Jack H. Knott, PhD

Former C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor, USC Price School of Public Policy

Jack H. Knott, PhD's Bio

Jack H. Knott took the reins of the USC  Price School of Public Policy in August 2005 as the C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean and Professor. He led the school until July 2020. Before joining USC, Knott served from 1997 until 2005 as professor of political science and director of the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Chicago. From 1987 to 1997, he was a professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University, where he served as departmental chair and director of Michigan State’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.

Knott is a leading scholar in the fields of political institutions and public policy, health policy and public management. He has published three books, including Reforming Bureaucracy: The Politics of Institutional Choice, and numerous journal articles and book chapters. He received his PhD in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, his MA in comparative political economy from the School of Advanced International Studies at the Johns Hopkins University and his undergraduate degree in history from Calvin College.

He was elected as a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2007.

Recent Work

  • Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D., Joins the Schaeffer Center

    We are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Ginsburg, Ph.D as Professor of the Practice of Health Policy and Management in the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy, beginning March 1, 2014.

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