Faculty Fellows

The Social Innovation Faculty Fellows were established to foster collaboration between the Center and leading researchers working on solutions that improve the quality of life for people in low-income, urban communities.

To this end the Center supports the Social Innovation Faculty Fellows by:

  1. funding innovative faculty research that advances solutions to urban poverty,
  2. facilitating research through the integrated data platform: Neighborhood Data for Social Change,
  3. promoting faculty research impact through publications and convenings,
  4. communicating external funding opportunities with you and
  5. nurturing a vibrant and innovative scholarly community with seminars and conferences.

Likewise, Price Center faculty fellows commit to building this vital community through collaboration on transdisciplinary social innovation research and through regular participation in Price Center events including the Social Innovation Lecture Series. For more information on becoming a Social Innovation faculty fellow, please contact Richard Parks at richard@usc.edu.

Paul S. Adler
Professor of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business

Paul S. Adler is currently Harold Quinton Chair in Business Policy at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. He grew up and started his education in Australia, received his PhD in economics and management in France, and moved the USA in 1981. His research and teaching focus on organization strategy and design and business/government/society interactions. He is currently Past-President of the Academy of Management, an international association of over 20,000 management scholars.

Jody Agius Vallejo
Associate Professor, Sociology

Jody Agius Vallejo concentrates on immigration, race/ethnicity, Latinos and the Latino middle class. Her book, Barrios to Burbs: The Making of the Mexican American Middle Class (Stanford University Press) examines patterns of mobility and socioeconomic incorporation among upwardly mobile and middle-class Mexican Americans in Southern California. Her current research examines middle and upper class Latino entrepreneurs and their patterns of wealth accumulation and ethnic philanthropy.

Emma Aguila
Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Emma Aguila is an Assistant Professor at the USC School of Public Policy. She holds a BA in Economics from the Instituto Tecnologico Autonomo de Mexico, a MSc. in Economics from University College London, and a Ph.D. in Economics from University College London. Her research interests include pension reform, saving for retirement, and social security coverage and labor dynamics and access to social security of immigrants.

Tridib Banerjee
Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy
James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning

Tridib Banerjee, Ph.D., has focused his research, teaching, and writing on the design and planning of the built environment and the related human and social consequences. In particular, he is interested in the political economy of urban development, and the effects of globalization in the transformation of urban form and urbanism from a comparative international perspective. His current research includes implementation of smart growth policies, converting brown fields to affordable housing, designing for residential density and walkable communities, and transit oriented development.

Raphael Bostic
Judith and John Bedrosian Chair in Governance and the Public Enterprise

Dr. Raphael Bostic arrived at USC in 2001, where he served as a professor in the University of Southern California’s School of Policy, Planning, and Development. His work spans many fields including home ownership, housing finance, neighborhood change, and the role of institutions in shaping policy effectiveness. A particular emphasis has been on how the private, public, and non-profit sectors interact to influence household access to economic and social amenities. His work has appeared in the leading economic, public policy, and planning journals. He was Director of USC’s Master of Real Estate Development degree program and was the founding director of the Casden Real Estate Economics Forecast.
Marlon Boarnet
Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
Director, Graduate Programs in Urban Planning

Marlon Boarnet is Professor of Public Policy and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. Boarnet’s 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. He is co-author of Travel by Design (Oxford University Press, 2001), a comprehensive study of the link between land use and travel. Boarnet is a fellow of the Weimer School of the Homer Hoyt Institute for Real Estate, and he serves on the governing board of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning.

Terry Cooper
The Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values

Terry L. Cooper, Ph.D., focuses his research on citizen participation and ethics in government. Currently, Professor Cooper is one of the co-principal investigators in the USC Neighborhood Participation Project. There, he conducts research on the role of neighborhood organizations in governance in the City of Los Angeles through the newly established system of neighborhood councils. He also provides leadership as director of the Civic Engagement Initiative at USC.

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett
Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett is associate professor at USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy. She teaches courses in economic development and urban policy and planning. Her research is in economic development with a particular focus on art and culture research. She is the author of The Warhol Economy: How Fashion, Art and Music Drive New York City (Princeton University Press 2007) and Starstruck: The Business of Celebrity(Faber & Faber/Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2010).

Nicolas Duquette
Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Nicolas Duquette teaches courses on nonprofit management and social innovation at USC. He completed his PhD in economics from the University of Michigan in 2014. His research is in public finance and economic history, with particular interest in the role of public policy in the evolution of the nonprofit sector.

Nicole Esparza
Assistant Professor, Director of Graduate Programs in Nonprofit Leadership and Management

Nicole Esparza conducts research on the influence of networks and collaborations on the performance, innovation, and management in nonprofit organizations. She is interested in how social forces, including community, economic and civic relationships, affect the diffusion and growth of relationships in the sector. Her substantive policy focus has been on housing, homelessness, and human services.

