USC Price School of Public Policy

Confetti rained down on the Trojans gathered to celebrate the naming of the USC Price School of Public Policy, which recently received a $50 million gift from the Price Family Charitable Fund. “Through this gift, we can advance our scholarship on major issues and our work in educating the next generation of leaders in government, in business and in the nonprofit sector,” said Jack H. Knott, dean of the school, which is ranked sixth among public administration graduate programs by U.S. News & World Report.

The USC Price School of Public Policy provides a dynamic learning environment where interdisciplinary education abounds. At USC Price, students choose a program of study from the independent yet related fields of public administration, public policy, health management and policy, urban planning, real estate development and executive leadership. Students are supported by a committed faculty who contribute to the strong sense of community present in the school.

The school’s mission is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. Faculty across all its academic programs engage in solving some of society’s most pressing issues — and challenge students to do the same. USC Price is renowned for its expertise in areas such as: sustainability and the environment, health care policy, nonprofit management, housing and real estate, transportation, infrastructure, urban development and land use, social policy, governance, civic engagement, community development, immigration and risk analysis, among others.

Defining characteristics of USC Price are the depth of its academic classroom experience and connecting classroom theory to professional practice through practicums, internships and laboratory work locally, nationally and around the globe. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills and experiences to lead in their chosen field of practice.

Today’s complex challenges call for leaders who are able to work across disciplines and across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to find solutions. It is for this multidisciplinary reality that USC Price prepares its students.

USC Price students go on to hold high-ranking appointments in our nation’s capital, analyze and determine public policy, design new transportation systems, and redesign city, county, state and federal governance structures — in the United States and abroad. They lead health care reform efforts and manage the delivery of our health care services. They oversee operational aspects of our airports, railroad systems and harbors. They build healthy, sustainable communities, lead major nonprofit organizations, and shape our world for the better.

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Jack H. Knott, Ph.D., Dean

Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D.*, Vice Dean

Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D.*, Senior Associate Dean, Research and Technology

Regina T. Nordahl, J.D., MBA, SPHR, Associate Dean, Administration

Carol A. Rush, MPA, Associate Dean, Student Affairs

John Sonego, M.A., Associate Dean for Development and External Relations


C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean’s Chair: Jack H. Knott, Ph.D.

University Professor: Kevin Starr, Ph.D. (History)

Wallis Annenberg Chair in Communication Technology and Society: Manuel Castells, Ph.D. (Communication)

Judith & John Bedrosian Chair in Governance & Public Enterprise: Raphael Bostic, Ph.D.

Blue Cross of California Chair in Health Care Finance: Glenn A. Melnick, Ph.D.

C.C. Crawford Professor of Management and Performance: Anthony Bertelli, Ph.D.

Margaret and John Ferraro Chair in Effective Local Government: Genevieve Giuliano, Ph.D.*

James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning: Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D., FAICP*

James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning: Harry W. Richardson, M.A.

Edward G. Lewis Endowed Chair in Law: Nancy Staudt, J.D., Ph.D. (Law)

Lusk Chair in Real Estate: Richard K. Green, Ph.D. (Business)

Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business and the Economy: Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D.*

Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship & Public Policy: James M. Ferris, Ph.D

Norman Topping/National Medical Enterprises Chair in Medicine and Public Policy: Dana Goldman, Ph.D.*

Maria B. Crutcher Professor of Citizenship and Democratic Values: Terry L. Cooper, Ph.D.

Frances R. and John J. Duggan Distinguished Professor of Public Administration: Shui Yan Tang, Ph.D.*

Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government: Juliet Musso, Ph.D.*

William M. Keck Professor of Energy Resources: Donald Paul, Ph.D. (Engineering and Earth Sciences)

Dr. Chester A. Newland Endowed Professor of Public Administration: Janet Denhardt, DPA

Presidential Professor of Health Economics: Daniel McFadden, Ph.D.

Provost Professor of Business, Law and Political Economy: Mathew McCubbins, Ph.D. (Finance and Business Economics)

Judge Widney Professor: Leonard D. Schaeffer

Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture: Dana Gioia, M.A., MBA

Professors: Marlon Boarnet, Ph.D.; Raphael Bostic, Ph.D.; Gerald Caiden, Ph.D.*; Ann Crigler, Ph.D. (Political Science); Elizabeth Garrett, J.D. (Law); Peter Gordon, Ph.D. (Economics); Howard Greenwald, Ph.D.; Eric Heikkila, Ph.D.; Alan Kreditor, MCP, AICP; Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D.; Martin Krieger, Ph.D.; Jacquelyn McCroskey, Ph.D. (Social Work); James Moore II, Ph.D. (Engineering); Dowell Myers, Ph.D.; Robert C. Myrtle, DPA*; Michael Nichol, Ph.D. (Pharmacy); Gary Painter, Ph.D.; Manuel Pastor, Ph.D. (Geography and American Studies and Ethnicity); Jane Pisano, Ph.D.; Jon Pynoos, Ph.D. (Gerontology); Alison D. Renteln, Ph.D.* (Political Science); David Sloane, Ph.D.; Robert Suro (Journalism); Detlof von Winterfeldt, Ph.D. (Engineering); Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D. (Education)

Associate Professors: Elizabeth Currid-Halkett, Ph.D.; Darius Lakdawalla, Ph.D.; Christian Redfearn, Ph.D.; Peter Robertson Ph.D.*; Lisa Schweitzer, Ph.D.; Jeffrey Sellers, Ph.D., (Political Science); Kathleen Wilber, Ph.D. (Gerontology)

Assistant Professors: Nicole Esparza, Ph.D.; Marco Huesch, Ph.D.; Mark D. Phillips, Ph.D.; Jenny Schuetz, Ph.D.; David Suarez, Ph.D.; Vivian Wu, Ph.D.

Distinguished Fellow: Stan Ross, Honorary J.D.

Senior Fellows: Robert Denhardt, Ph.D.; William B. Fulton, Ph.D.; Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Ph.D.; Richard G. Little, AICP; Mark Pisano; Frank Zerunyan, J.D.

Research Professors: Hilda Blanco, Ph.D.; Stephen Hora, D.B.A.; Donald L. Paul, Ph.D. (Engineering and Earth Sciences); Adam Rose, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professors: Michael Cousineau, Ph.D. (Medicine); Christopher Weare, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professors: John Romley, Ph.D.; Heather Rosoff, Ph.D.; Dan Wei, Ph.D.

Clinical Professor: Leonard Mitchell, M.A., MBA, J.D.

Teaching Professor: LaVonna B. Lewis, Ph.D.

Teaching Assistant Professors: Elizabeth Falletta, MRED; T.J. McCarthy, Ph.D.; Jennifer Miller, Ph.D.; Michael Thom, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professors: Jonathan Brown, DPA; Garrett Capune, Ph.D.; Robert Champion, MRED; Charles Cicchetti, Ph.D.; Thomas Collins, Ed.D.; Tim Gage, MPP; Patrick G. Hays, MHA; Lori Howard, Ph.D.; Stanley Iezman, J.D.; Jong S. Jun, Ph.D.; Patrick Kapsner, MPA, FACMPE; Catherine Kay, J.D.; Michael Keston, MBA; Dora Kingsley, DPA; Allan Kotin, M.A.; Ehud Mouchly, M.A.; Ira Norris, MBA; Tomson Ong, J.D., Ph.D., LLM; James Osterling, MBA; Robert Smythe, B.S.; Erroll Southers, MPA; Henry Zaretsky, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professors: Austin Anderson, MBA; Bruce Baltin; William Barcellona, MHA, J.D.; Janis Breidenbach, M.A.; Ali Farahani, Ph.D.; James Fawcett, Ph.D.; Richard Garcia, DPA; Guillermo Gil, MBA; Daniel Haverty, DPA; Robert Ingenito, M.A.; Daniel Haverty, DPA; Robert Ingenito, M.A.; Bryan Jackson, J.D.; Daniel Jordan, Ph.D.; Steven Kellenberg, M.A.U.D.; Michael Kodama, M.A.; Carl Meyer, M.Arch.; Maurice Rahimi, Ph.D.; Ellen Riley, MBA; Jeffrey Schaffer, MPA; Jeffrey Schaffer, MPA; Susan Sinclair, MBA; Jeffrey Smith, Ph.D.; Helene Smookler, Ph.D.; Donna Staal, DPA; Halil Toros, Ph.D.; Donna Staal, DPA; Halil Toros, Ph.D.; Deborah Torres, M.Arch.; Clyde Wesp, M.D.; Jack Wong, M.A.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: Deepak Bahl, MPl; Michael Carter, MPH; Terri Dickerhoff, MRED; Matt Gainer, MFA; Jeffrey Green, MHA; Earl Greenia, Ph.D.; Richard A. Hagy, Ph.D.; Kathy Kolnick, Ph.D.; Donald Morgan, Ph.D.; Mark E. Oliver, MRED; Deike Peters, Ph.D.; Chris Van Gorder, MPA; Chris Wilson, MBA; Diane Yoder, Ph.D.

Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor Emeritus in Public Administration: Chester A. Newland, Ph.D.

Emeritus Professors: William C. Baer, Ph.D., AICP; Robert M. Carter, D.Crim.; T. Ross Clayton, Ph.D.; Lois Friss, Dr.P.H.; David Lopez-Lee, Ph.D.; David Mars, Ph.D.; Alexander McEachern, M.A.; E.K. Nelson, DPA; William Petak, DPA; Francine Rabvinovtiz, Ph.D., AICP; Warren Schmidt, Ph.D.; Gilbert Siegel, Ph.D.; Robert Stallings, Ph.D.; Richard A. Sundeen, Ph.D.*; Robert E. Tranquada, M.D.; Joseph S. Wholey, Ph.D.; William J. Williams, DPA

Emeritus Associate Professors: Wesley E. Bjur, Ph.D.; Catherine Burke, Ph.D.

*Recipient of university-wide or school teaching award.

Degrees Offered

The Price School of Public Policy offers the following degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science in Policy, Planning and Development
  • Master of Health Administration
  • Executive Master of Health Administration
  • Master of Science in Health Systems Management Engineering (with Industrial and Systems Engineering)
  • Executive Master of Leadership
  • Master of Public Policy and Management
  • Master of Planning
  • Master of Planning and Development Studies
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Policy
  • Master of Real Estate Development
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Public Policy and Management
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Urban Planning and Development
  • Doctor of Policy, Planning, and Development

The Bachelor of Science and the school’s master’s degrees are also offered jointly as a progressive five-year program and the school participates in the following interdisciplinary minors:

  • Children and Families in Urban America
  • Construction Planning and Management
  • Environmental Planning and Development
  • Health Policy and Management
  • International Policy and Management
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Nonprofits, Philanthropy and Volunteerism
  • Real Estate Development
  • Urban Policy and Planning

The Master of Planning is offered as a dual master’s degree with programs in architecture, landscape architecture, art and curatorial practices in the public sphere, business administration, economics, gerontology, international relations, public administration, public health, public policy, real estate development and social work.

The Master of Public Administration is offered as a dual master’s degree with programs in planning, gerontology, international relations, Jewish nonprofit management, law and social work.

The Master of Real Estate Development is offered as a dual degree with the Master of Business Administration, Juris Doctor and Master of Planning.

The Master of Health Administration is offered as a dual degree with the Master of Science in Gerontology.

The Master of Public Policy is offered as a dual degree with programs in law and planning.

National Honor Societies

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for public affairs and administration. Graduate students in the Price School of Public Policy who have completed at least 18 semester units and have earned a 3.7 grade point average are eligible for membership.

Pi Sigma Alpha

Pi Sigma Alpha is the national honor society for students in public administration, political science, and international relations. Students who have completed at least three courses from among these fields and have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average are eligible to apply.