Jefferey M. Sellers

Department of Political Science
University of Southern California



Jefferey M. Sellers researches urban, environmental and social policies and their politics around the world. 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 examines the varieties of multilevel local linkages between state and society across the
developed and developing worlds, and their historical origins. 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, employ survey
data to examine trends in territiorial identity, and scrutinize the politics of disadvantaged neighborhoods in
Los Angeles.

He has authored or edited four books, and published in such journals as Environment and Planning C, the
European Journal of Political Research, Governance, the International Journal of
Urban and Regional
, the Journal of Urban Affairs, Landscape and Urban Planning, the Law and Society Review, the
Urban Affairs Review, the Yale Law Journal, and in numerous edited volumes. His
research has been supported
by the James Bryant Conant Fellowship, the Social Science Research Council, the French Ministry of Research, the
French National Center for Scientific Research, the German Academic Exchange Service, United Cities and Local
Governments, the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research, and the U.S. National Science Foundation.

He is co-founder and co-coordinator of the International Metropolitan Observatory project, coordinates the Asia-
Pacific Urban Environmental Governance study
, and was a lead researcher in the First World Report on
Decentralization and Local Democracy
. At the University of Southern California Professor Sellers is Associate
Professor in the Department of Political Science and the Program in Environmental Studies at the Dornsife College
of Letters, Arts and Sciences,, with a courtesy appointment in the Sol Price School of Public Policy. His courses
include Comparative Politics, Comparative Political Economy, Urban Political Problems, European Politics,
Environmental Law and Policy, Institutions and Politics, Cities and Regions in World Politics, and Environmental