James M. Ferris
Emery Evans Olson Chair in Non-Profit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy
Director, Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy

James M. Ferris is the founding Director of The Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy at the University of Southern California. He is a Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and holds the Emery Evans Olson Chair in Nonprofit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy. He specializes in the economics of the public and nonprofit sectors, public finance and public policy. He is currently investigating the changing landscape of philanthropy; roles and strategies for foundation engagement in public policymaking; philanthropic-government partnerships; and place-based philanthropy. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.

Elizabeth Graddy
Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy
Jeffrey J. Miller Chair in Government, Business, and the Economy
USC Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs

Professor Graddy’s expertise is in institutional economics, public and nonprofit organizations, and public policy analysis. Her research focuses on the role of private organizations in serving the public interest, how industry and organizational structure affect performance, and how information asymmetry and uncertainty affect institutional design and effectiveness. These interests have led to numerous publications addressing the supply of public services, public-private partnerships, community-based philanthropic organizations, state budgetary processes, liability laws, and regulatory outcomes, and industry structure and performance.

Alex Graddy-Reed
Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Alexandra Graddy-Reed is an Assistant Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Grounded in theories of public economics, institutional change, and innovation production, her research is focused on the evolving organizational forms and strategies of grantmakers to be more outcome oriented to assess what promotes innovation. Graddy-Reed teaches courses on the theories and policies of nonprofits and social innovation.

Howard P. Greenwald
Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

A graduate of the University of Chicago and University of California, Berkeley, Howard P. Greenwald is a sociologist with interests in program evaluation, survey research, organizational behavior, health care systems, and marketing. Recent publications include “Public Responses to a Comprehensive Smoking Ban” (Drugs and Alcohol Yoday, 2015), “Quality of Life and Disparities Among Long-Term Cervical Cancer Survivors” (Journal of Cancer Survivorship, 2014), Health Care in the United States: Organization, Management, and Policy (Jossey-Bass, 2010), and Organizations: Management Without Control (Sage, 2007). Dr. Greenwald’s current research focuses on organization and politics of health care in Canada, community policing, and food systems.

Eric Heikkila
Director, International Initiatives

Professor Eric Heikkila is Director of the USC Price School’s Office of International Initiatives. His research is both quantitative and qualitative in nature, and focuses primarily on urban development issues. He is currently working on a book entitled China from a U.S. Policy Perspective.

Michael Hurlburt
Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Dr. Hurlburt’s career is devoted to scholarship that advances research and conceptually guided strategies for improving the reach and impact of behavioral health interventions designed to improve the relationships and emotional health of children and families, with an emphasis on maltreatment prevention.
With support from the center, Hurlburt chairs a research-practice collaborative in San Diego County focused on local community-based primary maltreatment prevention, building on his expertise in parenting interventions and strategies for community-based implementation. He reviews for more than a dozen leading journals in social work, psychology, psychiatry, pediatrics and health services research.

Jill Kickul

Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship and Research
Director, Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab

Jill was formerly at NYU’s Stern School of Business as Director of Social Entrepreneurship and the Chair for the 30-course MBA specialization in social Innovation and Impact. She is the Founding Director of the Annual Conference on Social Entrepreneurship, the largest academic conference in the field. She has published more than 100 articles in leading entrepreneurship and management journals and her bestselling book, Understanding Social Entrepreneurship has been adopted in over 80 universities. Jill is the Editor of the Social Entrepreneurship Journal and her work on entrepreneurship education has been nationally recognized by Fortune as a Top 10 Innovative Program.

Annette Kim

Associate Professor
Director, Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB)

Annette M. Kim is Associate Professor at the University of Southern California’s Price School of Public Policy. She is also the Director of SLAB, the newly formed spatial analysis laboratory that advances the visualization of the social sciences for public service through teaching, research, and public engagement. Her research experiments with critical cartography and spatial ethnography to re-conceptualize contemporary urbanism and find more inclusive and humane ways to design and govern the 21st century city.

Dora Kingsley-Vertenten

Professor (Nonresident Teaching)

Dora Kingsley Vertenten is a practitioner of public policy through the American political system. Since joining USC’s faculty in 1996, she focuses her teaching in public administration and political management including USC’s Semester in Washington Politics program. Kingsley-Vertenten is an elected lifetime Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration (www.NAPAWash.org), an independent organization chartered by Congress to help public organizations’ strategic planning and managing for results.

Lavonna Lewis
Teaching Professor
Director, Undergraduate Programs

Dr. Lewis’ areas of research consistently focus on cultural competency and the health status and health care needs of underrepresented groups. She is currently involved in addressing racial disparities cardiovascular disease and diabetes through the Community Health Councils, Inc., African American Building a Legacy of Health Project. The project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is a community based project that explores individual, organizational, and community support for (and barriers to) healthy living.

