Faculty Advisory Board
The faculty advisory board provides input to the Center’s leadership team in the strategic direction of the center, and guides the activities of the Center. The faculty advisory board is composed of faculty that represent various thematic areas, disciplinary orientations, and all relevant USC schools/colleges. The faculty advisory board meets once a semester.
Expertise: Sustainability; Business; Capitalism; Organization; Strategy
Paul Adler is currently Harold Quinton Chair of Business Policy, and Professor of Management and Organization, Sociology, and Environmental Studies, at the University of Southern California. He began his education in Australia, and then moved to France. While working towards his PhD there, he worked as a research economist for the French government. He came to the USA in 1981, and before arriving at USC in 1991, he was a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institution, a visiting Assistant Professor at Barnard College, a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard Business School, and an Assistant Professor at Stanford’s School of Engineering. He has published widely in academic journals, edited several books, most recently The Firm as a Collaborative Community: Reconstructing Trust in the Knowledge Economy (2006), The Oxford Handbook of Sociology and Organization Studies: Classical Foundations (2009), The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents (2014), and co- authored Healing Together: The Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente (2009). His book An Economy of the 99 Percent: How Democratic Socialism Can Overcome the Crises of Capitalism will appear in October 2019.
Jody D. ArmourLaw
Jody David Armour is the Roy P. Crocker Professor of Law at the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the faculty since 1995. Armour’s expertise ranges from personal injury claims to claims about the relationship between racial justice, criminal justice, and the rule of law. Armour studies the intersection of race and legal decision making as well as torts and tort reform movements.
A widely published scholar and popular lecturer, Armour is a Soros Justice Senior Fellow of The Open Society Institute’s Center on Crime, Communities and Culture. He has published articles in Stanford Law Review, California Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Boston College Law Review, Southern California Review of Law and Women’s Studies, Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law, and others. His book Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism: The Hidden Costs of Being Black in America (New York University Press) addresses three core concerns of the Black Lives Matter movement—namely, racial profiling police brutality, and mass incarceration. He recently completed a second book that examines law, language, and moral luck in the criminal justice system. Armour often appears as a legal analyst on NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, KPCC, KCRW, and other television and radio news programs. At the request of the US Department of State and European Embassies, Professor Armour has toured major universities in Europe to speak about social justice as well as Hip Hop culture and the law. His work on the intersection of these topics grew into a unique interdisciplinary and multimedia analysis of social justice and linguistics, titled Race, Rap and Redemption, produced by USC alumna J. M. Morris, and featuring performance by Ice Cube, Mayda del Valle, Saul Williams, Lula Washington Dance Theatre, Macy Gray Music Academy Orchestra, and Mailon Rivera.
Armour earned his AB degree in Sociology at Harvard University and his JD degree with honors from Boalt Hall Law School at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining USC, he was an associate at Morrison & Foerster, Kirkpatrick and Lockhart and taught at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall, Indiana University and the University of Pittsburgh.
Armour currently teaches students a diverse array of subjects, including Criminal Law, Torts, and Stereotypes and Prejudice: The Role of the Cognitive Unconscious in the Rule of Law.
Ed AvolEnvironmental Health
Expertise: Respiratory Health; Air Pollution; Air Monitoring; Public Health Impacts of Traffic
Ed Avol is Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine and Director of the Environmental Health Division in the USC Department of Preventive Medicine. His research has focused on understanding short and long-term effects of air pollution on humans and on documenting human exposure. He has been a key investigator in multiple health and exposure research studies and has co-authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications. He currently serves as Director of both the National Institutes of Health Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center and of the Spatial Exposure and Analytics Core (SEAC) within the center. He has served on United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Clean Air Science Advisory Committee (CASAC) expert panel reviews for PM, NOx, SOx, and ozone to help review and recommend National Ambient Air Quality Standards, in addition to numerous other advisory committees for a variety of agencies and institutions. He is active in community outreach and education, particularly with regard to children’s health and the health and air quality impacts of Los Angeles and Long Beach seaport-related cargo goods movement. He directs and teaches in the undergraduate Environmental Health Track through the USC Health Promotion Program, and was awarded the 2017 Constance Mehlman Award from the International Society for Exposure Science, for his career work in applying exposure science to improving policy for public health.
George Ban-WeissCivil and Environmental Engineering
Expertise: Urban Climate; Urban Air Pollution; Global Climate Change; Heat Mitigation Strategies; Urban Heat Islands; Climate Adaptation; Air Pollution Measurements; Climate and Chemistry Modeling
George Ban-Weiss is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at USC, and the Pasquale and Adelina Arpea Early Career Chair. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees at University of California, Berkeley. After graduate school he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Carnegie Institution, Department of Global Ecology at Stanford. Prior to joining USC in 2013, George was a scientist in the Heat Island Group and Climate Science Department at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. George’s research uses numerical models and field observations in concert to investigate air pollution, climate, and land cover change, ranging from neighborhood to global scale. He has over 40 publications in the peer-review literature, funded in part by National Science Foundation, Rose Hills Foundation, California Energy Commission, California Air Resources Board, Indo-US Science and Technology Forum, and USC’s Visions and Voices. His research has informed public policy in California and been highlighted by Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, New York Times, and Huffington Post, among others. George was named by MIT Technology Review as one of the world’s 35 top innovators under the age of 35 (TR35), and was part of the development team that won an R&D100 award. George also received the National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Award, and the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Global Environmental Change Early Career Award, both in 2018.
Hilda BlancoUrban Planning
Expertise: Climate Change Policy; Urban Planning; Regulation of Pollutants; Brownfields Policy; Urban Growth Management; Decision-Making Theories
Dr. Hilda Blanco holds a Master (1984) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She held tenured appointments at Hunter College, Dept. of Urban Affairs (1988-96); and the University of Washington (1996-2009), where she chaired the Dept. of Urban Design and Planning (2000-2007), and is currently an Emeritus Professor. From 2010-2016, she was a research professor and Interim Director of the Center for Sustainable Cities at the University of Southern California, and is currently the Project Director of the Center for Sustainable Cities. Her research areas include sustainable and livable cities, urban growth management, cities and climate change, water policy, and renewable energy policy.
