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Jefferey Sellers

Associate Professor of Political Science and Environmental Studies

Contact Information
E-mail: sellers@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1684
Office: VKC 317

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Curriculum Vitae
Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
 

Education

Ph.D. Political Science, Yale University, 1994
J.D. , D.C.L., (Law and Political Theory), Yale Law School, 1986
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 2005-  
Associate Researcher, University of Bordeaux, France, 2002-2007  
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 1999-2005  
 

Non-Tenure Track Appointments

Lecturer, Yale University, 1998-1999  
Research Affiliate, Harvard Center for European Studies, 1997-1999  
Lecturer, Boston University, 1997  
Conant Fellow, Harvard Center for European Studies, 1996-1997  
Instructor, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, 1994-1996  
 

Other Employment

Law Clerk, Judge Roger Robb, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Washington, D.C., 1985-1986  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Sellers' research interests focus on comparative politics with an emphasis on urban and regional political economy, on multi-level governance, and on environmental law and policy. His research agenda centers around comparative analysis of institutions and state society relations from the "bottom-up" perspective of cities and communities. Initially focused on Europe and North America, this agenda is now global in scope. One current project analyzes the first systematic international database on local governance institutions and civic organization. Another has organized a global network of researchers into the largest international collaborative study of metropolitan politics and governance. A third project pioneers in the application of remote sensing to compare trajectories of urbanization in China, India and other developing countries. Other recent projects analyze methods for the comparative analysis of subnational variation, and assess strategies for inner city economic development in downtown Los Angeles.
 

Research Keywords

Comparative politics,urban and regional political economy, multilevel governance and federalism, state-society relations
 

Research Specialties

Multilevel Governance and Federalism, Urban Politics and Policy, Comparative Politics, European Politics, American Politics, Environmental Policy and Politics
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Center for Metropolitan Studies, University of São Paulo
Global Observatory on Local Democracy and Decentralization
International Metropolitan Observatory
Price School of Public Policy, Courtesy Appointment
 

Publications

Book

Sellers, Jefferey M., Razin, Eran, Kuebler, Daniel (Ed.). Metropolitan Inequality and Governance in Global Perspective.
Sellers, J. M., Lidström, A., Bae, Y. (2013). Multilevel Local Linkages, Civil Society and the Democratic State.
Stone, C., et, a. (2013). In a New Era: The Politics of Neighborhood Revitalization in the Post-Industrial City. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Sellers, Jefferey M.; Kübler, Daniel; Walter-Rogg, Melanie; and Walks, W. Alan (Ed.). (2013). The Political Ecology of the Metropolis: Metropolitan Sources of Electoral Behavior in Eleven Countries. Essex: ECPR Press.
Hoffmann-Martinot, V., Sellers, J. M. (2007). Politique et métropole: une comparaison Internationale. Paris: CNRS Editions.
Hoffmann-Martinot, V., Sellers, J. M. (2005). Metropolitanization and Political Change. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Sellers, J. M. (2002). Governing From Below: Urban Regions and the Global Economy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
 