Julie Marsh
Associate Professor, Rossier School of Education

Julie A. Marsh, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Education Policy at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. Dr. Marsh specializes in research on K-12 policy, including the implementation and effects of accountability and instructional improvement policies, the use of data to guide decision-making, and the politics of educational reform. Her research blends perspectives in education, sociology, and political science.

Ryan McAlinden
Associate Director, Digital Training and Instruction

Ryan McAlinden is the associate director for digital training and instruction at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies. He rejoined ICT in 2013 after a three year post as a senior scientist at the NATO Communications & Information Agency (NCIA) in The Hague, Netherlands. There he led the provision of operational analysis support from NCIA to the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Jacquelyn McCroskey
John Milner Professor of Child Welfare

Jacquelyn McCroskey, the John Milner Professor of Child Welfare and Co-Director of the Children’s Data Network at the USC School of Social Work, focuses on structure, financing and performance improvement in and across the child welfare, juvenile justice and early care and education (ECE) systems in Los Angeles County. Recent scholarly interests include prevention of child maltreatment, improving access to ECE services for at-risk families, and cross-system collaboration. Dr. McCroskey currently serves on the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families and the Policy Roundtable for Child Care and Development. In 2003, the California Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named her the California Social Worker of the Year.

Tatiana Melguizo
Associate Professor, Rossier School of Education

Dr. Tatiana Melguizo is an Associate Professor in the USC Rossier School of Education. She works in the field of economics of higher education. She uses quantitative methods of analysis and large-scale longitudinal survey data to study the association of different factors such as student trajectories and specific institutional characteristics on the persistence and educational outcomes of minority (African American and Hispanic) and low-income students.

Jennifer Miller
Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Jennifer Miller teaches economics and public policy formulation, implementation, and analysis. She earned her doctorate in public policy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is interested in technology-enabled innovations in teaching and in the intersection between science & technology policy and the future of work.

Dowell Myers
Director, Population Dynamics Research Group

Dowell Myers, Ph.D., is a specialist in urban growth and societal change, with expertise as a planner and urban demographer. He has been an advisor to the Bureau of the Census and authored the most widely referenced work on census analysis, Analysis with Local Census Data: Portraits of Change (Academic Press, 1992). His demographic work has included substantial emphasis on immigration, and his 2007 book,Immigrants and Boomers: Forging a New Social Contract for the Future of America, has been widely recognized. In the policy and planning field, he is a champion of future-oriented research, which helps inform better decisions today.

Debbie Natoli
Associate Professor (Teaching)
Director, Professional Doctorate Program

Deborah Natoli, Ph.D., teaches, researches, consults, and writes about adult development. She is particularly interested in how organizations as learning communities enhance personal growth in the context of professional development and support the psychological transformations in consciousness necessary for optimal quality of life and collective societal wellbeing. More specifically, Deborah’s scholarship focuses on teachers and teaching. Though capturing teacher stories and perceptions of day-to-day realities, she discovered patterns in how teachers develop as persons who teach, devised a framework for evaluation beyond performance review, and received funding and award from the Marshall School for supporting professors with transformative classroom practices that raised student ratings of teaching scores and enhanced teacher and student satisfaction.

Ann Owens
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Spatial Sciences

Ann Owens is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at USC. Her research interests include neighborhood poverty, neighborhood change, racial and economic school and neighborhood segregation, educational inequalities, affordable housing, and social policy. Previously, Ann received a PhD in Sociology & Social Policy from Harvard University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Stanford.

Manuel Pastor
Professor, Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity
Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)
Director, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII)

Dr. Manuel Pastor is Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. Pastor currently directs the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC and USC’s Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration (CSII). He holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC.

Morgan Polikoff
Assistant Professor, Rossier School of Education

Morgan Polikoff is an assistant professor of education at the USC Rossier School of Education. He studies the design, implementation, and effects of standards, assessment, and accountability policies.


Emily Putnam-Hornstein
Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Dr. Hornstein joined the faculty in 2011 after completing her doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. She currently directs the Children’s Data Network, an agency, university and community collaborative funded by First 5 LA and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation (co-director: Jacquelyn McCroskey). The Children’s Data Network provides a platform for the linkage and analysis of large-scale, administrative data sources to inform children’s policies and programs. Putnam-Hornstein also maintains an appointment at the UC Berkeley California Child Welfare Indicators Project, a long-standing child welfare data and research collaboration with the California Department of Social Services.

