Catherine Horiuchi

Catherine Horiuchi

Faculty Emeritus

Faculty Emeritus
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 224


Catherine Horiuchi, Associate Professor and Program Director of the Master of Public Administration program, 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 in her role as educator.

Dr. Horiuchi is the former Associate Dean of Academic Affairs for the School of Management, where she led the recruitment, development, and retention of a diverse faculty of outstanding teachers and scholars and assisted in the creation of the School’s learning community, which is characterized by high quality scholarship, academic rigor, and a passion for social justice.

In her most recent and collaborative research, 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 Quarterly, Public 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.


  • Organizational theory
  • Public administration and analysis
  • Quantitative methods
  • Statistics
  • Emerging technologies


  • Program Director, Master of Public Administration


  • DPA, Public Administration, University of Southern California, 2001
  • Graduate Studies in Linguistics and Computer Science, University of California, San Diego, 1982–84
  • MA, Linguistics, University of Utah 1978
  • BA, Latin (magna cum laude), University of Utah, 1975

Awards & Distinctions

  • 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, Academic Affairs, USF, 2013–14

  • Associate Dean, Graduate Management Programs, USF, 2011–13

  • Editorial Board and Reviewer, Administrative Theory and Praxis

  • Editorial Board and Reviewer, Journal of Information Technology and Politics

Selected Publications

  • "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.)

  • Book Review Editor, International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior