Recent Books and Book Chapters by Faculty, Students & Alumni


Companion to Urban Design

Tridib Banerjee
Companion to Urban Design (2011)
Tridib Banerjee was approached by Routledge publishing house of London to edit a handbook on urban design. He instead proposed a companion because it is something that can help define the scope and prospects of an emergent field. “This is probably one of the first ‘companions’ in the field of planning, at least, if not public policy more broadly,” Banerjee said. The book brings a significant spotlight to SPPD. Co-editor Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, currently the associate dean of the UCLA School of Public Policy, has a planning Ph.D. and a dual undergraduate degree in planning and architecture from USC. SPPD professors William C. Baer and Martin Krieger contributed chapters, as did former SPPD professors Clara Irazabal and Niraj Verma. Others who wrote chapters were Lois Takahashi, Ajay Garde, Rafael Pizarro, Aseem Inam and Mahyar Arefi, who all received planning Ph.D.s, and Kanishka Goonewardena his MPL, from SPPD.

Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network

Hilda Blanco
“The Role of Urban Land in Climate Change” in Climate Change and Cities: First Assessment Report of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (2011)
Blanco highlights the role of urban land in climate change and the role of urban planning in adapting to its impacts. Urban planning, she notes, will be needed to gauge the strategies required to meet the challenges of climate change, whether they are engineering, regulatory/incentive or retreat strategies. Blanco was a contributing writer for a second chapter, titled “Cities and Climate Change.” The book grew out of a 2008 workshop in New York organized by the Urban Climate Change Research Network, of which Blanco is a member. “I’ve been interested in climate change and sustainability for a long time,” Blanco said. “My master’s project in the early 1980s was a background report for the City of San Francisco’s Energy Policy. But because of other interests and assignments, I was not able to focus on climate change issues until the last few years. Coming to the SPPD and leading the Center for Sustainable Cities, where a major research focus is on climate change and cities, has enabled me to concentrate my research on these topics.”

The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

Terry Cooper
“Citizen-Driven Administration: Civic Engagement in the United States” in The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities (2011)
The chapter addresses the most important recent innovations in civic engagement that impinge most directly on administration. It develops an argument that those important new forms of citizen involvement have occurred at the local level and presents the Los Angeles neighborhood council system as a major case study of these new approaches. Cooper concludes by recommending moving forward with the next step in civic engagement development by linking local governance with state and federal government agencies. Cooper also has a chapter “Administrative Responsibility: The Key to Administrative Ethics” in the Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership that reprints excerpts from his 2006 book The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role.

Romancing the Smokestack

William Fulton
Romancing the Smokestack (2010)
As mayor of Ventura, Fulton has firsthand experience in shaping the economic landscape of a city. Romancing the Smokestack is a collection of columns and essays he has written for Governing magazine over the past 15 years on economic development efforts throughout the country. A senior fellow at SPPD since 2004, Fulton teaches land-use policy making in the MPL program. Fulton finds that taxes and regulations are less important to where businesses locate than people think. Businesses are looking for a trained workforce, density of collaborators, researchers and vendors. Said Fulton: “The best economic development programs these days — and I’m proud to say that I’ve been involved with one as mayor of the City of Ventura — are the ones that nurture the ecosystem needed to sustain a high-growth sector of the economy, not just ones that cut taxes and regulation.”

Health Care in the United States: Organization, Management, and Policy

Howard Greenwald
Health Care in the United States: Organization, Management, and Policy (2010)
Greenwald intended this book to serve as a thesis on the U.S. health system, indicating that strong historical, cultural and economic forces stand behind the current system and ensure that any change will be incremental in nature while the private delivery system remains intact. The book proposes no grand solution but highlights the controversies likely to characterize a health-care debate continuing well into the future. Being at the SPPD gave Greenwald the structure needed to write a book and an audience (his students) on whom to test drafts. He uses the book as a textbook in the Master of Health Administration program at USC, and it is used in similar programs elsewhere. “My own greatest insight in associated research and thinking has been how little will have been resolved by the 2010 reform act,” Greenwald said. “Even if major elements of the measure survive current legal and repeal challenges, significant controversy will continue indefinitely.”

Urban Tomographies

Martin Krieger
Urban Tomographies (2011)
In order to document urban change, Krieger spent over a dozen years photographing and recording sounds of Los Angeles. He presents those photographs in Urban Tomographies for people to better understand the city through a manifold presentation of its profiles. Tomography is taken from the medical method, commonly referred to as a CAT Scan, of producing a 3-D image of the body through a large series of two-dimensional X-ray images. Small details such as the changing scriptural passages on storefront churches and the architecture of DWP stations, seen systematically in photo after photo, offer a glimpse of the subtle changes in the urban landscape of Los Angeles from 1997 to present day.

Physical Infrastructure Development: Balancing the Growth, Equity, and Environmental Imperatives

Richard Little
“Beyond Privatization: Rethinking Private Sector Involvement in the Provision of Civil Infrastructure” in Physical Infrastructure Development: Balancing the Growth, Equity, and Environmental Imperatives (2010)
Little explores the emerging nature of cooperation between public and private sectors in the provision of civil infrastructure, focusing on the financial engineering models that have emerged in the past 10 years. Writing the chapter was a natural outgrowth of his work at the Keston Institute, which is housed within the SPPD. “The most interesting observation was that when prices for public services are kept artificially low, allegedly to help poor people, it is actually the economically better off who benefit most,” Little said. “This suggests much different pricing practices than are currently in use if we wish to achieve real social equity in infrastructure service delivery.”