William G. Resh
Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Bill Resh earned his doctoral degree at the American University’s School of Public Affairs in 2011. He was a tenure-track assistant professor in public management at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs from 2011 to 2014. Bill joined the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2014. While his research covers a wide array of governance topics (e.g., executive politics, organization theory, street-level bureaucracy, goal conflict, and contracting), a common theme is how administrative structure, political environments, and inter- and intra-organizational relationships affect the decision calculus of the individuals within organizations tasked with public policy implementation.
Peter Robertson
Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy
Director, Master of Public Administration

Peter Robertson is an organizational theorist with a long interest in the topic of organizational change, including the many complex issues associated with efforts to improve organizational functioning. At present, he is particularly interested in the changes reflected in the emergence of collaborative governance, which typically entails participants from multiple organizations working together to address interdependent concerns. He is also intrigued by the many systemic changes already apparent as society shifts from the industrial era into the information age, with some of my writing focusing on the new forms of organizational and governance systems needed to be compatible with the ecological orientation that is slowly replacing the modern era’s mechanistic mindset.

Heather Rosoff
Research Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Heather Rosoff is a Research Assistant Professor in USC’s Sol Price School of Public Policy and for USC’s National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE). Her research focuses on using risk and decision analysis to study terrorism and homeland security. Her recent research has focused on evaluating the perceived risk relationships across disaster characteristics and predicting public behavioral responses to an event, and on studying the terrorist threat from the adversary perspective and integrating terrorist challenges and vulnerabilities into policy making.

Michal Sela-Amit
Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Michal Sela-Amit is a clinical associate professor at the USC School of Social Work. She is a lead professor on the advanced theories and interventions in children, adolescents and family courses. Sela-Amit also teaches foundation practice courses, domestic violence and a global immersion course on Israel. Her clinical interests include providing culturally sensitive and relationally informed interventions. She also uses narrative therapy and the healing and transformative power of the arts in her practice and teaching.

David Sloane
Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

David Sloane, Ph.D., teaches courses in urban planning, policy, and history, and community health planning and policy. His research examines the urban planning and public health, American, health disparities and community development, neighborhood dynamics of public safety and crime, and public and private commemoration. He is currently engaged in research projects regarding the role of resource environments in health disparities in cardiovascular disease and diabetes among African Americans, changing styles of commemoration in post-Vietnam America, civil gang injunctions and public safety, and a social assessment of Hollywood, California.

Katharine Strunk
Associate Professor of Education and Policy, Rossier School of Education

Dr. Katharine O. Strunk is an Associate Professor of Education and Policy at the University of Southern California, with a joint appointment in the Rossier School of Education and the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Dr. Strunk’s research is focused on three areas, all of which fall under the broad umbrella of K-12 education governance: teachers’ unions and the collective bargaining agreements they negotiate with school districts, teacher evaluation and compensation, and accountability policies.

Roberto Suro
Director, Tomas Rivera Policy Institute

Roberto Suro examines immigration with an emphasis on the Hispanic population, U.S. immigration policy, and U.S. public opinion regarding immigration — as a researcher, author, and journalist. His books include Strangers Among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America, (Vintage, 1999), Watching America’s Door: The Immigration Backlash and the New Policy Debate, (Twentieth Century Fund, 1996),Remembering the American Dream: Hispanic Immigration and National Policy, (Twentieth Century Fund, 1994). He is also the author of numerous book chapters, reports and other publications. Suro’s latest book isWriting Immigration: Scholars and Journalists in Dialogue (U of CA Press, 2011) co-edited with Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and Vivian Louie.

Lisa Schweitzer
Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Lisa Schweitzer is Associate Professor at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. She specializes in urban studies, and, in particular, analyses of social justice, environment and transport. Her work has appeared in multiple popular and scholarly outlets, and her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Health. She maintains a blog about sustainable urbanism at www.lisaschweitzer.com.

Dorian Traube
Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs

Dorian Traube is an associate professor at the USC School of Social Work. Her research agenda focuses on the behavioral health of high-risk adolescents, use of telemedicine technology to deliver services to hard to reach populations, and early intervention for families. She currently is supported by the Clinton Global Initiative to partner with Parents as Teachers to offer home visitation services through interactive, web-based telehealth technology.

Adlai Wertman
Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Marshall School of Business

Adlai Wertman is a professor of clinical entrepreneurship at the USC Marshall School of Business and holds a joint appointment at the Rossier School of Education. He is also the founding director of the Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab at Marshall —a center focused on educating and supporting USC students, faculty, staff, and community members on using business models to address global social, environmental and health challenges. Prior to joining USC, Professor Wertman spent eight years as CEO of Chrysalis – a Los Angeles homeless agency, and 18 years as a senior investment banker.

Julie M. Zissimopoulos
Associate Director, Schaeffer Center
Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Julie M. Zissimopoulos is an Assistant Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy and serves as the Associate Director of the Leonard D. Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics. Research topics of special interest are cost of Alzheimer’s disease, savings and wealth, labor force behavior, financial and non-financial support between generations of family members and medical expenditures at older ages. Dr. Zissimopoulos received her B.A. summa cum laude from Boston College and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles.