Knowledge in Action


USC Price researchers routinely put their knowledge into action, engaging with decision makers at the international, national, state, and local levels.

USC Price School of Public Policy faculty are distinguished scholars and professionals who share a deep and abiding commitment to research and teaching. Their diverse academic backgrounds include economics, international relations, urban planning, organizational behavior, philosophy, political science, psychology, public administration, public policy, sociology, and social ethics.

“At the Price School, faculty strive to conduct high-impact research that advances knowledge and addresses critical challenges in society.”

Alice Chen
USC Price Vice Dean for Research

“I had access to world-renowned faculty members in health policy and economics. I had a lot of people to go to with my questions and ideas, and I got to see the [beginning-to-end] process of research in academia in a hands-on way, with a group of people who were really supportive.”

Sarah Axeen PhD ’16
Researcher at the USC Schaeffer Center and assistant professor at the Keck School of Medicine of USC

Price Faculty

NamePositionExpertiseRelated Tags
Ali E. AbbasProfessor of Industrial and Systems Engineering and Public PolicyDecision analysis, risk analysis, multi-attribute utility theory, information theory, Bayesian analysis, and data-based decision making
Emma AguilaAssociate ProfessorEconomics of aging, health economics, and applied econometrics
Grace BahngProfessor (Teaching)
Program Director, Undergraduate Program in Public Policy
Policy analysis, experiential learning, community development, international development
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
Antonio M. BentoProfessorEnvironmental and energy economics, urban economics, public economics, transportation policy, climate policy, environmental regulation
Tara BlancAssociate Professor (Teaching)Civic engagement, leadership, public service ethics, political behavior
Marlon BoarnetMarlon BoarnetProfessor
Director, METRANS Transportation Center
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)
Program Director, Real Estate Development Program, USC Price Wilbur H. Smith III Department of Real Estate Development
Principles of real estate, real estate finance, real estate development
Wändi Bruine de BruinProvost Professor of Public Policy, Psychology, and Behavioral Science
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  • Psychology of risk perception and communication
  • Health behavior and patient decision making
  • Public perceptions of climate change and sustainability
  • Economic expectations and financial decision making
  • Behavior change interventions
  • Social science of science communication
  • Age differences in decision making and well-being
Alice ChenAssociate Professor
Vice Dean for Research
Health economics, labor economics, applied microeconomics
Santina Contreras - HeadshotSantina ContrerasAssistant ProfessorEnvironmental Planning, Natural Hazards, Community Engagement, International Development, Engineering for Development
Spencer CoutsAssistant ProfessorAlternative investments, commercial real estate finance, and institutional investment
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
Phil Dalton headshotPhil DaltonProfessor of Practice of Health Policy and Management Health policy and management, community health needs, national health care delivery, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions
Jorge de la RocaJorge De la RocaAssociate ProfessorUrban economics, labor economics, economic geography, urban migration
Moussa Diop headshotMoussa DiopAssistant ProfessorRental markets, real estate finance, mortgage securitization, corporate real estate, international real estate investment
Jason DoctorThe Norman Topping National Medical Enterprise Chair in Medicine and Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy
Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management
Director of Health Informatics, USC Schaeffer Center
Physician behavior and psychology, behavioral economics and health, patient choice and decision making, health policy and implementation, treatment preferences, prescriptions, health informatics
Nicolas DuquetteAssociate ProfessorNonprofit economics, public finance, economic history
Nicole E. EsparzaAssociate ProfessorNonprofit organizations, networks, philanthropy, and urban inequality
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
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
Paul B. GinsburgProfessor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management
Senior Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center
Health policy, health care financing and delivery, health care markets
Genevieve GiulianoProfessor
Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government
Transportation policy, metropolitan spatial structure, travel demand, urban transportation
Dana GoldmanDana GoldmanDean of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Chair
Leonard D. Schaeffer Director’s Chair, Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy, Pharmacy, and Economics
Health economics and finance, health policy, the role of prevention in healthcare, healthcare reform, pharmaceutical regulation and innovation, precision medicine, value of delayed aging
Elizabeth GraddyProfessor
Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy
Executive Vice Provost
Institutional economics, governance, nonprofit organizations,industry structure
Alexandra Graddy-ReedAssistant Professor of Public PolicyPublic economics, philanthropy and nonprofits, social innovation, science and innovation policy, research and development
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
Howard GreenwaldProfessorHealth service delivery, organizational behavior, survey design
Christian Grose headshotChristian GroseProfessor of Political Science and International Relations 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.
Michael E. HarrisProfessor of the Practice of Health Services Administration and PolicyHealth care contracting, health care policy and reform, emerging health care delivery business models, health care innovation and its impact on health care delivery systems, health care prevention, wellness, patient access
Eric HeikkilaProfessorUrban development, economic development, East Asian cities, urban economics, urban information systems
Jakub HlavkaJakub P. HlávkaResearch Assistant Professor Health economics and finance, health policy and healthcare reform, pharmaceutical regulation and innovation, Alzheimer’s disease, data privacy and security
Jeffery A. JenkinsProfessor
Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law
Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Citizenship and Democratic Values
Director, PIPE Collaborative
American political institutions and development, Congress, political parties, lawmaking, separation-of-powers, political economy
Rym KakiAssociate Professor (Teaching)
Program Director, Master of Public Administration
Interim Leadership, International Public Policy and Management program
Public and non-profit organizations management, public policy analysis, urban poverty policy, social entrepreneurship, institutional design, program evaluation and social impact assessment
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
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
Geraldine Knatz headshotGeraldine KnatzProfessor of the Practice of Policy and EngineeringSeaport policy and management, maritime transportation, international trade, seaport sustainability, environmental impact analysis
Darius LakdawallaProfessor
Quintiles Chair in Pharmaceutical Development and Regulatory Innovation
Director of Research, USC Schaeffer Center
William LeachProfessor (Teaching)Collaborative governance, planning, social policy, environmental policy, health policy, marine aquaculture
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
Julie MarshJulie MarshProfessor of Education Policy and Public PolicyK-12 Education Policy and Governance, Accountability, Teacher Incentive Programs, Data-Driven Reforms, School District Reform, School Choice, Equity-Oriented Reforms, Literacy Coaching
Pamela McCannAssociate ProfessorAmerican political institutions, bureaucratic delegation, intergovernmental politics, legislative behavior, public policy, and policy diffusion
T.J. McCarthyT.J. McCarthyAssociate Professor (Teaching)Labor economics, health economics, economics of education, public economics, program evaluation
Daniel McFaddenPresidential Professor of Health Economics
Glenn MelnickProfessor
Blue Cross of California Chair in Health Care Finance
Health economics, health finance, health care systems, managed care
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
Karen MulliganResearch Assistant ProfessorHealth economics, applied microeconometrics, labor economics
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.
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
Deborah J. NatoliProfessor (Teaching) Governance and ManagementAdult development and learning, leadership, human behavior and organizations, depth psychology and psychoanalysis
Michael B. NicholProfessor
Associate Vice Provost for Online Education
Health policy, health care cost and resource utilization, health state preference assessment, cost-effectiveness
Lisa OzaetaAssistant Professor (Teaching)Health care finance, law, strategy
Rosalie Pacula headshot web sizeRosalie PaculaElizabeth Garrett Chair in Health Policy, Economics, and Law, and ProfessorEconomics of addiction, market for addictive goods, addiction policy, delivery and financing of addiction treatment, cannabis and opioid policy
Gary Dean PainterGary Dean PainterProfessor
Director, Homelessness Policy Research Institute
Social Innovation, Housing economics, Urban economics, education policy, program evaluation.
Mark Phillips HeadshotMark PhillipsAssociate Professor (Teaching)
Program Director, Master of Public Policy and Master of Public Policy Data Science
Public finance, tax compliance, policy salience, applied microeconomics
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
Kelly Rawlings headshotKelly RawlingsAssociate Professor (Teaching)Civic engagement and public participation, organizational behavior, nonprofit leadership and management, transformational leadership and change
Christian L. RedfearnAssociate Professor
Borstein Family Endowed Professor of Real Estate
Public policy, urban economics, housing markets, real estate finance
Bill Resh headshotWilliam G. ReshAssociate Professor
C.C. Crawford Professor in Management and Performance
Public 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
John Romley HeadshotJohn A. RomleyAssociate Professor
Economist, Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
Hospital industry, Health-care productivity / efficiency, Environmental health disparities
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
Leonard D. SchaefferJudge Robert Maclay Widney Chair
SchwarzeneggerArnold SchwarzeneggerGovernor Downey Professor of State and Global Policy
Chairman, USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy
Lisa SchweitzerProfessorEnvironmental justice, Sustainable transportation, Hazardous materials in urban environments, Community environmental quality
David SloanDavid SloaneProfessor
Chair, Department of Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis
Urban history, community health planning, health disparities, cultural landscapes
Neeraj SoodProfessorInfectious diseases, health care costs, global health, economic epidemiology, health insurance markets and benefits design, medical innovation and regulatory policy, Medicare and aging
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
Roberto SuroProfessor
Associate Director, USC Sol Price Center for Social Innovation
Immigration, Hispanic immigration, immigration policy
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 Public Policy 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
Bryan TysingerResearch Assistant Professor
Director, Health Policy Microsimulation, USC Schaeffer Center
Fellow, USC Schaeffer Center
Modeling health and economic outcomes over the life course; dynamic microsimulation modeling; valuing the burden of disease, medical innovation, and disease prevention; international comparisons of health policy solutions; Alzheimer's disease and related dementias
Detlof von WinterfeldtProfessor of Public Policy
Executive Director, USC Center for Sustainability Solutions
Decision analysis, risk analysis, environmental policy, behavioral decision research, homeland security
Dan Wei headshotDan WeiResearch Associate ProfessorEnergy and Climate Policy, Energy and Environmental Economics, Economics of Natural and Man-made Disasters
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
Julie M. ZissimopoulosAssociate Professor
Director, Research Training, USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics
Economics of aging, economics of the family, labor economics, health economics

Visiting Scholars

NamePositionExpertiseRelated Tags
Jevay GroomsJevay GroomsVisiting Scholar
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics at Howard University
Applied microeconomics, health economics, international economics, public economics, public policy

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