Marlon BoarnetUrban Planning
Expertise: Transportation, Travel Behavior; Urban Growth Patterns; Regional Science; Urban Economics
Dr. Marlon Boarnet, Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the Urban Planning & Spatial Analysis Department, is a renowned authority on urban economics, urban growth patterns, transportation, and regional science. He is an expert in transportation and land use, and has served on the National Research Council committee that authored “Driving and the Built Environment.”
His research focuses on land use and transportation; links between land use and travel behavior and associated implications for public health and greenhouse gas emissions; urban growth patterns; and the economic impacts of transportation infrastructure.
Marlon Boarnet has published extensively in leading journals such as Regional Science and Urban Economics, Environment and Behavior, Urban Studies, Journal of Urban Economics, Journal of Planning Education and Research, National Tax Journal, and Journal of the American Planning Association and is also co-author of Travel by Design: The Influence of Urban Form on Travel (Oxford University Press, 2001).
For twelve years, Dr. Boarnet co-edited the Journal of Regional Science, is an associate editor of the Journal of the American Planning Association, and serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Planning Literature, Journal of Transport and Land Use, Transport Policy, and previously on Papers in Regional Science.
In recognition for lifetime scholarly achievement, Dr. Boarnet is fellow of both the Regional Science Association International and the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Real Estate. He serves as vice-president/president-elect of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2017-2019).
He has been an Executive Committee Member for the National Center for Sustainable Transportation since 2014 and has acted as principal investigator on over $1.8 million of funded research, supported by agencies that include the U.S. and California Departments of Transportation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the California Policy Research Center, the California Air Resources Board, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Paula CannonMolecular Microbiology
Expertise: Viruses including HIV and Ebola; Stem Cells and Gene Therapy; Hematopoietic Stem Cells; CRISPR/Cas9
Paula Cannon, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, where she leads a research team that studies viruses, stem cells and gene therapy. She obtained her PhD from the University of Liverpool in the United Kingdom, and received postdoctoral training as an HIV scientist at both Oxford and Harvard universities. Although HIV remains the main focus of her work, she also studies highly pathogenic hemorrhagic fever viruses, including Ebola and Lassa fever viruses. Cannon has a long-standing interest in the development of gene therapy as a clinical approach to treating HIV infection, and her recent work in this area is aimed at disrupting the viral co-receptor, CCR5, using zinc finger nucleases (ZFNs). This approach is being evaluated in human hematopoietic stem cells to address whether such a therapy could result in a “functional cure” for AIDS patients. Cannon’s research is funded by both the National Institutes of Health and the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Joon-Ho ChoiBuilding Science
Dr. Choi, Joon-Ho is the Associate Dean for Research & Creative Work and an Associate Professor of Building Science in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California. Prior to taking the position, he worked as an assistant professor in the Dept. of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology. He earned his Ph.D. degree in Building Performance and Diagnostics at Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Choi’s primary research interests are in the areas of advanced controls for high performance buildings, bio-sensing controls in the built environment, smart building enclosure, passive building strategies, human-centered building environmental control, building systems integration, environmental sustainability, and comprehensive POE (post-occupancy evaluation), indoor environmental quality, and human health, and work productivity. As an interdisciplinary researcher, he has participated in multiple research projects sponsored by governmental agencies, industry partners and research grant programs including General Services Administration (GSA), Boston Society of Architects/AIA, Green Building Alliance (GBA), ALCOA, SIEMENS, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and UNEP. His research outcomes have been published on prestigious journals including “Building and Environment”, and “Energy and Buildings”. He is currently a technical committee member of American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and is an active member of the International Society of Indoor Air Quality (ISIAQ), American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE), and Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA).
Felipe de BarrosCivil and Environmental Engineering
Dr. de Barros is currently an Assistant Professor at the Sonny Astani Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He earned his PhD in 2009 from the Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Berkeley. He also holds a BS and MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). He is an Associate Editor for Journal of Hydrology and Hydrological Sciences Journal.
Dr. de Barros’ expertise is in stochastic groundwater hydrology and environmental fluid mechanics. He develops task-driven, application-oriented integrated models for simulating and predicting large scale hydrogeological systems, with a focus in capturing uncertainties to create computationally efficient, theoretically sound and accurate predictions of system behavior. These models combine innovations in stochastic systems, statistics, theory, experimental and field work. His research interests include flow and transport in heterogeneous aquifers, uncertainty quantification, probabilistic risk analysis and the development of hybrid numerical analytical methods.
Jorge de la RocaReal Estate
Expertise: Urban Economics; Labor Economics; Economic Geography; Urban Migration
Jorge de la Roca is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public of Policy and Research Director of the USC Lusk Center for Real Estate. His research interests include urban economics, labor economics and economic geography. His research focuses on understanding the benefits of working in big cities and studying urban migration across cities of different sizes, where he has published articles in the Review of Economic Studies and the Journal of Urban Economics. He has also studied the consequences of racial segregation on minorities in the United States, co-authoring articles on the subject in Regional Science and Urban Economics and Journal of Housing Economics. He has also published on wage cyclicality in SERIEs: Journal of the Spanish Economic Association.
Dr. de la Roca earned his doctorate and master’s in Economics at CEMFI in Spain and his Bachelor Degree at Universidad del Pacífico in Peru. Before joining the Price School, he was a research fellow at New York University’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy. He has also worked at Harvard University’s Center for International Development, the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, D.C., and the Group for the Analysis of Development in Lima, Peru. He has recently received international recognition for his research and was awarded the prestigious August-Lösch prize in regional science.
Julien Emile-GeayEarth Sciences
Expertise: Climate Dynamics; Geostatistics; Data Analysis; Data Semantics; Politics of Climate Change
Julien Emile-Geay is a climate scientist, working as an associate professor in the Earth Science department of the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. His main scholarship is in mathematical paleoclimatology, leveraging records of past climates to shed light on climate system behavior on human-relevant timescales (years to centuries).
He is particularly interested in the role of the tropics in climate, and in constraining how much of climate variations arise from within, or are being triggered by external factors, natural or human. This has led him to develop various mathematical models (both stochastic and deterministic) of the climate system and its various components.
On the teaching front, Professor Emile-Geay is passionate about educating people of all levels of scientific literacy to the reality of man-made global warming, using knowledge to empower individuals to generate positive change. Recently, he has started to design curricula to inoculate students against scientific denial and misinformation.
