Nonprofit Scholarship and Research


James Ferris, Ph.D., Founding Director of the Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy; Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy

Ferris teaches courses on philanthropy, the nonprofit sector, public finance and public policy. With a research focus on the shifting roles of the public, nonprofit and for-profit sectors in governance and the economy, Ferris is currently investigating the changing landscape of philanthropy; foundation strategies for public policy engagement; the efficiency of philanthropic markets; and a range of issues related to nonprofit strategy. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, the Nonprofit Policy Forum, and the Journal of Public Administration and Theory.

Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D., Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy; Senior Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs

Graddy teaches courses in quantitative analysis, cross-sectoral governance, and business and government. Her research focus is on the role of nonprofit and business organizations in public service delivery, organizational structure and performance, and how information asymmetry and uncertainty affect institutional design and effectiveness. She is currently studying community-based philanthropic organizations in urban Asian communities and how their operation differs from that of community foundations in the United States, as well as the structure and performance of public-nonprofit-business alliances that provide local public services.

Shui Yan Tang, Ph.D., Professor

With a focus on public policy and administration, environmental management, and community-based governance, Tang was the Director of the Master of Public Administration Program at USC Price from 1995 to 2009 and currently is the Research Director of the Bedrosian Center on Governance and the Public Enterprise. He is studying the emergence of NGOs in China and Korea and their role in policymaking in those countries as well as how the nonprofit sector was involved in the political development of South Korea. He has written and edited dozens of books, journals, academic articles, book reviews and other essays in various publications. He is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Nicole Esparza, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

With a research focus on collaborative networks of organizations and urban inequality, Esparza teaches courses on public policy and management and program evaluation. She is currently studying how social and spatial forces shape the size and growth of the urban nonprofit sector, concentrating on the work of homeless and antipoverty organizations.