Faculty

Regular Faculty

Professor Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier, Chair

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.
Professor Mijin Cha

Mijin Cha

Assistant 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
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.
Professor Martha Matsuoka

Martha Matsuoka

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
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.
Professor Bhavna Shamasunder

Bhavna Shamasunder

Associate Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy; Steering Committee, Public Health
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.

On Special Appointment

Jeremiah Axelrod

Director of the Institute for the Study of Los Angeles; Non-Tenure Track Associate Professor, History
B.A., Williams College; Ph.D., UC Irvine
Jeremiah Axelrod has taught courses in urban history, restaurant culture, and "Disneyland and Urbanism," among others.

Megan Bomba

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Urban & Environmental Policy

Janis Breidenbach

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., M.A., UCLA; Ph.D., Prescott College

Sharon Cech

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.A., Bard College; M.A., UCLA

Corey Davis

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania; J.D., Temple University; M.P.H., University of North Carolina

Caroline Farrell

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., Bates College; J.D., Golden Gate University

Heng Lam Foong

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.A. College of New Rochelle, M.S. Capella University

Christopher Hawthorne

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Practice, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.A., Yale University
Professor Jane Schmitz

Jane Schmitz

Non-Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.A., Tufts University; Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Jane Schmitz teaches introductory courses in Public Health and Global Public Health.

John Urquiza

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Practice, Urban & Environmental Policy, Sociology

Nicole Vick

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Urban & Environmental Policy
B.S., M.P.H., University of Southern California

Steve Zimmer

Non-Tenure Track Instructor, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A. Goucher College; M.S. CSU Los Angeles

Advisory Committee

Professor Bevin Ashenmiller

Bevin Ashenmiller

Associate Professor, Economics; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., Princeton University; Ph.D., UC Santa Barbara
Bevin Ashenmiller is an Environmental Economist whose research falls into three areas: recycling, evaluation of environmental programs, and energy and climate policy.
Professor Elizabeth Braker

Elizabeth Braker

Professor, Biology; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy; Affiliated Faculty, Latino/a and Latin American Studies
B.A., Colorado College; Ph.D., UC Berkeley
Elizabeth Braker teaches courses in conservation biology, animal behavior, and biodiversity.
Professor Regina Freer

Regina Freer

Professor, Politics; Advisory Committee, Black Studies, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., UC Berkeley; Ph.D., University of Michigan
Freer's research and teaching interests include race and politics, demographic change, urban politics, and the intersection of all three in Los Angeles.
Professor Jan Lin

Jan Lin

Professor, Sociology; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., Williams College; M.S., London School of Economics and Political Science; Ph.D., New School for Social Research
Jan Lin's teaching areas are in urban sociology; sociological field methods; globalization; mass media and consumer society; senior seminar; introduction to sociology and a freshman course on Los Angeles.
Professor Gretchen North

Gretchen North

John W. McMenamin Endowed Chair in Biology; Advisory Committee, Biochemistry; Advisory Committee, Urban and Environmental Policy
B.A., Stanford University; M.A., University of Connecticut; M.A., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., UCLA
Gretchen North investigates how plants cope with physically challenging conditions.
Professor James Sadd

James Sadd

Professor, Environmental Science
B.S., University of Southern California; M.S., University of Texas; Ph.D., University of South Carolina
Dr. Sadd teaches courses in Geographic Information Systems in which students evaluate many types of information using spatial analysis and statistical tools.