On the outreach front, Professor Emile-Geay explores the role of free-market capitalism (as an economic paradigm and cultural force) in the current climate crisis, as well as cognitive underpinnings of the current political deadlock on climate action.
Iraj ErshaghiChemical Engineering
Expertise: Smart Oilfield Technologies; Naturally Fractured Reservoirs; Pressure Transient Modeling; Reservoir Characterization and Compartmentalized Systems; Characterization of Unconsolidated Reservoirs
Iraj Ershaghi is the Omar B. Milligan Professor and Director of the Petroleum Engineering Program at USC. He is also serving as the Executive Director of CiSoft and the Executive Director of UKC Education Research Center. His research areas include well test modeling of complex naturally fractured reservoirs, pattern recognition techniques for monitoring water floods and EOR processes, reservoir characterization, unconventional resources, and soft computing concepts in digital oilfield design and operations.
He worked for SIRIP, Signal Oil and Gas, CA State Lands Commission, and has served as a consultant to U. S. Dept. of Justice, U. S. Dept. of Interior, Chemical Research Laboratories, McFarland Energy, National Bureau of Standards, CRC and many others.
Jonathan EyerPublic Policy
Expertise: Environmental Economics; Energy Economics; Natural Disasters; Applied Econometrics
Jonathan Eyer is a Research Assistant Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and a Faculty Affiliate of the Center on Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). Dr. Eyer’s research interests include energy and environmental economics, natural disasters, and climate change. His research focuses on how individual and firm responses to environmental shocks can ameliorate or exacerbate future exposure. He has also studied how political efforts to preserve manufacturing jobs will affect climate change and the environment. Before joining the Price School faculty, he was a postdoctoral research fellow at the USC Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE).
Christian GrosePolitical Science
Expertise: American Politics and Policy; Political Institutions; Political Representation; the Politics of the Policy-Making Process
Christian Grose is Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is the Academic Director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute for State and Global Policy in the USC Price School of Public Policy. He served as the Director of the Political Science and International Relations Ph.D. program in USC Dornsife College from 2015-18.
Christian’s research interests include American politics and policy; political institutions; political representation; the politics of the policy-making process. His research often uses field and survey experimental techniques to answer questions about public policy, political institutions, and elite behavior. He is also an expert in political reform in California, including the top-two primary and the independent redistricting commission. New research examines how environmental policy diffuses and spreads from legislators in one state to other states.
Christian is the author of the award-winning Congress in Black and White: Race and Representation in Washington and at Home(Cambridge University Press). In addition, he has published articles in scholarly journals such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Annual Review of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Presidential Studies Quarterly. One of his most recent journal articles “Doubling Down: Inequality in Responsiveness and the Policy Preferences of Elected Officials,” examines legislator responsiveness bias toward Latino constituents and was published in Legislative Studies Quarterly (co-authored with USC Ph.D. Matthew S. Mendez).
Christian received a best book award from the American Political Science Association’s Race, Ethnicity, and Politics section; and a CQ Press award for the best paper on legislative studies presented at the American Political Science Association meeting. He is also a previous recipient of the Carl Albert award for the best dissertation in legislative politics from the American Political Science Association.
Sofia GruskinGlobal Health
Sofia Gruskin directs the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health and founded its Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the University of Southern California. She holds an appointment as professor of preventive medicine and serves as chief of the Policy and Global Health division at the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Preventive Medicine. In addition, she is a professor of law at the USC Gould School of Law, affiliate faculty member with the Spatial Sciences Institute, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, serves on the USC Academic Senate Executive Board and co-chairs the USC Senate Sustainability Committee. She leads the USC Law & Global Health Collaboration alongside professors Alexander Capron and Charlie Kaplan from USC Gould School of Law and USC Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, respectively. Gruskin’s work, which ranges from global policy to the grassroots level, has been instrumental in developing the conceptual, methodological and empirical links between health outcomes, inequality and human rights, with a focus on HIV/AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, child and adolescent health, gender-based violence, non-communicable disease and health systems. Her current partners include the United Nations Development Programme, World Health Organization, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, Open Society Foundations and local organizations and universities in Brazil, India, Malaysia, South Africa, and Vietnam.
Eric HeikkilaUrban Planning
Expertise: Urban Development; Economic Development; East Asian Cities; Urban Economics; Urban Information Systems
Eric Heikkila is Professor and Director of the Office of Global Engagement at the USC Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California (USC). His research work is both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and his scholarly writings address a wide range of topics on urban development and public policy. His books include The Economics of Planning (CUPR Press, 2000) and China from a U.S. Policy Perspective (forthcoming). He has applied economic & spatial analysis, fuzzy sets, agent based modeling and a variety of statistical techniques to study urban structure. Other aspects of his work include a more qualitative, policy oriented approach to urban development issues, especially in the context of the Asia Pacific region. He has spent sabbatical leaves as a visiting scholar on separate occasions at National Taiwan University (Department of Geography), Peking University (Department of Urban and Environmental Sciences), and Chinese University of Hong Kong (Department of Geography and Resource Management).
Dr. Heikkila’s links to professional practice help ground his academic research agenda in more pragmatic concerns. Shortly after joining USC, he became founding Executive Secretary of the Pacific Rim Council on Urban Development (PRCUD), a globally based non-governmental organization that organizes regular forums in host cities throughout the Asia Pacific region. He has undertaken consulting work for the World Bank, USAID, UNDP and other organizations. As Director of International Initiatives at the USC Price School of Public Policy, Dr. Heikkila has broad responsibility for planning and coordinating the School’s global engagement, including strategic institutional partnerships with counterpart institutions abroad.
