disciplinary scholarship

Ali E. AbbasProfessor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Public Policy
Director, Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making (DECIDE)
Decision analysis, risk analysis, multi-attribute utility theory, information theory, Bayesian analysis, and data-based decision making
Emma AguilaAssistant ProfessorEconomics of aging, health economics, and applied econometrics
Terry L. CooperProfessor
The Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values
Administrative ethics, administrative theory, citizen participation, neighborhood organizations, role of citizens
Janet DenhardtChester A. Newland Professor of Public AdministrationOrganizational behavior, leadership, citizen engagement, governance
Kathleen M. DohertyAssistant ProfessorAmerican political institutions, bureaucratic delegation, administrative expertise, political and judicial oversight of the bureaucracy, public policy, pharmaceutical drug policy
James M. FerrisProfessor
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 J. GeffnerProfessor of the Practice of Governance, Management and Policy
Director, Executive Master of Leadership
Strategy, executive leadership, transformation and change
Elizabeth GraddyProfessor
Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy
USC Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs
Institutional economics, governance, nonprofit organizations,industry structure
Jeffery A. JenkinsProvost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law
Judith & John Bedrosian Chair of Governance and the Public Enterprise
Director, Bedrosian Center
Director, PIPE Collaborative
American political institutions and development, Congress, political parties, lawmaking, separation-of-powers, political economy
Janna KingAssistant ProfessorU.S. political institutions and the policy process, the presidency, Congress, executive branch agencies
Jack H. KnottDean
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair and Professor
Political institutions and public policy, health policy, and public management
William LeachAssociate Professor (Teaching)Collaborative governance, economics, planning, social policy, environmental policy, health policy
Daniel A. MazmanianProfessor of Public PolicyEnvironmental policy, policy implementation, sustainable communities, political science
Pamela McCannAssistant ProfessorAmerican political institutions, bureaucratic delegation, intergovernmental politics, legislative behavior, public policy, and policy diffusion
Juliet Ann MussoAssociate Professor
Vice Chair, Department of Governance, Management and the Policy Process
Field Coordinator, Public Administration Programs
Federalism, urban political economy, fiscal policy, community governance, neighborhood organizations
Deborah J. NatoliAssociate Professor (Teaching)
Director, Professional Doctorate Program
Adult development and learning, leadership, human behavior and organizations, depth psychology and psychoanalysis
Mark PisanoProfessor of the Practice of Public AdministrationRegional planning, transportation, housing, development, environmental policy, enterprise financing, institutional design
Kelly RawlingsAssociate Professor (Teaching)Civic engagement and public participation, organizational behavior, nonprofit leadership and management, transformational leadership and change
William G. ReshAssociate ProfessorPublic Management, US presidency and executive politics, policy implementation, organization theory, personnel policy, organizational behavior
Peter J. RobertsonAssociate ProfessorOrganizational theory and behavior, organizational change, ecological governance, collaborative organizing, interorganizational networks
Erroll G. SouthersProfessor of the Practice in National and Homeland Security
Director, Safe Communities Institute
Director of Homegrown Violent Extremism Studies
Director of International Programs, USC CREATE
Counterterrorism, homegrown violent extremism, school violence prevention
Lois 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
Jeffrey W. TalleyProfessor of the Practice of Public Policy & EngineeringIntersection of engineering, business and public policy, including public-private partnerships, and technology’s impact on society, business, and government
Shui Yan TangProfessor
Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor in Public Administration
Chair, Department of Governance, Management and the Policy Process
Environmental policy, organizational commitment, institutional analysis, microcredit, common-pool resources
Michael ThomAssociate Professor (Teaching)Taxation; public finance; regulatory policy; public policy analysis; political philosophy
Frank V. ZerunyanProfessor of the Practice of Governance
Director, Executive Education
Local Governments, Administrative Law, Public Private Partnerships, Leadership, Negotiation, and Executive Education
Featured Research Center

Bedrosian Center

Capitol building reflected on the water

The Bedrosian Center on Governance, an applied research center at the USC Price School, is dedicated to understanding and fostering effective democratic governance as an essential component of strengthening communities. The center convenes public discussions on pressing national issues; it engages directly with local elected officials through its Executive Education Forum on Policy; and it offers grants to USC faculty to research vital governance issues.
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Featured Research Center

California Civic Engagement Project

The California Civic Engagement Project at the USC Price School in Sacramento conducts research to inform policy and on-the-ground efforts for a more engaged and representative democracy, improving the social and economic quality of life in communities.


The CCEP is engaging in pioneering research to identify disparities in civic participation across place and population. Its work empowers policy and organizing efforts across California aimed at reducing gaps in state and regional patterns of well-being and opportunity.

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Featured Research Center

Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making

Jointly housed at the Marshall School of Business, the Price School of Public Policy and the Viterbi School of Engineering, the Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making works to inspire and develop leaders dedicated to making effective, ethical and legal decisions.


The Neely Center is an incubator of scholarly research, cutting-edge educational programs, and a facilitator of discourse. Its research focuses on personal, societal, and business ethics, corporate culture, public policy ethics, and engineering ethics arising from the intersections of humans and technology.

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Featured Research Center

Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy

The USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy focuses on the responsibility of leaders to implement policies that most benefit the people they serve. Through post-partisan collaboration, the Institute works to develop real-world, sustainable solutions in five priority areas: education; energy and environment; fiscal and economic policy; health and human wellness; and political reform, including redistricting and open primaries.

Visit the Schwarzenegger Institute website