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Michael A. Shires, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Public Policy
School of Public Policy

Phone: (310) 506-7692
Cellular: (805) 404-4947
Location: Malibu Campus

Areas of Expertise

  • State, regional and local politics, finance, policy
  • State and local budgets and school finance
  • California politics and policy
  • Housing and economics of the San Fernando Valley
  • Ethics and accountability of government officials
  • Higher education policy

Michael Shires is an associate professor of public policy and the director of the Murray S. Craig Digital Democracy Laboratory, an initiative examining ways that technology can enhance government official accountability. He previously was a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California and a doctoral fellow at RAND's Graduate School of Policy Studies, concentrating on domestic education policy, California fiscal policy and international trade policy.

Some of his completed works include Our Future Neighborhoods: Housing and Urban Villages in the San Fernando Valley, The Future of Public Undergraduate Education in California, The Changing Tax Burden in California, and Patterns in California State and Local Government Revenues Since Proposition 13.

Shires has been quoted as an expert in several publications including USA Today, the Economist, the London Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Jose Mercury-News, the Sacramento Bee, the Los Angeles Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Long Beach Press-Telegram, the Orange County Register, Time, and Newsweek. In addition, he has appeared as a commentator on shows including CNN's Moneyline, KCET's Life and Times Tonight, KCBS-TV news, and KCAL 9 news.

Media Contact Information

Office of Public Relations
Pepperdine University
Direct: (310) 506-4138
Christina Ramirez
Manager of Communication
School of Public Policy
Direct: (310) 506-7497

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