Public Administration
Catherine  Horiuchi

Catherine Horiuchi

Associate Dean / Associate Professor

Catherine Horiuchi, Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor, leads the recruitment, development, and retention of a diverse faculty of outstanding teachers and scholars and assists in the creation of the School’s learning community, which is characterized by high quality scholarship, academic rigor, and a passion for social justice.

Dr. Horiuchi employs her extensive multi-disciplinary expertise in organizational theory, public administration and analysis, quantitative methods, statistics, and emerging technologies – with the continuing aim of serving her students and faculty in her dual roles as educator and academic administrative executive.

In her most recent and collaborative research, Associate Dean Horiuchi explored the question of public sector values that lead to resilient governance. In other work, drawing on the implementation and outcomes of public policy formulation and adoption in the area of energy demand and fuels, her research examines effects related to the limits of human decision-making and rationality.

In addition to her work at USF, Dr. Horiuchi sits on two editorial boards, and is a peer reviewer for Administrative Theory & Praxis, Public Administration QuarterlyPublic Administration Review, and other journals.

Following a year working for a subsidiary of AC Nielsen crunching cereal sales figures for General Mills, Professor Horiuchi made her commitment to social justice and community service known by dedicating three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Sultanate of Oman. Prior to returning to her studies in Public Administration, Dr. Horiuchi programmed data stores, analyzed and redesigned administrative systems, and comprehensively managed corporate portfolios of technology projects. She completed her doctoral studies in Public Administration at the University of Southern California. Her 2001 dissertation on the implementation of electric system restructuring in California, completed at the height of the energy crisis and widely discussed with elected officials and policy makers, won the school's Reining Award.


D.P.A., Public Administration, University of Southern California, 2001
Graduate Studies in Linguistics and Computer Science, University of California, San Diego, 1982 – 1984
M.A., Linguistics, University of Utah 1978
B.A., Latin (magna cum laude), University of Utah, 1975

Courses Offered
  • The following courses represent the last three years of teaching (prior to appointment as Associate Dean), and they do not current course offerings.
  • PA 613: Organizational Analysis
  • PA 611: Public Administration as a Field and Practice in Contemporary Society
  • PA 632: Public Policy Analysis
  • PA 670: Quantitative Methods

The following list is a selection of recent publications and does not represent the entire body of research.

"On Civility and Resilient Governance," Public Administration Quarterly, p 119-129, Spring 2012 (with Mathew Mingus)

"A Primitive Value: Reducing Disparity," International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2009

"One Policy Makes No Difference?,"Administrative Theory & Praxis, Vol. 29, No. 3, 2007

"Predicting Market Failure Under Reduced Regulatory Controls,"Journal of California Politics and Policy, Vol. 8, No. 1, 2005

"Polling and Policy Analysis as Resources for Advocacy,"Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Vol. 13, 2003 (with Howard P. Greenwald et al.)

Honors and Awards

Minnowbrook III Invited Scholar, Lake Placid, NY, 2008

Reining Award for Best Dissertation in Public Administration, University of Southern California, School of Policy, Planning and Development, 2001


Associate Dean, Graduate Management Programs, USF

Editorial Board and Reviewer, Administrative Theory and Praxis

Editorial Board and Reviewer, Journal of Information Technology and Politics

Book Review Editor, International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior

National Council, American Society for Public Administration

Catherine Horiuchi, University of San Francisco School of Management