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Faculty & Research

With UC San Diego’s campus strengths in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health sciences, GPS faculty are experts at creating better design and evaluation methodologies for public policy around the globe. They are participants in far-reaching networks of government, industry and nongovernmental organizations. Discover the range of their work through our list of faculty and affiliated faculty.

Research Centers & Program

Our School is home to a number of multi-disciplinary, faculty-led research centers and programs engage and produce bold new ideas that span global communities. Learn more about the range and depth of our vast research interests today.

Faculty Spotlights

Applying game theory to study behaviors
Nov. 29, 2017 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Meet GPS’s new associate professor, Renee Bowen, and discover her passion for economics and mathematics 

Molding future technical experts
 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Craig McIntosh discusses the interplay of public policy, technology and economic development at GPS

Peter Cowhey and the 21st century digital economy
Oct. 20, 2017 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
In a Q&A, Dean Peter Cowhey discusses the challenges and disruptions of the digital revolution in his new book “Digital DNA”

Interdisciplinary research, from the brain up
Oct. 19, 2017 | By Rachel Hommel | GPS News
Meet GPS’s new assistant professor, Uma Karmarkar, a neuroeconomist who looks at consumer behavior in theory driven-frameworks

Office hours: Professor Gordon Hanson
Sept. 18, 2017 | By Amy Robinson | GPS News The GPS faculty member opens up about some of the dearest objects that adorn his office, painting a picture of his professional backstory and personal interests

Adding to a truly interdisciplinary academic environment
Sept. 15, 2017 | By Amy Robinson | GPS News
Meet GPS’s new assistant professor, Munseob Lee, and how the Asian Financial Crisis of the 1990s created a passion for economic research

Grounded in economics
Aug. 21, 2017 | By Amy Robinson | GPS News
Meet GPS’s new assistant professor, Gaurav Khanna, an economist who is leveraging his inherent interest in socio-political issues to ask important, policy-relevant questions

6 Ways the Internet Is Shaping the ‘New Civil Wars’
Aug. 16, 2017 | By Anthony King | GPS News
Advanced technology in communication linked to new growth, sustainability of modern conflict

Nico Ravanilla retreats to Oxford for research
July 25, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Jettisoning distractions in the field to pen down his findings, the assistant professor attended the University of Oxford’s Summer Research Institute

Linked in Latin America
July 17, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Under the leadership of Assistant Professor Gordon McCord, GPS bolsters its Latin American connections with a second student exchange program in Chile

The making of a revolution
July 13, 2017 | By Anthony King | GPS News
UC San Diego political scientists show exactly why individual behavior matters, especially when it comes to who’s leading the country

Office hours: Assistant Professor Liz Lyons
June 11, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
The GPS faculty member opens up about some of the dearest objects that adorn her office, painting a picture of her professional backstory and personal interests

Stephan Haggard hones in on ‘Hard Target’
April 19, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
In a Q&A, the professor opens up about the coming of his new book, “Hard Target,” and working with his writing partner, Marcus Noland

Voicing an environmental policy outlook under Trump
March 14, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Professor David Victor pares into five points how the election jolted parts of the nation and, in turn, generated apprehensions in the scientific community

Office hours: Assistant Professor Teevrat Garg
Feb. 28, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
The GPS faculty member opens up about some of the dearest objects that adorn his office, painting a picture of his professional backstory and personal interests

Research to Help Mitigate Future Shocks to State’s Water, Food and Energy Supplies
Feb. 16, 2017 | By Anthony King | UC San Diego News
The California drought may be unofficially over, but that doesn’t mean it won’t return. Policymakers, businesses and the agriculture industry can best prepare for that possibility by applying what they have learned from past droughts to future events.

Imparting lessons from elections
Jan. 20, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
A glimpse at Associate Professor John Ahlquist’s research on Hungarian election reforms, to be presented at Destination GPS

Changing rather than researching the world
Jan. 11, 2017 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
As a faculty leader of GPS’s new MPP degree program, Professor Zoltan Hajnal is committed to shaping policymakers in the classroom and actual policy outside of it

Office hours: Professor Barbara F. Walter
Dec. 12, 2016 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
The GPS faculty member opens up about some of the dearest objects that adorn her office, painting a picture of her professional backstory and personal interests

Helping one woman at a time
 By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
JFIT’s new immersion program for female executives in Japan equips participants with the skills and confidence to be managers on a global scale

Jesse Driscoll named 2016 CESS Book Awardee
| By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Via a Q&A, we dive into the how the assistant professor’s book, ‘Warlords and Coalition Politics in Post-Soviet States,’ came about and what this award means

Research read round the world
By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Acting Dean Gordon Hanson opines on the unfaltering hype surrounding his paper ‘The China Shock’ and its significance in an election year

Putting students first
| By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Learn how Krislert Samphantharak’s new title, associate dean of student affairs, couldn’t be better suited, plus some of his recent research endeavors in Southeast Asia

JFIT broadens health sciences gateway between Japan and San Diego
By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Through leadership roles in LINK-J, GPS’s research center on Japan supports yet another avenue for innovative exchange between San Diego and Japan

Influencing development through improving governance
Aug. 17, 2016 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Focusing on the Philippines, GPS Assistant Professor Nico Ravanilla is committed to examining and improving the quality of elected officials in developing democracies

A new beginning
Aug. 16, 2016 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Enthused to join GPS in its time of positive transformation, Assistant Professor Weiyi Shi explains the research that motivates her to wake up in the morning

Refining research in the thick of the Brexit
By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
Assistant Professor Lauren Prather relished in a research retreat at the University of Oxford’s Summer Research Institute

A team effort
July 14, 2016 | By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
As GPS Dean Peter Cowhey serves as interim executive vice chancellor at UC San Diego, GPS is left in good hands of Acting Dean Gordon Hanson and a team of senior faculty members

Going between science and policy
By Sarah Pfledderer | GPS News
A climate scientist with equal strengths in physical and social sciences, Kate Ricke brings an interdisciplinary punch to her dual professorship at GPS and Scripps