Leadership

Faculty and staff at the USC Price Center for Social Innovation share a deep commitment to developing ideas and illuminating strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income urban communities. Faculty fellows offer expertise on a variety of policy issues related to social innovation, including: housing and urban development, homelessness, health, transportation, economic development, immigration, and education, among others. We invite you to learn more about our faculty and staff below.



Our Leadership  

Gary Painter

Director

Christine M. Beckman

Visiting Professor

Roberto Suro 

Associate Director

Ann Owens 

Associate Director

Caroline Bhalla

Managing Director

Megan Goulding

Director of External Relations

Our Team  

Stacia Fewox 

Events and Administrative Coordinator 

Elly Schoen

Data & Project Manager

Brooke Adams

Research Assistant
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Serena Allen

Research Assistant

Sean Angst

Doctoral Research Assistant
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Hector Arechiga De Leon

Research Assistant
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Ashley Aviles Brizuela

Research Assistant

Cynthia Barboza

Doctoral Research Assistant

Kevin Barrow

Research Assistant
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Jonathan Bates

Research Assistant
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Megan Besecker

Research Assistant

Tingyee Chang

Research Assistant
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Gloria Cheng

Research Assistant
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Victoria Ciudad-Real

Research Assistant 
Michael Claproth

Michael Claproth

Research Assistant
Jake Clark

Jake Clark

Research Assistant

Soledad De Gregorio

Doctoral Research Assistant 
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Erin Erickson

Research Assistant
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Rebecca Ezersky

Research Assistant
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Lynnete Guzman

Research Assistant
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Rebecca Harbeck

Research Assistant
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Yu Tian (Jessica) He

Research Assistant
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Brooke Helstrom

Research Assistant
Oscar Hernandez Lara

Oscar Hernandez Lara

Doctoral Research Assistant

Parth Kundaliya

Research Assistant
Christopher Maikish

Christopher Maikish

Communications Specialist
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Hilary Olson

Doctoral Research Assistant

Araceli Palafox

Research Assistant 
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Jocelyn Poe

Doctoral Research Assistant
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Jorge Rojas-Ortega

Research Assistant
Harris Rosenblum

Harris Rosenblum

Research Assistant

Erika Van Sickel

Research Assistant 
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Kalin G. Sims

Research Assistant
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Benjamin Toney

Doctoral Research Assistant
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Sandria Tran

Research Assistant
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Victoria Weber

Research Assistant
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Samantha Zhang

Research Assistant

Our Faculty Fellows  

Paul S. Adler

Professor of Management and Organization, Marshall School of Business

Jody Agius Vallejo

Associate Professor, Sociology

Emma Aguila Vega

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Tridib Banerjee

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I James Irvine Chair in Urban and Regional Planning 
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François Bar

Professor of Communication and Spatial Sciences, Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism

Marlon Boarnet 

Professor, Price School of Public Policy I Director, Graduate Programs in Urban Planning 

Terry Cooper 

Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy I The Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values 

Michael R. Cousineau

Professor of Clinical Preventative Medicine, USC Dept of Preventative Medicine and Family Medicine

Elizabeth Currid-Halkett

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

Nicolas Duquette 

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

James M. Ferris 

Professor I Emery Evans Olson Chair in Non-Profit Entrepreneurship and Public Policy I Director, Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy 
Hernán Galperin

Hernán Galperin

Research Associate Professor, Annenberg School for Communication | Director, Annenberg Research Network on International Communication

Alex Graddy-Reed 

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Howard P. Greenwald 

Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Eric Heikkila 

Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, International Initiatives 

Michael Hurlburt 

Associate Professor, School of Social Work 

Jill Kickul

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

Annette Kim 

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I  Director, Spatial Analysis Lab (SLAB) 

Dora Kingsley-Vertenten 

Professor (Nonresident Teaching), Sol Price School of Public Policy

Lavonna Lewis 

Teaching Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, Undergraduate Programs 

Julie Marsh

Associate Professor, Rossier School of Education 

Ryan McAlinden 

Associate Director, Digital Training and Instruction 

Jacquelyn McCroskey 

John Milner Professor of Child Welfare 

Tatiana Melguizo 

Associate Professor, Rossier School of Education 

Jennifer Miller 

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 
Juliet Ann Musso

Juliet Ann Musso

Associate Professor & Vice Chair, Department of Governance, Management and the Policy Process, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Dowell Myers 

Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, Population Dynamics Research Group 

Debbie Natoli 

Associate Professor (Teaching), Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, Professional Doctorate Program 

Manuel Pastor 

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

Morgan Polikoff 

Assistant Professor, Rossier School of Education 

Emily Putnam-Hornstein 

Associate Professor, School of Social Work 

William G. Resh 

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Peter Robertson

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Director, Master of Public Administration
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Jovanna Rosen 

Research Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Heather Rosoff 

Research Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Michal Sela-Amit 

Clinical Associate Professor, School of Social Work 

David Sloane 

Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Dorian Traube  

Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs 

Lisa Schweitzer 

Associate Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy 

Anne Vo

Assistant Professor of Clinical Medical Education

Adlai Wertman  

Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship, Marshall School of Business 

Julie M. Zissimopoulos  

Assistant Professor, Sol Price School of Public Policy I Associate Director, Schaeffer Center 

Our Board  

Jack H. Knott, Co-chair

Dean, Sol Price School of Public Policy

Robert Price, Co-chair

President, Price Philanthropies

Scheherazade Sherry Bahrambeygui

Vice Chairperson, Executive Vice President, and Secretary; Price Philanthropies

Becky Modesto

Director of University Relations for Price Philanthropies

Neeraj Sood, PhD

Professor and Vice Dean for Research, Sol Price School of Public Policy & USC Schaeffer Center