Dean’s Message

Shaping the World

A Message from USC Price Dean Jack H. Knott

Dean Jack Knott Dean Jack Knott alongside (from left) Robert Price, USC President C.L. Max Nikias and Larry Price at the Price School naming celebration Feb. 7 at USC’s Lewis Hall
Photo by Steve Cohn

Innovation. Excellence. Impact.
Having any one of these qualities is central to comprising a great school. But having all three makes our school, the USC Price School of Public Policy, distinctive.

For the past seven years, I’ve had the privilege of serving as dean of a truly great school — a school with a long and rich history of innovation; a school whose academic reputation is among the very best, and continues to get better; and a school whose faculty, students, staff and alumni are passionate about making a difference in the world.

This newsletter marks a special time for our school, a time filled with great achievements and milestones. From our continued rise in the latest U.S. News & World Report rankings to the spectacular celebration of our naming gift, this issue highlights the Price School’s many recent accomplishments.

I invite you to read more about Senior Associate Dean Genevieve Giuliano, who became the first woman to receive the Transportation Research Forum’s Distinguished Researcher Award; a panel discussion, hosted by the Athenian Society, focusing on the recent elimination of California’s redevelopment agencies; and this year’s Holt Distinguished Lecture featuring political commentator George Will, who shared his candid thoughts on American politics.

The Knowledge-in-Action section includes stories on: a recent discussion with local officials and policy scholars on the realignment of funds for social services; Senior Fellow William Fulton’s testimony before the State Assembly in Sacramento; Professor Dowell Myers’ talk on the the need for “generational unity” in 2012 election discourse; Professor Detlof von Winterfeldt’s lecture forecasting the future of nuclear power; a symposium honoring the life and political impact of Professor Harry Pachon; and a seminar bringing together the top counterterrorism and computer security researchers to tackle cyber crimes.

The Global Reach section covers my recent MOU signing with the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy in Israel; an urban growth seminar examining China’s environmental future; and a CREATE lecture with an NYPD intelligence expert breaking down Al Qaeda’s plots against the West.

Research News features faculty studies on: Southern California’s increasing multiracial makeup; California foundations jumping from $2.8 billion to $6 billion over the past decade despite two economic recessions; whether poor neighborhoods are ‘retail deserts’; and the role attitudes play on whether people walk or drive. You can also read about Professor Peter Gordon assuming the presidency of the Western Regional Science Association.

This month, our newsletter highlights the events organized by USC Price student associations, including two events honoring Black History Month, the third Annual Bay Area Policy Forum, a student-led visit to San Diego’s City Heights, and photos from a professional planning panel and an alumni career talk.

I also invite you to read our Alumni Spotlight on Phillip Chen, who was elected to the Walnut Valley Unified School District Board of Trustees.

In addition, our faculty are frequently cited and quoted by national news media for their expertise on many of today’s most relevant and pressing topics. This month’s USC Price Making the News section offers just a few examples.

In this issue, you will also find videos featuring a tribute to Sol Price which was shown during our naming celebration, a “Conversations on Philanthropy” event with Dana Gioia, and a recent METRANS transportation seminar.

The impressive collection of accomplishments found in this newsletter reflect what I see every day at Price — faculty, students, alumni and staff engaged in efforts that enhance our communities and shape our world for the better.


Jack H. Knott
C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy