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“We live in the world’s first urban century. The challenges of our time – climate change, equity and inclusion, sustainable settlements – will play out in cities and communities. USC’s urban planning faculty are thought leaders, ranking among the most cited influencers in urban planning in the U.S. and worldwide.”

Urban Planning and Development Faculty

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Marlon BoarnetProfessor
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Transportation, travel behavior, urban growth patterns, regional science, urban economics
Geoff Boeing headshotGeoff BoeingAssistant Professor of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Director, Urban Data Lab
Transportation networks, urban form, data science, urban informatics
Mary Lynne BoornAssociate Professor (Teaching)
Vice Chair for the USC Price Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development
Principles of real estate, real estate finance, real estate development
Elizabeth Currid-Halkett headshotElizabeth Currid-HalkettProfessor
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning
Economic development, the arts, cultural economy, social networks, urban growth, economic geography
Jorge de La Roca headshotJorge De la RocaAssistant ProfessorUrban economics, labor economics, economic geography, urban migration
headshot of Liz FallettaLiz FallettaProfessor (Teaching)
Vice Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Faculty Director, Executive Master of Urban Planning Degree
Architecture, urban design, design criticism
Genevieve GiulianoProfessor
Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government
Director, METRANS Transportation Center
Transportation policy, metropolitan spatial structure, travel demand, urban transportation
Richard K. GreenProfessor
Director and Chair of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate
Chair, Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development
Economics, housing markets, housing policy, tax policy, transportation, mortgage finance, urban growth
Eric HeikkilaProfessorUrban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems
Annette M. KimAssociate Professor
Director, Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB)
Housing and land use; international development planning; East Asian urbanization; race, arts, and placemaking; critical mapping and urban analytics
Geraldine Knatz headshotGeraldine KnatzProfessor of the Practice of Policy and EngineeringSeaport policy and management, maritime transportation, international trade, seaport sustainability, environmental impact analysis
LaVonna B. LewisTeaching Professor of Public Policy
Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
American politics, public policy (most notably health policy), interest groups, and federal programs
John LoperAssociate Professor (Teaching)Real estate development, real estate finance, urban and suburban development, master planned communities, urban design
Leonard MitchellProfessor of the Practice of Economic Development
Executive Director, Center for Economic Development
Real estate development finance and law, regional and local economic development, economic development finance and law, international trade finance and law
James Moore III headshotJames Elliott Moore, IIProfessorEconomic impact analysis, engineering economics, transportation engineering, urban transportation, infrastructure performance
Dowell Myers headshotDowell MyersProfessor
Director, Population Dynamics Research Group
Demographic change, future of California, housing impacts, workforce and education, immigration and assimilation, communication for consensus about change
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
Jane PisanoProfessorInternational relations, public administration, civic engagement
Mark PisanoProfessor of the Practice of Public AdministrationRegional planning, transportation, housing, development, environmental policy, enterprise financing, institutional design
Christian L. RedfearnAssociate Professor
Borstein Family Endowed Professor of Real Estate
Public policy, urban economics, housing markets, real estate finance
Adam Rose new headshotAdam RoseResearch Professor
Senior Research Fellow, Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Threats and Emergencies (CREATE)
Energy and environmental economics, public policy, natural hazards and terrorism, regional science, applied general equilibrium modeling
Lisa SchweitzerProfessorEnvironmental justice, Sustainable transportation, Hazardous materials in urban environments, Community environmental quality
David SloanDavid SloaneProfessorUrban history, community health planning, health disparities, cultural landscapes
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