Lois M. Takahashi, Ph.D.
ACSP Planning Educator Appointee (2021-2024)
Lois M. Takahashi is Houston Flournoy Professor of State Government at the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy, and Director of the USC Price School of Public Policy in Sacramento. She was President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (2015-2017). At UCLA, she was Interim Dean of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs (2015-2016), Associate Dean for Research at the Luskin School (2014-2015), Chair of the UCLA Department of Urban Planning (2011-2013), and Director of the University of California Asian American and Pacific Islander Policy Multicampus Research Program (UC AAPI Policy MRP; 2009-2013). She received her PhD in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Southern California, a dual MS in Public Policy and Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University, and an AB in Architecture from UC Berkeley.
Dr. Takahashi’s 1998 book on the NIMBY syndrome, homelessness, and HIV/AIDS was published by Oxford University Press. With her collaborator Dr. Amrita Daniere (University of Toronto), Dr. Takahashi’s 2002 book assessed urban development and environmental degradation in Bangkok, Thailand (Ashgate Publishing). In addition to these books, she has published over 80 articles and chapters.
Dr. Takahashi is a board member of the Western Center on Law and Poverty, and a member of the Board of Advisors for Special Service for Groups/Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team (SSG/APAIT).