I am an assistant professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California where I teach courses on the nonprofit sector, philanthropy, and innovation. I am also the Research Director for the NSF I-Corps Hub West and LA I-Corps Node as well as the Director of the MINERVA Lab, a collaboration with the Viterbi School of Engineering.
My research focuses on the financing of innovation. I estimate the impacts of federal funding and philanthropic grantmaking on research & development, small business, and entrepreneurship. I primarily use micro-level data and micro-econometric methodologies. I also examine issues around gender equity and diversity on innovation and the role of organizational structure on public good provision.
Areas of Expertise:
Public Policy, Policy Implementation, & Evaluation
Science & Innovation Policy, Research & Development
Philanthropy & Nonprofits, Social Innovation
PPD 371 The Nonprofit Sector & the Public Interest, Undergraduate
PPD 689 The Nonprofit Sector & Philanthropy, Graduate
PPD 478 Social Innovation, Undergraduate
PPDE 580 Social Innovation, Graduate
I earned my PhD in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and my BA from Hendrix College.