Expertise: Business Strategy; Energy Sector: Biofuels and Hydropower
Shon Hiatt is an assistant professor of business administration at USC Marshall School of Business and faculty affiliate of the Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies. An expert in the agribusiness and energy sectors, he explores issues related to entrepreneurship, strategy, and business sustainability in domestic and international contexts. Professor Hiatt’s research has been published in scholarly journals and featured in media outlets. He is the recipient of numerous scholarly and teaching honors, including the 2015 Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship in Entrepreneurship Research, the 2016 Academy of Management’s Organization and Natural Environment Emerging Scholar Award, the 2018 Golden Apple MBA Teaching Award, and the 2018 ARCS Emerging Sustainability Scholar Award. Prior to joining USC, Professor Hiatt was on the faculty at Harvard Business School
Jill JohnstonEnvironmental Health
Expertise: Environmental Justice; Environmental Health Disparities; Hazardous Waste and Wastewater; Oil and Gas Pollution; Public Health
Jill Johnston works to develop community-academic partnerships to advance environmental health and justice in disadvantaged urban and rural neighborhoods. Dr. Johnston’s research combines community engagement with exposure assessment and epidemiology, to address environmental health concerns. In particular, she is interested in assessing exposure pathways to pollutants as a result of industrial activities.
Dr. Johnston has collaborated with community organizations in San Antonio, TX to assess the migration of chlorinated solvents from groundwater into indoor air (vapor intrusion) near a former Air Force Base. Using community-driven approaches, she has worked to assess exposure to emerging contaminants due to land-applied sewage sludge as well as assess impacts of industrial animal operations. Her interest in environmental justice research emerged from years spent as a community organizer in South Texas working towards just remediation of legacy contamination, a healthy built environment and meaningful community participation in decision-making processes. She received her PhD in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in environmental epidemiology.
At USC, Dr. Johnston will continue to utilize participatory and community-based methods to understand the impacts of industrial processes and chemical use on the environment, characterize pathways of human exposure, and evaluate approaches to increase health, equity and justice.
Jeremy KaganCinematic Arts
Jeremy Kagan is an internationally recognized director/writer/producer with eleven feature film credits including the box-office hit Heroes, the political thriller The Big Fix, The Chosen (two time Grand Prize winner), and The Journey of Natty Gann (first U.S. film to win a Gold Prize at the Moscow Film Festival). His most recent dramatic feature SHOT is about gun violence in America (www.shotmovie.org). Among his fifteen television movies are Katherine: the Making of an American Revolutionary, HBO’s Conspiracy: The Trial of the Chicago 8 ( ACE Award for Best Dramatic Special), Roswell: The UFO Cover-Up (a Golden Globe nominee), Color of Justice about racism, Bobbie’s Girl about a lesbian couple and Crown Heights which won the Humanitas Award for “affirming the dignity of every person.” He also won an Emmy for Dramatic Series Directing and has directed over thirty various dramatic episodes including West Wing. Professor Kagan produced and directed the 10 part series Freedom Files and directed the pilot for the hit series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.
Via his Change Making Media Lab, www.cmml-usc.org, he has made dramatic, documentary and animated films for The Doe Fund which works with the homeless. CMML has won awards for videos on women’s health, ADHD and sustainability. Professor Kagan served as the Artistic Director of Robert Redford’s Sundance Lab and has been on the National Board of the Directors Guild where he is Chairperson of its Special Projects which serves the 17,000 members with educational, cultural and technological information. His books Directors Close Up, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 are published by Scarecrow Press and he has written an interactive eTextbook called Keys to Directing – www.kesytodirecting.com. He is a Graduate Fellow of the American Film Institute, and has an MFA from NYU and a BA from Harvard University. He has taught master seminars on filmmaking across Europe, the Middle East and Asia. He is a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, The Television Academy, The Writers Guild, and The Directors Guild.
Expertise: Changing News Industry; Disruption and Innovation; Economics and Entrepreneurship, Emerging Media, Environmental Journalism; IDEA; Los Angeles and Media Entrepreneurship
Gabriel Kahn is a professor of professional practice at the Annenberg School for Journalism. He frequently writes about the intersection of economics and the environment, and reports on how policymakers use financial incentive structures to achieve environmental goals. Before joining USC, Kahn worked at The Wall Street Journal, where he served as Los Angeles bureau chief, Southern Europe deputy bureau chief and Hong Kong deputy bureau chief.
Kyle KonisBuilding Science
Expertise: Sustainability; Energy efficient buildings; Health impacts of the built environment; Daylight and health; Architecture; Urban sustainability; Climate change and the built environment
Professor Kyle Konis, Ph.D, AIA is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the University of Southern California with a background in professional practice and building science research. Dr. Konis’ research is centered on improving the feedback loop between design intent and the performance of buildings in use, with an emphasis on supporting evidence-based design practices and on examining the impacts of the indoor environment on occupant comfort, health and well-being. Dr. Konis’ interdisciplinary research has been sponsored by the American Institute of Architects, the California Energy Commission, and the National Investment Center. Dr. Konis’ research outcomes have been published in a number of prominent journals including Energy and Buildings, Building and Environment, Solar Energy, and Intelligent Buildings International, and he has recently completed a book (co-authored by Stephen Selkowitz) published by Springer entitled, Effective Daylighting with High-Performance Facades, Emerging Design Practices. Dr. Konis’ teaching has been recognized by national awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the National Council of Architectural Registraiton Boards, and the Building Technology Educator’s Society. He is a member of the IESNA Daylighting Metrics Committee and serves on the USC Sustainability Steering Committee, the USC Senate Sustainability Committee, and the Advisory Board of the USC Center for Excellence in Teaching.
Bhaskar KrishanamachariComputer Science
Expertise: IOT; Cryptocurrencies; Wireless sensor networks; Wireless networks; Vehicular communications
Bhaskar Krishnamachari is Professor and Ming Hsieh Faculty Fellow in Electrical Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California. He received his B.E. in Electrical Engineering from The Cooper Union and his M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He has been a faculty member in the Department of Electrical Engineering since 2002. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Computer Science. He is the Director of the Autonomous Networks Research Group, and Co-Director of the Ming Hsieh Institute.
He has co-authored over 200 technical articles, including four that have received conference best-paper awards at ACM/IEEE IPSN (2004, 2010), ACM MSWiM (2006) and ACM MobiCom (2010), and one that received best-paper runner-up award at IEEE SECON (2012). Collectively his work has been cited more than 19,000 times (per Google Scholar).
In 2015, Bhaskar Krishnamachari was listed in Popular Science Magazine’s “Brilliant Ten” list; and in 2011, he was included in the TR-35 , Technology Review Magazine’s annual listing of the top 35 young innovators under the age of 35. He has received the 2010 ASEE Terman Award, given annually to an electrical engineering educator, and the 2010 IEEE-HKN Outstanding Young Electrical and Computer Engineer Award. He has also received the USC-Mellon Award for Mentoring Graduate Students in 2008, the USC Viterbi School of Engineering Junior Faculty Research Award in 2005, and the National Science Foundation CAREER award in 2004. From 2005-2008, he held the Philip and Cayley MacDonald Early Career Endowed Chair at USC.
