Professor Cook is director of the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good. He joined USF in 2006, and his recent publications include studies of multiracial electoral
coalitions in American cities, contemporary white nationalist politics,
and California’s political geography. He teaches courses in American
politics focusing on urban and state politics, electoral politics,
and housing and development policy.
Rev. Paul J. Fitzgerald, S.J.
Fr. Fitzgerald is the 28th president of USF. Previously, he served as senior vice president for academic affairs and as a professor of religious studies at Fairfield University in Connecticut. Prior to that, he was senior associate dean for the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University. He has served on the boards of trustees
at Loyola University Chicago and Loyola Marymount University.
David W. Lyon
Dr. Lyon was the founding President and Chief Executive Officer of the Public Policy Institute of California, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to informing and improving public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research. Previously, he was vice president of the RAND Corporation. Early in his career, he was a regional economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
Patrick J. Murphy
Professor Murphy is Associate Professor of the Department of Politics, teaching in the areas of public administration, public policy, and
American politics. His research focuses on public management, education, and public
policy issue, and he has co-authored several reports and articles on the
problems of illicit drug use, the management of drug policy, and the
economics of drug selling.
Ms. Schwab is VP for development at buildOn, a charitable organization that engages urban youth through after-school programs in the U.S. and builds schools in rural villages in developing countries. Previously, she was a corporate finance analyst at Montgomery Securities, later working in venture capital and owning her own business.
Dr. Starr, the state Librarian Emeritus, researches California history, history of American culture, urban history and "Americans and the California Dream." His books uncover how the Golden State emerged from the Gold Rush and was transformed by the sweeping events of World War II and beyond. Dr. Starr was honored with the National Humanities Medal in 2006.