Faculty Research Update: May 2018

May 29, 2018

A compilation of recent grant awards, accolades, presentations, journal publications and other notable news about Price School faculty and their research.



Research Awards


  • Gary Painter received an award from the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation to support the project, “How do Los Angeles Residents Cope with Unaffordability?”


Jorge De la Roca

  • Jorge De la Roca presented his paper “City of Dreams” at the Second UCLA Workshop in Regional Economic Development and Innovation (REDI) “Cities of Opportunity or Inequality?”, April 2018
  • Jorge De la Roca presented his paper “City of Dreams” at the Conference on Housing, Urban Development, and the Macroeconomy sponsored by USC Dornsife Institute for New Economic Thinking, April 2018
  • Emma Aguila, Jong Ho Park, and Alma Vega presented “Living Arrangements and Supplemental  Income Programs for Older Adults” at the Population Association of America 2018 Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, April 2018
  • Emma Aguila, Arie Kapteyn, and Alma Eric Meijer presented “Effects of Permanent Income Increases on Neighbors: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial” at the Population Association of America 2018 Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, April 2018
  • Adam Rose presented “Economic Consequences of Seaport Disruptions” at the National Counterterrorism Center, NSA, April 2018
  • Erroll Southers represented USC at the Global Counterterrorism Forum to Address Homegrown Terrorism at Malta University. He was a panelist during the session entitled “Framing the Problem – Specific Issues Regarding the Criminal Justice System and Homegrown Terrorism.” The International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law hosted the forum.
  • Erroll Southers was a panelist at the Bridging Transatlantic Voices Youth Engagement and Mobilization forum, on a session entitled, “Violence Prevention and Intervention.” The British Council, Georgia State University and the Annenberg School of Communication hosted the event.
  • Erroll Southers led a session entitled, “Countering Violent Extremism – Community Strategies” for an international group of subject matter experts invited to the United States under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program. The visitors represented the countries of Bangladesh, Brunei, Egypt, India, Republic of Kosovo, Lebanon, Sweden, Thailand, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and Uganda.
  • Erroll Southers was the keynote speaker for the Graduate Policy Administration Community Spring Banquet.


Research Professor Adam Rose

  • Adam Rose has been appointed as an advisor to the World Bank study on Disasters and Resilient Infrastructure, which will be a report to the G20 Summit in Japan in 2019.
  • Adam Rose has been appointed as an Associate Editor of Natural Hazards Review
  • The Price Center formally launched the Homelessness Policy Research Institute (HPRI), a collaboration with the United Way of Greater Los Angeles’ Home for Good Initiative. HPRI brings together policymakers and local and national researchers to collaborate on timely, actionable research to help end homelessness in LA County. The launch was highlighted in articles in the Long Beach Post, the Los Angeles Business Journal and on NBC News.
  • Sanggyun Kang received the Jack Dyckman Award which recognizes the best dissertation written in the Planning and Development Ph.D. program for his dissertation “Unraveling decentralization of warehousing and distribution centers: three essays
  • Johanna Thunell received the Henry Reining Award which recognizes the best dissertation written in the Public Policy and Management Ph.D. program for her dissertation “The Role of Public Policy in the Decisions of Parents and Caregivers: An Examination of Work, Fertility, and Informal Caregiving”
  • Dr. Christine M. Beckman has joined the faculty of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy as Professor of Governance and Management and as the Price Family Chair in Social Innovation. Professor Beckman’s research focuses on organizational learning, inter-organizational networks, and entrepreneurship, particularly on how collaborative relationships facilitate organizational change. In particular, she has examined the influence of client-firm relationships on gender equity in law firms as well as the influence of female board representation in large and mid-size corporations.