Bhaskar Krishnamachari’s research interests are focused on the design and analysis of algorithms, protocols, and applications for next generation wireless networks. These include low power wireless sensor networks and the Internet of Things, connected vehicles, robotic networks, cognitive radio networks, underwater networks, and green cellular networks. On these topics, his research spans the entire spectrum from theoretical analysis of algorithms to prototype software implementations of network protocols and applications.
On the theoretical front, his research includes the development and application of tools from online learning, stochastic optimization and control, game theory, and combinatorial algorithms. On the practical front, his research group maintains and conducts experiments on Tutornet, a state of the art low power IoT testbed (see http://anrg.usc.edu/www/tutornet), and collaborates with researchers at GM working on connected vehicles.
Suzanne LacyArts and Design
Suzanne Lacy is an internationally exhibited visual artist, social activist, educator, writer and feminist whose body of work includes performances, video and photographic installation, critical writing and public art with a focus on social and urban issues.
A member of the historic cohort of Judy Chicago’s Feminist Art Program at Fresno State and later CalArts, where she studied with Allan Kaprow, Suzanne Lacy not only produces activist and community-driven art, but pioneered feminist art education and social practice programming at premier institutions throughout the state.
She was dean of fine art and director of the Center for Fine Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts, chair of fine arts and creator of the MFA program in public practice at Otis College of Art and Design, and a founding faculty member at CalState Monterey Bay.
Over the last 30 years, Lacy has published numerous pieces of critical commentary and lectured widely. Lacy’s work has been on display at the Tate Modern, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Whitney Museum and the Bilbao Museum in Spain. Lacy has been appointed to fellowships with the Guggenheim Foundation, the Henry Moore Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
William LeachPublic Administration
Expertise: Collaborative governance; Economics; Planning; Social policy; Environmental policy; Health policy
Dr. William Leach studies collaborative approaches to environmental policymaking and implementation. His research appears in the top journals in public administration, political science, and environmental management. Dr. Leach has directed over $1 million of research sponsored by the National Science Foundation, U.S. EPA, and private philanthropies, and has provided scientific and policy advice to federal and state agencies such as the U.S. Government Accountability Office, National Research Council, and the California Resources Agency. He has taught in the Price School’s Public Administration program since 2013, and previously served as Research Director for the Center for Collaborative Policy at California State University, Sacramento, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. He earned a PhD in ecology (environmental policy) from UC Davis, a master’s degree in natural resource management from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in conservation and resource studies from UC Berkeley.
Joshua Lewis GoldsteinHistory
Professor Goldstein has been on the USC faculty since 2005. He was an assistant professor at Franklin & Marshall College for 5 years and a visiting faculty member at Yale University in 2002. He lectured at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1998-1999. Additionally, Prof. Goldstein serves on the editorial boards of Zhongguo Xueshu and the Chinese Historical Review.
Expertise: Fraud against government agencies, corporate fraud, education loan fraud, environmental crimes, real estate fraud, tax evasion
Rebecca Lonergan is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, with highest honors. She received her JD from the UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law in 1987. She worked briefly as a deputy district attorney in Los Angeles and then as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice, Environmental Crimes Section, before going to work at the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles in 1991. She was the deputy chief of the USAO’s Public Corruption section in 2001-2004 and 2006-2007. She has also worked as a pro tem judge for the Los Angeles Superior Court.
She is currently a Professor of Lawyering Skills and the President Elect of USC’s Academic Senate. She has extensive experience in faculty governance, including having served on USC’s Sustainability Steering Committee and the Academic Senate’s Sustainability Committee.
Lonergan currently teaches National Security Law, Legal Writing, Advanced Moot Court Brief Writing, and Advanced Moot Court Advocacy at the Gould School of Law.
Yan LiuComputer Science
Expertise: Big data analytics; Machine learning; Data mining; Computational biology; Climate change informatics; Business analytics; Social media analysis
Yan Liu is an associate professor in the Computer Science Department, of the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. She joined USC in August 2010. Before that, Dr. Liu was a research staff member in the Data Analytics Group at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center since November 2006. She received her M.S. and Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Liu’s research interests include machine learning and data mining with applications to biology, climate science, health, and social media. Here is Dr. Liu’s CV.
Azad MadniAeronautical Engineering
Dr. Madni received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1968, 1971 and 1978, respectively. He is also a graduate of the AEA/Stanford Executive Institute program for senior executives.
Prof. Azad Madni’s research has been sponsored by several government agencies including DARPA, DHS S&T, DTRA, OSD, MDA, ONR, AFOSR, AFRL, ARI, ARL, RDECOM, CECOM, NAVAIR, NAVSEA, SPAWAR, DOE, NIST, NASA His research has also been sponsored by major aerospace companies including Boeing, Raytheon, and Northrop Grumman Corporation. He is a AAAS Fellow, AIAA Fellow, IEEE Life Fellow, IETE Life Fellow, INCOSE Fellow, and SDPS Fellow. He has received several awards from DoD, the commercial sector, and professional societies, including the 2011 INCOSE Pioneer Award, SBA’s 1999 National Tibbetts’ award for California, 2000 Blue Chip Enterprise award for California from Mass Mutual and the US Chamber of Commerce, the C.V. Ramamoorthy Distinguished Scholar Award in 2006, the President’s award in 2008 from the Society of Design and Process Science, and Developer of the Year award in 2000, and 2004 from the Technology Council of Southern California. Professor Madni is the CEO and chief scientist of Intelligent Systems Technology Inc , a company he co-founded over 20 years ago. He is listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who is Industry and Finance and Who’s Who in America.