Book Chapter

Shiau, E., Musso, J., Sellers, J. M. (2013). Neighborhood Connections: The Political Dynamics of Community Revitalization in Los Angeles. In a New Era Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
Sellers, J. M. (2013). Urban Governance and Institutions in the Developed and Developing Worlds: Toward a Comparative Historical Perspective. Comparing Cities London: Routledge.
Sellers, J. M., Walks, W. A. (2013). The Metropolitanization of Politics: A Comparative Perspective, in Sellers, Jefferey et al. (eds.), The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Essex: ECPR Press.
Hoffmann-Martinot, V., Sellers, J. M. (2013). The Emerging Metropolitan Political Ecology of France, in Sellers, Jefferey et al., The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Essex: ECPR Press.
Sellers, J. M., Kuebler, D., Walks, W. A., Rochat, P., Walter-Rogg, M. (2013). Conclusion: Metropolitan Political Behavior in Comparative Perspective, in Sellers, Jefferey et al. (eds.), The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Essex: ECPR Press.
Sellers, J. M. (2013). Place, Institutions and the Political Ecology of U.S. Metropolitan Areas, in Sellers, Jefferey et al. (eds.), The Political Ecology of the Metropolis. Essex: ECPR Press.
Lidström, A., Sellers, J. M. (2011). Governance and Redistribution in Metropolitan Areas: A U.S.-Swedish Comparison, in Tassilo Herrschel and Pontus Talberg (eds.), The Role of Regions? (Malmö: Kristianstads Boktryckeri, 2011). pp. 125-146.
Sellers, J. M. (2010). State-Society Relations, in Mark Bevir (ed.), Sage Handbook of Governance (London: Sage Publications).
Sellers, J. M. (2008). North America, in United Cities and Local Governments, World Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy. pp. 232-251. Washington, D.C.: World Bank.
Sellers, J. M., Hoffmann-Martinot, V. (2008). Metropolitan Governance, in United Cities and Local Governments, World Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy. pp. 255-279. Washington, D.C.: World Bank.
Sellers, J. M. (2008). Desalination Policy in a Multilevel Regulatory State, in Cesar Nava Escudero, Gerardo Hiriart Le Bert (eds.), Desalaction de agua con energias renovables. pp. 173-188. Mexico City: National Autonomous University of Mexico Press.
Sellers, J. M. (2007). Unions and the Strategic Context of Local Governance, in L. Turner and D. Cornfield (eds.), Labor in the New Urban Battlegrounds. pp. 35-52. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.
Hoffmann-Martinot, V., Sellers, J. M. (2005). Metropolitanization and Political Change, in V. Hoffmann-Martinot and J.M. Sellers, Metropolitanization and Political Change. pp. 425-443. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Sellers, J. M., Hoffmann-Martinot, V. (2005). Introduction: Metropolitanization and Political Change, in V. Hoffmann-Martinot and J.M. Sellers (eds.), Metropolitanization and Political Change. pp. 11-14. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Sellers, J. M. (2005). Metropolitanization and Politics in the United States: From Single Model to Multiple Patterns, in V. Hoffman-Martinot and J.M. Sellers, Metropolitanization and Political Change. pp. 53-78. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Hoffmann-Martinot, V., Sellers, J. M. (2005). Conclusion: The Metropolitanization of Politics, in V. Hoffmann-Martinot and J. M. Sellers, Metropoitanization and Political Change. pp. 425-443. Wiesbaden: Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.
Sellers, J. M. (2005). The Europeanization of a U.S. Metropolitan Area? The Case of Portland, in F. Eckhardt (ed.), The City and the Region. pp. 55-75. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.
Sellers, J. M. (2004). Urbanization and the Social Origins of National Policies Toward Sprawl, in H. Richardson and C.H Bae (eds.), Urban Sprawl in Western Europe and the United States. pp. 195-214. London: Ashgate Publisher.
 

Essay

Sellers, J. M. (2011). Transnational Research in the Social Sciences. Washington, DC. National Science Foundation. White Paper
Sellers, J. M. (2007). Localization and the Future of Policymaking in Europe. Helsinki. Finnish Association of Architects.
 

Grant Report

Sellers, J. M., Huang, J., Ramachandra, T. V., Kumar, U. (2011). Peri-urban Development and Environmental Sustainability: Cases From China and India. Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research.
Sellers, J. M., Ohanesian, L., Grossvirt-Dramen, D. (2009). Metropolitan Sources of Electoral Support for Transportation Funding. METRANS.
 

Journal Article

Sellers, J. M., Huang, J., Ramachandra, T. V., Kumar, U. Understanding the dynamics of urban form: A comparison of Chinese and Indian cases. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems.
Sellers, J. M. (2012). Multilevel governance across the state-society divide: Three models. Téléscope.
Sellers, J. M., Kwak, S. (2010). State and Society in Local Governance: Lessons From a Multilevel Comparison. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Vol. 35 (3), pp. 620-643. Abstract
Sellers, J. M. (2007). Urban Governance and Sociolegal Studies: Mapping an Interdisciplinary Frontier. Canadian Journal of Law and Society. Vol. 22 (2), pp. 245-248.
Sellers, J. M., Lidström, A. (2007). Decentralization, Local Government and the Welfare State. Governance. Vol. 20 (4), pp. 609-632.
Huang, J., Lu, X. X., Sellers, J. (2007). A Global Comparative Analysis of Urban Form: Applying Remote Sensing and GIS. Landscape and Urban Planning. Vol. 82 (4), pp. 184-197.
Bae, J., Sellers, J. M. (2007). Globalization, the Developmental State and the Politics of Urban Growth in Korea: A Multilevel Analysis. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Vol. 31 (3), pp. 543-560.
Hoffmann-Martinot, V., Sellers, J. M. (2006). L'Observatoire international des métropoles: Pour une comparaison internationale de la gouvernance métropolitaine, in G. Marcou (ed.), Annuaire des collectivités locales. CNRS Editions. pp. 19-30.
Sellers, J. M. (2005). Re-Placing the Nation: An Agenda for Comparative Urban Politics. Urban Affairs Review. Vol. 40(4), pp. 419-445.
Sellers, J. M. (2003). Transnational Urban Associations and the State: Contemporary Europe Compared with the Hanseatic League. Yearbook of European Administrative History. Vol. 15, pp. 289-308.
Sellers, J. M. (2002). The Nation-State and Urban Governance: Toward Multilevel Analysis. Urban Affairs Review. Vol. 37, pp. 611-641.
Sellers, J. M. (1999). Public Goods and the Politics of Segregation. Journal of Urban Affairs. Vol. 32, pp. 95-112.
Sellers, J. M. (1998). Place, Post-Industrial Change and the New Left. European Journal of Political Research. Vol. 33(2), pp. 187-217.
Sellers, J. M. (1996). Norms in the Politics of Housing for Minorities. Ethnic and Racial Studies. Vol. 19(3), pp. 585-608.
Sellers, J. M. (1995). Litigation as a Local Political Resource. Law and Society Review. Vol. 29(3), pp. 475-516.
 