Los Angeles 2010: State of the City

Dowell Myers
“Immigration and the New Majority of Los Angeles” in Los Angeles 2010: State of the City (2010)
At the end of the decade, Myers wanted to take stock of the many changes in L.A.’s population. Immigration had slowed and even begun to decline, but other changes were also under way, including a longer settled foreign-born population and a new homegrown generation. Hispanics are nearing a majority of L.A.’s population for the first time. Myers co-authored the chapter with SPPD graduate student research assistants Janna Goldberg, Sarah Mawhorter and Seong Hee Min. “We here in the SPPD enjoy this tremendous advantage over other scholars at other universities,” Myers said. “Our location at the hub of the most dynamic metropolis in the nation gives us a window in newly breaking trends that aren’t discovered elsewhere for another 10 years.”

A Companion to Los Angeles

David Sloane
“Landscapes of Health and Rejuvenation” in A Companion to Los Angeles (2010)
In 2003, Sloane co-authored the book Medicine Moves to the Mall documenting the historical changes to the healthcare landscape in the U.S. The editors of the handbook A Companion to Los Angeles asked Sloane to write something related to that work within the context of L.A. He chose to focus on the landscapes of health and rejuvenation that have played an integral role throughout the settlement of Los Angeles. Said Sloane: “The chapter examines the complicated and fascinating ways that health has informed the region’s history, from the ‘health seekers’ who were an important early migrant group to the perception of California as a healthy place due to the leisure life of the 1950s and beyond.”


Planning in Taiwan: Spatial Planning in the Twenty-First Century

Cheng-Yi Lin
Co-authored “Community Planning” in Planning in Taiwan: Spatial Planning in the Twenty-First Century (2010)
As a newly industrialized country with great economic growth and political liberation in a short period of time, Taiwan has been viewed as a model for other aspiring countries and regions. Kuang-Hui Peng, the dean of the College of Design at the National Taipei University of Technology in Taiwan, invited Cheng-Yi to collaborate on a chapter regarding Taiwan’s urban and community planning. They focus on community rehabilitation after the 7.3-magnitude earthquake that struck Taiwan on Sept. 21, 1999. Cheng-Yi started writing the chapter shortly after his first year studying for his Ph.D. “This co-authored work has given me a greater opportunity to apply what I have learned at SPPD,” Cheng-Yi said. “Together with the Ph.D. training at SPPD, this book chapter has laid the foundation for my future academic journey.”

Information Security Management Handbook

Robert K. Pittman
“Establishing an Information Security Program for Local Government” in Information Security Management Handbook, 6th ed, Vol 4 (2010)
The events of 9-11 increased the importance of protecting governmental computing assets with a formalized information security program. Pittman used the knowledge gained from two years at SPPD as a doctoral candidate to address establishing an appropriate governance structure, formulating policy and standards, and using organizational behavior theory to guide implementation of appropriate information technology security protection and measures. As Chief Information Security Officer for the County of Los Angeles, Pittman’s research already is being implemented in the public sector. Said Pittman: “The bridging of academia and practical into a single chapter was a fun achievement that benefits all of the citizens in Los Angeles County.”


Thais in Los Angeles

Beatrice “Tippe” Morlan (BS ’10)
Co-authored Thais in Los Angeles (2011)
Morlan began work on this book with executive director Chancee Martorell as part of her internship with the Thai Community Development Center during her undergrad at SPPD. As someone of half-Thai origin, Morlan had begun researching the Thai community in L.A. in the summer of 2008 in a project for SPPD professor Lisa Schweitzer. Thais are a relatively new immigrant/ethnic group to L.A., yet have made a huge impression on the city starting with the restaurant scene. They also are the most trafficked ethnic group within the U.S., brought to light in the El Monte sweatshop case of 1995 that is detailed in the book with striking pictures. “The story the Thai community has to tell about the marks they have made in the short period of time they have been here is so extraordinary,” Morlan said. “I wanted to share it with others, especially as more attention is being given to ethnic enclaves and cultural/historical preservation in America.”

Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: A Reference Handbook

Lili Wang (Ph.D. ’07)
“Understanding How Philanthropy and Nonprofit Activities Manifest in Minority Communities in the United States” in Leadership in Nonprofit Organizations: A Reference Handbook (2010)
Being a minority herself, Wang wanted to understand why minorities are perceived as less generous, what factors motivate them to give and volunteer, and what causes they tend to support. She focused her research on the demographic characteristics pertinent to philanthropy and fundraising among African Americans, Asian Americans and Hispanic populations. Wang, now an assistant professor at Arizona State, began researching philanthropy as a doctoral student at SPPD. “The conclusion of the study is that to examine/understand the charitable behavior of minority philanthropy, we need a broad definition of philanthropy, which includes both formal and informal philanthropy,” Wang said. “Members of minority groups do give time and money, but they tend to give and volunteer for families, neighbors and close communities.”