Faculty

Regular Faculty

Bhavna Shamasunder

Bhavna Shamasunder, Chair

Associate Professor and Chair, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.S./B.A., UC San Diego; M.ES., Yale University; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Bhavna Shamasunder teaches and conducts research at the intersection of environmental health & justice with a focus on inequalities in chemical exposures faced by low-income communities and communities of color who live and work in urban and/or industrial environments.
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Mijin Cha

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.S., Cornell University; J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law; LLM, Ph.D., University of London
J. Mijin Cha's research and teaching interests are in the areas of climate justice, environmental justice, labor movements, and the intersection of labor and climate justice. Dr. Cha is a fellow at Cornell University's Worker Institute, where she works on the Labor Leading on Climate initiative. Her recent research is on "just transition," how to transition workers and communities equitably into a low-carbon future. Dr. Cha is on the board of the Center on Race, Poverty, and the Environment and a member of the California Bar.
Professor Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics; Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.A., Syracuse University M.A., Ph.D., University of Chicago
Peter Dreier has been involved in urban policy as a scholar, government official, reporter, and advocate for 30 years.
Martha Matsuoka

Martha Matsuoka

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy; Executive Director, Urban & Environmental Policy Institute; Interim Faculty Director, Center for Community Based Learning
A.B., Occidental College; M.C.P., UC Berkeley Ph.D., UCLA
Martha Matsuoka ’83 focuses her teaching and research on issues such as metropolitan regionalism, sustainable community development, social movements, and environmental justice.
Professor Seva Rodnyansky

Seva Rodnyansky

Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., Northwestern University; Ph.D., University of Southern California
Seva Rodnyansky’s research focuses on urban policy related to housing, transportation, residential mobility and neighborhood change. Read his Oxy Story profile.

Non-Tenure Track Faculty

Rick Cole

Visiting Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
A.B., Occidental College; M.S., Columbia University

Fernanda Jahn Verri

Visiting Assistant Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.A., M.A., Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul; Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles

Bonnie S. Wang

Visiting Instructor, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.A., National Chengchi University; M.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ph.D., USC (in progress)

John (Gus) Wendel

Visiting Assistant Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.A., Brown University; M.A., Ph.D., UCLA

Steve Zimmer

Visiting Instructor, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A. Goucher College; M.S. CSU Los Angeles