Michael PrestonProfessor Emeritus of Political Science
Phone: (213) 740-8501
Office: VKC 363
Faculty Profile on Departmental Website
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.
- 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.
American politics, urban politics, black politics, racial and ethnic politics.
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
- "Urban Political Participation", American Political Science Association Annual Meeting, Panel Chair, Chicago, IL, 2007-2008
- Preston, M. B. After Bradley: Black and Latino Politics in Los Angeles.
- 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.
- 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
- Member, John Gaus Awards Committee, American Political Science Association, 2007-2008