Technical Report

Sellers, J. M. (2007). United States Factsheet, World Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy. United Cities and Local Governments.
 

Working Paper

Sellers, J. M. (2013). Beyond Subnational Comparison: The Transnational Comparative Method.
Sellers, J. M., Lidström, A. (2012). The Localization of territorial identity: Citizen attacment in an era of globalziation.
Sellers, J. M., Huang, J., Kumar, U., Ramachandra, T. V. Dynamics of Urban Land Expansion in a Chinese and an Indian Region.
Huang, J., Sellers, J. M., Lu, X. Chinese Urban Form in the Past Three Decades: Pattern and Process.
Sellers, J., John, P. Solving the 'Levels of Analysis Problem': Scalability and Local Autonomy in Comparative Politics.
Kitayama, T., Sellers, J. M. Central-Local Logics of Egalitarian Welfare State Development: The Case of Japanese Health Care Policy in Time.
 

Honors and Awards

Asia-Pacific Network, National Science Foundation Grant, 2013-  
USC Provost's Undergraduate Research Program, 2004-2014  
USC Fund for Innovative Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2011-2012   
Asia-Pacific Network, National Science Foundation Grant, 2008-2011  
Haynes Foundation Faculty Fellowship, 2010-2011   
Co-founder and co-chair, International Metropolitan Observatory, 2003-2010  
USC Innovative Teaching Award, Student-centered approaches to teaching climate change politics, 2008-2009   
Provost's Advancing Scholarship in the Social Sciences and Humanities Grant, 2008-2009   
Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization, 2006-2007  
METRANS Faculty Research Grant, 2006-2007  
USC Bedrosian Center Faculty Research Grant, 2006-2007  
USC Provost's Urban Initiative, 2004-2005  
ACI-Ville Grant, French Ministry of Research, 2001-2005  
USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, Awarded to a junior faculty who shows unusual promise in the areas of research, teaching, and service to the University, 2003  
USC Center for Excellence in Teaching, Faculty Fellow, Center for Excellence in Teaching Fellow, 2001-2002  
USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, Toward A Comparative Perspecive on the Politics of Sprawl, 2001-2002  
Haynes Foundation Faculty Research Grant, 2000-2001  
James Bryant Conant Fellow in German and European Studies, Harvard University, 1996-1997  
Social Science Research Council Fellowship, 1990-1991  
German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship, 1989-1990   
 

Service to the University

Committees

Member, Graduate Advisory Committee, POIR PhD Program, 2011-  
Chair, Center for International Studies Research Cluster on Transnational Climate Policy, 2010-  
Co-Chair, Graduate Field Committee on Comparative Politics, 2006-  
Member, College 2020 Project on Climate Change, Executive Committee, 2010-2012  
 

Service to the Profession

Committees

Member, Executive Committee, Research Committee 5 (Local Government and Politics), International Political Science Association, 2009-  
Member, Advisory Committee, National Suburban Electoral Survey, 2008-  
Chair, Best Book Award Committee, Urban Politics Section, American Political Science Association, 2005-2006   
 

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Urban Affairs Review, 2004-2007  
 

Professional Memberships

International Political Science Association, 2002-  
Urban Affairs Association, 1999-  
European Consortium for Political Research, 1996-  
American Political Science Association, 1994-  
 
 
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