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Michael B Preston

Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Contact Information
E-mail: mbprest@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-8501
Office: VKC 363

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Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
 

Biographical Sketch

Expertise: Urban politics African-American politics Racial and ethnic politics Public administration Los Angeles politics Additional Information: Professor Preston is the author of RACIAL AND ETHNIC POLITICS IN CALIFORNIA (1st and 2nd editions, 1991 and 1998), THE NEW BLACK POLITICS (1st and 2nd editions, 1981 and 1987), THE POLITICS OF BUREAUCRATIC REFORM: THE CASE OF THE CALIFORNIA STATE EMPLOYMENT SERVICE (1984), and co-editor of RACE, SEX AND POLICY PROBLEMS (1979). He was former Associate Editor of the NATIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW AND URBAN AFFAIRS QUARTERLY; he has been a reviewer for numerous professional journals and the National Science Foundation. As Special Advisor to the Provost, Professor Preston advises the Provost directly on diversity issues as well as other opportunity areas. Professor Preston was honored with the 2004 Frank J. Goodnow Award for his significant contributions to the political science profession and the American Political Science Association. He is past President of the Western Political Science Association, past President of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, and has served as Vice-President of the American Political Science Association. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and on a Task Force of the Los Angeles Urban League. He has received numerous awards honoring his contributions and leadership, including teaching awards from the Mortar Board and the Department of Black Students.
 

Education

Ph.D. Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1974
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Special Advisor to the Provost, University of Southern California, 06/2005-  
Professor, University of Southern California, 01/01/1986-  
Director, Center for Multiethnic and Transnational Studies, 07/01/1995-08/01/1998  
Professor and Chair, University of Southern California, 07/01/1989-06/01/1995  
Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 01/01/1985  
Associate Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 01/01/1980-01/01/1985  
Visiting Associate Professor, University of Chicago, 01/01/1983-01/01/1984  
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 01/01/1973-01/01/1980  
Supervisor of Social Sciences, University of California, Berkeley, 01/01/1968-01/01/1973  
Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley, 01/01/1968-01/01/1973  
Instructor, University of California, Berkeley Extension, 01/01/1963-01/01/1967  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Preston's research interests are dedicated to the exploration of American politics, urban politics, black politics, racial and ethnic politics.
 

Research Keywords

American politics, urban politics, black politics, racial and ethnic politics.
 

Research Specialties

American Politics, Urban Politics, Black Politics
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Center for Religion and Civil Culture, http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/religion_online/
USC Community Citizenship & Democracy, http://sc2.usc.edu/ccd/
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

"Urban Political Participation", American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Panel Chair, Chicago, IL, 2007-2008   
 

Publications

Book

Preston, M. B. After Bradley: Black and Latino Politics in Los Angeles.
 

Journal Article

Preston, M. B. (2006). The Evolution of Black Politics in Political Science. Urban Affairs Review. pp. p.n/a.
Preston, M. B. (2005). Early Careers of Twiley and Lucius Barker. Political Science. pp. p.n/a.
 

Other

Preston, M. B. M. B. Preston. Racial and Ethnic Politics in California, Vols. I and II.
Preston, M. B. M. B. Preston. The New Black Politics, Vols. I and II.
Preston, M. B. M. B. Preston. The Politics of Bureaucratic Reform: The Case of the California State Employment Service.
Preston, M. B. M.B. Preston. Race, Sex, and Public Policy.
 

Honors and Awards

Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Frank Johnson Goodnow Award from the American Political Science Association, 2004  
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Member, John Gaus Awards Committee, American Political Science Association, 2007-2008   
 
 
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