Esther MarguliesLandscape Architecture
Expertise: Landscape architecture; Open space and recreation equity; Landscape sustainability – water quality, water resources, habitat planning; Open space and land use; Design of parks and open spaces; School campus design
Esther Margulies, ASLA is a licensed Landscape Architect and founder of The Office of the Designed Landscape (OotDL). As a practice leader at nationally recognized firms she has led multi-disciplinary integrated teams on public realm and private sector projects including urban transit, park and mixed use projects. Her work has included award winning cultural preservation, urban storm water, K-12, planning, higher education and park projects. She is a long time advocate of a revitalized Los Angeles River serving as the co-chair of one of the first professional design charretes to re-imagine the river in the Studio City area in 1997, and the co-founder of The Los Angeles River Public Art Project.
Esther is a part time lecturer in the University of Southern California Master of Landscape Architecture program where she teaches graduate level studio, theory, and construction courses. Ms. Margulies received her undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University and her Master of Landscape Architecture degree from The Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetii as a commissioner on the West Los Angeles Planning Commission. She is a former board member of the USC Architecture Guild.
Ms. Margulies is licensed to practice landscape architecture in California and Massachusetts.
Dan MazmanianPublic Policy
Expertise: Environment; Environmental policy; Sustainable living
Daniel Mazmanian is a Professor of Public Policy in the Price School. A political scientist by training, Mazmanian has focused on issues of environmental protection, related issues of the greening of industry, with a particular focus today on climate change and energy policy in CA and around the globe. In 2009-2010 he served as executive director California Adaptation Advisory Panel to the State of California, which resulted in the report to Governor Schwarzenegger: “Preparing for the Effects of Climate Change – A Strategy for CA.” Over a decade ago he began extending my focus to China’s environmental challenges and how best to manage them. This began formally in 2005-06 when he spent two years on the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development (CCICED) advisory panel on environmental governance where we recommended the establishment of the Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection. More recently, in 2013-15, he participated on a team assessing the performance of the Chinese Ministry of Environment, making recommendations on improving its capacity to protect the environment and innovative strategies for doing so, sponsored by the Asian Development Bank. In 2015-16 he served as part of a research team appointed again by CCICED to a Task Force on National Governance Capacity for Green Transformation of China. He served as Dean of the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Michigan from 1996-2000 before coming to USC as the founding Dean of the Price School, from 2000-2005.
Paulina Oliva, economics associate professor, studies effects of air pollution on health, particularly among low- and middle-income populations. Her research shows that high levels of air pollution can be especially lethal to vulnerable populations in low and middle- income countries such as Mexico and China. Her current research is taking a closer look at socioeconomic characteristics – education, access to healthcare, initial health status – to determine why these populations are more susceptible to the effects of air pollution. Professor Oliva joined the USC faculty this spring following an appointment as an associate professor at UCI and an assistant professor appointment at UC Santa Barbara. Her areas of expertise include environmental economics, development economics and labor economics. Her work – which has been published in the Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Public Economics, and The Economic Journal – aims to address the effectiveness of public policy at improving environmental outcomes and how low-income populations can benefit from these policies. She earned her bachelor’s with high honors at Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, México D.F. and her doctorate at UC Berkeley. Her work has been funded by UC Mexus, the International Growth Centre (London School of Economics), University of California Center for Energy and Environmental Economics, the Weiss Family Fund, and the CDKN Innovation Fund. Professor Oliva is an associate editor of the Review of Economics and Statistics and of the editorial council of the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management. She is also a voted member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Professor Oliva is also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and an affiliate at the Bureau of Research and Economic Analysis of Development.
Lawrence PalinkasSocial Work
Expertise: Living and working in extreme environments; Psychological effects of disasters; Astronauts in space; Mental health of immigrants and refugees; Use of health services by immigrants; Obesity as a global health problem; Post-traumatic stress disorder; Depression and diabetes; Polar expeditions; Winter blues; Hurricanes; Terrorism; Earthquakes; Oil spills; School shootings
Lawrence Palinkas is the Albert G. and Frances Lomas Feldman Professor of Social Policy and Health and Chair of the Department of Children, Youth and Families in the School of Social Work at the University of Southern California. He also holds secondary appointments as Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Preventive Medicine at USC.
A medical anthropologist, his primary areas of expertise lie within health services research, preventive medicine, and cross-cultural medicine. Dr. Palinkas is particularly interested in behavioral health, global health and health disparities, implementation science, community-based participatory research, and the sociocultural and environmental determinants of health and health-related behavior with a focus on disease prevention and health promotion.
His research has included studies of psychosocial adaptation to extreme environments and manmade disasters; mental health needs of older adults; cultural explanatory models of mental illness and service utilization; HIV and substance abuse prevention in Mexico; evaluation of academic-community research practice partnerships; and the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices for delivery of mental health services to children, adolescents and underserved populations. This work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, NIH, the MacArthur Foundation, and the William T. Grant Foundation. Current research encompasses implementation of child and adolescent mental health services, sustainment of prevention programs and initiatives and effects of climate change on vulnerable populations. He also provides expertise to students and colleagues in the use of qualitative and mixed research methods.
Among his scholarly achievements are the Antarctic Service Medal by the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Navy in 1989; deputy chief officer of the Life Sciences Standing Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research in 2002; chair of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute’s External Advisory Council in 2003; co-lead of the Social Work Grand Challenge on Strengthening Social Responses to Environmental Change; and membership on committees of the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Palinkas is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Social Welfare and Social Work, a fellow of the Society for Social Work and Research, American Anthropological Association and Society for Applied Anthropology, and the author of more than 380 publications.
Don PaulEnergy Institute
Donald Paul is the Executive Director of the Energy Institute (USCEI) and holds the William M. Keck Chair of Energy Resources at the University of Southern California. Major USC energy initiatives with industry and government include the Center for Smart Oil Field Technologies, the DOE Regional Smart Grid Demonstration Program, the Center for Energy Infomatics, and the recently formed programs on unconventional hydrocarbon resource development and cyber-physical security systems for energy infrastructures.
Dr. Paul had a distinguished 33-year career with the Chevron Corporation, retiring in June 2008 as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. He advanced through positions of increasing responsibility in technology, exploration and production operations, and executive management, including appointment as the president of Chevron’s Canadian subsidiary.
Dr. Paul currently serves as a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington D.C. and in 2010, was appointed by the Secretary of Energy to the National Petroleum Council. He also participates in advisory roles at several universities (including MIT, Harvard, Rice, and the University of Texas), energy companies, and technology firms. The Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) recently honored Dr.Paul with the 2011 Management and Information Award in recognition of his leading role in the advancement and integration of information technology in the industry.
