Brian An is a PhD Candidate in Public Policy and Management in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. His research questions can be summarized into one big question: "Why some local and regional communities develop and maintain robust institutions for efficient and equitable distribution of public investments, while others do not?" Brian studies governance and institutional forces that shape these distributional decisions of public investment at the sub-national level. He is also broadly interested in policy implementation and process for intergovernmental collaboration, civic engagement, collaborative governance, and policy areas in housing, community development, and natural resources management. His article has appeared in American Politics Research and UrbanAffairs Review.
Education Ph.D. in Public Policy and Management, University of Southern California Master of Science in Foreign Service, Georgetown University Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies, Yonsei University
Research Interests: Public policy & management, governance & institutional arrangement, public finance & budgeting; Collaborative governance, local and regional institutions, local public finance, urban and local politics, performance measurement and management, housing policy & community development, natural resource management
Dissertation: Three essays on Governance and Institutional Forces in Local Public Investment Committee: Raphael Bostic (Chair), Shui-Yan Tang, Morris Levy, Michael Thom
Chapter 1) Do Local Communities Benefit from Community-Control Governance? Evidence from Special District Formations and Housing Prices (Job market paper) [Draft available here]