Academic Research


Billings, P. & McKee, D. (1998). Addressing the needs of underserved populations: One organization’s experienceJournal of the California Dental Association, 26(5), 387-390.


Rohrl, V. J. (2000). Yes, in our backyardPracticing Anthropology, 22(2), 33-37.


Mattingly, D. (2001). Place, teenagers, and representation: Lessons from a community theatre project.  Social & Cultural Geography, 2(4), 445-459.


Frey, N. (2002). Literacy achievement in an urban middle-level professional development school: A learning community at work. Reading Improvement, 39(1), 3-13.


Frey, N. & Fisher, D. (2004). School change and teacher knowledge: A reciprocal relationship. Teacher Education and Special Education, 27(1), 57-67.

Galuppo, L. A. (2004). Building a healthy community: The Holistic community driven approach to redevelopmentNational Housing Conference Affordable Housing Policy Review, 3(2), 28-34.

Sojourner, A., Brown, P., Chaskin, R., Hamilton, R., Feister, L., & Richman, H. (2004). Moving forward while staying in place: Embedded funders and community change. Chicago, IL: Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago.


Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. (2005)Countering the perfect storm: Economic self-determination for San Diego’s neighborhoods. Chapter II.E. in Signs of promise: Stories of philanthropic leadership in advancing regional and neighborhood equityCoral Gables, FL: Author.

Pumpian, I., Fisher, D., & Wachowiak, S. (Eds.). (2005). Challenging the classroom standard through museum-based education: School in the park.  Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.


Martinez-Cosio, M. (2006). It is not just who you know: Dominant knowledge and civic participationJournal of Civil Society, 2(2), 123-141.


Martinez-Cosio, M.  & Iannacone, R. M. (2007). The tenuous role of institutional agents: Parent liaisons as cultural brokersEducation and Urban Society, 39(3), 349-369.


O’Neill, K., Williams, K.J., & Reznik, V. (2008). Engaging Latino residents to build a healthier community in Mid-City San DiegoAmerican Journal of Preventive Medicine, 34(3S), S36-S41.

Kavensky, L., Corke, M., & Frangkiser, L. (2008). The academic resilience and psychosocial characteristics of inner-city English learners in a museum-based school programEducation and Urban Society, 40(4), 452-475.


Ryan, S. & Hoff, A. (2010). Transforming blight and the people who live there: A study of redevelopment planning and neighborhood changePlanning Practice & Research, 25(5), 543-561.

Mathison, C. & Billings, E. S. (2010). The effect of primary language podcasts on third grade English language learners’ performance in English-only science education contextsElectronic Journal of Literacy Through Science, 9, 2-30.


Bussell, M. R. & Sheldon, K. (2011). Comprehensive local community development via collaborative quality of life planning: Best practices from two San Diego neighborhoods. In M. J. Sirgy, R. Phillips, Rhonda, & D. Rahtz (Eds.). Community quality of life indicators: Best cases V (pp. 1-19). New York: Springer.

UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (2011). Building Healthy Communities: City Heights health profile


Edelman, P. (2012). So rich, so poor: Why it’s so hard to end poverty in AmericaNew York: The New Press.

Martinez-Cosio, M. & Bussell, M. R. (2012). Private foundations and community development: Differing approaches to community developmentCommunity Development, 43(4), 416-429.


Boarnet, M., & Giuliano, G. (2013). Transportation and Access to Employment in City Heights. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy

Clark, D., Downend, A., Ferguson, A., & Lipton, R. (2013). Creating New Park Space in City Heights. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Practicum Project.

Greenwald, H.P., & Zajfen, V. (2013). Assessing Affordable and Nutritious Food Programs in City Heights. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Lardy, E., Little, J., Madewell, R., & Valentine, M. (2013). Urban Community Gardening: Moving toward a Sustainable Future. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy, Final Capstone Report for The Professional Practice of Public Administration.

Madewell, R., Musso, J., & Yoder, D. (2013). Positioning Communities for Sustainable Urban Agriculture. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Martinez-Cosio,  M. & Bussell, M. R. (2013). Catalysts for change: 21st century philanthropy and community development. New York: Routledge.

Pastor, M., Ito, J., Sanches, J. P., Wander, M., & Perez, A. (2013). Getting to where we want to go: Demography, economy, and the region [PowerPoint slides]. Los Angeles: USC Program for Environmental & Regional Equity.
*Note: BHC refers to The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities project


Capinpin, F., Ferrell, J., Li, P., & Zhang, Y. (2014). Price Charities Impact Study: Assessing the Impact of Affordable Rental Housing on Neighboring Apartment Buildings. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Painter, G, Lacoe, J., & Williams, D. (2014). Evaluating the Academic and Behavioral Impact of “School in the Park”. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.


Bangerter, E., Hanaya, D., Hedt, S., & Xu, J. (2015). A Baseline Assessment of Community Representation and Health Indicators of the Copley-Price Family YMCA. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Lewis, L.B., & Sloane, D.C. (2015). Evaluating E.F.F.E.C.T. (Ethnic Food Focus Engagement and Community Ties) in City Heights. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.


Banerjee, T., & Bahl, D. (2016). Walking to School: The Experience of Children in City Heights. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.

City Heights: La Maestra Development Project. Los Angeles: USC Sol Price School of Public Policy.



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