He holds B.S., M.S., and PhD degrees from MIT and an honorary doctorate from the Colorado School of Mines.
The USCEI has a broad set of research activities that relate to the world’s energy issues. The USCEI research spans from improving the technologies for conventional and renewable energy sources to exploring their environmental, economic, and policy impacts on the world. By using a cross-disciplinary approach, the USCEI has helped researchers expand their boundaries and successfully produce many innovative solutions to the world’s energy problems.
Michelle PovinelliElectrical Engineering
Dr. Michelle Lynn Povinelli is Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics and Astronomy at the University Southern California. She is a Fellow of the OSA and the SPIE. She is also a recipient of the NSF CAREER Award, the Army Research Office Young Investigator Award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), and the TR35 Award for innovators under age 35 from MIT’s Technology Review magazine. She received a BA from the University of Chicago, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and a PhD from MIT, all in Physics. She was a postdoctoral researcher in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where she won a L’Oréal For Women in Science Postdoctoral Fellowship. She has co-authored more than seventy-five journal articles, three book chapters, and three US Patents.
Dr. Povinelli’s research interest is nanophotonics, the study of how light interacts with nano- and microscale structures. Her group studies nanophotonic structures such as photonic crystals, microresonators, and nanowires for applications in optical communications, energy, and biology. Dr. Povinelli uses both theoretical and experimental techniques to study the basic science of nanophotonic materials, design novel devices, and optimize them for various applications.
Alexander A. RobinsonLandscape Architecture and Urbanism
Expertise: Landscape architecture; Landscape infrastructures (green infrastructure); Sustainable landscape system, technologies, and materials; Landscape aesthetics; Natural landscape form, function, and process, including fractals; Landscape surveying; Engineering and landscape architecture; Urban heat island; Landscape urbanism; GIS mapping; Tactical urbanism; Owens Valley and Owens Lake Dust Control Project; The intersection of water politics, infrastructure and open space; Los Angeles River, history of design and contemporary work; Hydraulic modeling and other design technologies; Contemporary parks and open space
Alexander Robinson is an Assistant Professor in the USC Landscape Architecture & Urbanism program, an Affiliate of both the Spatial Sciences Institute and Wrigley Institute of Environmental Studies, and principal of the Office of Outdoor Research in Los Angeles, California. A landscape architect, researcher, and scholar he is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and a lifelong explorer of California. His research advances the design craft, resilience, and societal value of large-scale, multifunctional infrastructures through a synthesis of historical analysis, advanced design tools, and public engagement. Subjects include Owens Lake, Los Angeles River, Salton Sea, and Tevere (Tiber) River, as well as other infrastructure/open-space hybrids. Prior to his academic appointment, Alexander worked at SWA Group, MLA-Studio, and Stoss and contributed to major regional infrastructure master plans, including the award-winning 2005 Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan that has guided the city for the last decade. His own practice, the Office of Outdoor Research won a 2018 ASLA (Southern California Chapter) Merit Award for the RebArena.
Darren RuddellSpatial Sciences
Expertise: Human-environment interactions; GIS; Geospatial technologies; Urban sustainability; Geodesign; Urban heat island; Quality of life; Energy-water nexus; Climate
Darren M. Ruddell, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Spatial Sciences in the Spatial Sciences Institute at the University of Southern California’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
The overarching focus of Ruddell’s research is climate and society, an expanding area in global change studies, which incorporates socio-ecological interactions across multiple scales of analysis. Ruddell is particularly interested in the dynamic relationship between human development and the modification of native landscapes which are altering physical processes, as witnessed in rising global temperatures and urban heat islands (UHI), and the subsequent impacts that changing environmental systems pose on human health, well-being, and urban sustainability. While a changing climate can offer more favorable conditions for human development, changes in natural processes have also been found to stress local social and systems.
Changes in climate not only present significantly different challenges to communities depending on geographic, economic, and political contexts, but vulnerability to climate change is also tightly coupled with urban form which can help mitigate or exacerbate local impacts. Sustainable urban design (i.e., Geodesign) can simultaneously reduce the UHI effect, improve local air quality, revitalized ecosystem health, and reduce fossil fuel dependency; all fundamental elements of a resilient city.
Ruddell teaches courses in the Spatial Sciences Institute undergraduate residential general education and Geodesign programs as well as the online GIST Graduate Programs. He has developed expertise in geographic information science and associated technologies to acquire, organize, analyze, model, and visualize spatial data. As an educator, he seeks to help students develop the critical and spatial thinking skills required to effectively manage and deploy these technologies in diverse settings to produce spatially-informed and scientifically sound results. He has been on the forefront of developing curriculum and pedagogical approaches in the field of geodesign, a forward-thinking, interdisciplinary, and iterative process that aims to build a better world by promoting harmony between human and ecological systems. Ruddell is active in service and faculty governance where he served as the Chair of the USC Academic Senate Sustainability Committee which advances sustainability initiatives at USC. He has served as president of the USC Dornsife College Faculty Council. He also serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Sustainable Land Use and Urban Planning. He is certified as a Geographic Information Science Professional (GISP) by the Geographic Information Science Certification Institute (GISCI).
Kelly SandersCivil and Environmental Engineering
Expertise: Energy-water nexus; Water issues regarding energy extraction, production and usage; Water issues for hydraulic fracturing/fracking; Water issues for power plants; Power generation and the power grid; Electricity generation; Power plants; Drought and water management; Energy for food production; The treatment, desalination, pumping, end-use and reclamation of energy for water
Dr. Kelly Twomey Sanders is an Assistant Professor in the University of Southern California’s Sonny Astani Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Her research aims to ease tensions between human and natural systems through technical, regulatory and market intervention, with particular emphasis on reducing the environmental impacts of providing energy and water services. She has authored more than two dozen publications and has given dozens of invited talks on topics at the intersection of engineering, science, and policy. Sanders has been recognized in Forbes’ 30 under 30: Today’s disruptors and tomorrow’s brightest stars and MIT Technology Review’s 35 Innovators Under 35 for her contributions to the energy field. In 2019, she was granted a National Science Foundation Early CAREER award. Her research and commentary have been featured in media outlets such as Forbes, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal and Scientific American. Sanders received her B.S. in Bioengineering from the Pennsylvania State University, as well M.S.E and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, respectively. She teaches classes related to energy and the environment.
Expertise: Climate science education; Evolution education; Public understanding of science; Literacy
Dr. Gale M. Sinatra is the Stephen H. Crocker Professor of Psychology and Education at Rossier. She is currently serving as the President of the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Division 15 (Educational Psychology) (https://apadiv15.org/). She serves as Associate Editor of the APA journal, Psychological Bulletin. She is a Fellow of APA, American Educational Research Association (AERA), and the Society for Text and Discourse. Her areas of expertise include climate science education, evolution education, STEM learning, conceptual change learning, and the public understanding of science.
Sinatra heads the Motivated Change Research Lab at USC (https://www.motivatedchangelab.com/), the mission of which is understanding the cognitive, motivational, and emotional processes that lead to attitude change, conceptual change, and successful STEM learning. Her areas of expertise include climate science education, evolution education, conceptual change learning, and the public understanding of science. Sinatra’s model of conceptual change learning describes how motivational factors contribute to the likelihood that individuals will change their thinking about a scientific topic.Sinatra currently serves as Co-PI on a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant, Re-Living Paleontology: Studying How Augmented Reality Immersion and Interaction Impact Engagement and Communicating Science. In collaboration with her partners at USC’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) and the Natural History Museum, the project team is building an AR exhibit at La Brea Tar Pitts and Museum to support visitor’s engagement with science. She is also currently working on a co-authored volume on public understanding of science with her collaborator, Dr. Barbara Hofer of Middlebury College, VT to be published by Oxford University Press in 2020.
Yan TangPublic Administration
Expertise: Environmental policy and politics in East Asia, with a focus on China and Taiwan; Microcredit programs in the U.S. and abroad; Land conservation; Environmental governance and economic development; Local government, particularly in Southern California; Public pensions; Governance reform; Redevelopment agencies
Shui-Yan Tang is the Frances R. and John J. Duggan Professor of Public Administration at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. His main research interests include institutional analysis and design, common-pool resource governance, environmental regulation enforcement, and environmental politics and policy. He is the co-author of Regulatory Styles, Society, and Environmental Governance in China(Oxford: Routledge, 2014) and the author of Institutions and Collective Action: Self-Governance in Irrigation(San Francisco: Institute for Contemporary Studies Press, 1992).
Frank ZerunyanPublic Administration
Expertise: Local governments; Public-private partnerships; Governance; Leadership; Executive education; Legal profession; Rule of law; California redevelopment; Negotiation; International public policy
Frank Vram Zerunyan, JD is a Professor of the Practice of Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy and Director of Executive Education at USC Price Bedrosian Center on Governance and The Neely Center for Ethical Leadership and Decision Making, an Interdisciplinary Center USC Marshall USC Viterbi and USC Price (DECIDE). His key areas of expertise include Local Governments, Public Private Partnerships, Civic and Ethical Leadership, Land Use, Regulation, Negotiation and Executive Education. He teaches graduate courses on Intersectoral Leadership (Collaborative Governance), Business and Public Policy, International Issues in Public Policy, Negotiation, Place Institutions and Governance as well as International Laboratory. Frank also lectures locally and globally to build capacity and foster leadership among public executives worldwide. For his influential work over the past five years in Armenia, he was awarded LL.D. Doctor of Laws – Honoris Causa by the Public Administration Academy of the Republic of Armenia.
Frank is a three term Mayor and still serving Council member in the City of Rolling Hills Estates, California. In his role as a public official, after serving as Chair of the Planning Commission in Rolling Hills Estates, Frank was elected to the City Council in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. He previously served and continues to serve on various regional public boards, including law enforcement, sanitation, technology and transit. He has chaired and continues to chair select city government committees in Rolling Hills Estates. Frank’s public service on various local government policy committees extends statewide with the California League of Cities, California Contract Cities Association and Southern California Association of Governments. In 2008, Frank was elected and assumed a leadership role as the 52nd President of California Contracts Cities Association, the second largest municipal organization in the state of California with approximately 70 member cities and 7 million residents.
As a gubernatorial appointee under Governor Schwarzenegger, Frank was a state regulator serving on the Medical Board of California in the Department of Consumer Affairs. He was elected by the Board to serve as its Vice President. After five years of service on the Medical Board, Frank’s term expired in June of 2011. His responsibilities on the Medical Board included the promulgation of regulation, professional discipline and the sixty million plus budget of the Medical Board.
In January of 2013, Frank was appointed to an ad hoc experts committee on capacity building in public administration at the United Nations Division for Public Administration and Development Management in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs. In that capacity, he lectures and conducts capacity building seminars at UN headquarters in New York as well as at UN Forums around the world. Also, as part of his global academic service focused on governance, Frank was recently appointed to the Editorial Council of the Public Administration Scientific Journal for the Republic Armenia.
Frank has more than 30 years of comprehensive and multi-sectorial experience as a lawyer, judge pro tem, author, consultant, director, board member, professor and public servant. Frank has been honored as one of Southern California Magazine’s Super Lawyers since 2004, The Legal Network’s Top Lawyers in California, Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and American Law and Government institutions like the California Assembly, the California Senate, the County of Los Angeles and various city governments for his leadership in the public sector. In the not for profit sector, Frank chaired the Daniel Freeman Hospitals Foundation in 2001-02 and oversaw the successful distribution of $8 million in gifts. He has acted as a policy advisor and counsel to the Armenian National Committee of America in Washington DC. Frank also served as chairman of the Board of Governors of the worldwide Armenian Bar Association. As a lawyer, he is licensed to practice law in California, District of Columbia (inactive), Courts of International Trade, Federal Courts in the 9th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Frank earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence (Doctor of Laws) degree from Western State University College of Law and his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University Long Beach. He also completed his advanced legal studies in Corporate Taxation at the University of Southern California Law Center (USC Gould). He is a graduate of California League of Cities’ Civic Leadership Institute, an educational forum for the state’s rising leaders.
External Advisory Board
The external advisory board provides support and input to the Centers leadership team in the strategic direction of the center. Board members represent key stakeholders linked with the thematic areas and the international network of hubs, including from government, industry, NGOs and USC Alumni.