this is me

Hi. I’m Aubrey L. Hicks. I am currently the Executive Director of the USC Bedrosian Center on Governance at the Sol Price School of Public Policy. Our Faculty Director focuses on the research end, and I focus on the public outreach. Effective democratic governance can only be as strong as it’s citizens. I focus on bringing governance into the public dialogue. With that in mind, we create programming that allows faculty to bring their expertise to a wide audience. We talk about books and film/TV, we talk about social media, we talk about real issues affecting real people. And we try to make it fun.

I’ve got a background in library science, publishing, academic administration, and project management. I usually define myself as a generalist. Might be why my current position fulfills me.



I read. Voraciously. I run two bookclubs at work, read about 2 books a week, not to mention articles (scholarly and not so), and blog posts, and newspaper pieces. So, yeah … reading. I have many bookshelves and yes, I did want to scratch Marie Kondo’s eyes out … rip pages out of the books you love?! What?! That is crazy. And yes, the interrobang should make a come back.

When I’m not reading? I hate exercise, but I do it grudgingly. TV and film occupy lots of down time – I do love a great story. When I’m sick, I re-watch episodes of Criminal Minds or Supernatural … I don’t know why but they make me feel better, add a little ginger ale – maybe a whiskey if I’m coughing – and I’m good.

I have two cats and two dogs (pitpulls actually) and they are my babies. If you disparage them in any way you are dead to me. Dead, I tell you.


I believe humans are causing climate change – and have since I was in high school many long years ago. I believe we argue about the wrong things – like we argue about the science of vaccines – to distract from not arguing about the big things – like should one parent have freedom to put the whole community in danger, where is the line between individual and the public good?

I believe that everyone should read books. Every American should read everything by James Baldwin. Every American should read Evicted, Hillbilly Elegy, The Sympathizer, Rez Life, The New Jim Crow, Reproducing Racism … and on and on and on. I believe people should have a basic livable income, housing, and enough to eat. I believe that you should spay and neuter your pets.

I believe anyone operating or helping puppy mills in any way should be in jail, but the man or woman caught in possession of a little marijuana shouldn’t be. I believe we have built a system that inherently keeps the poor, poor and the wealthy, wealthy – so the American Dream is a myth told to children to keep them in line. I believe people who were brought up to believe they were white owe their time, empathy, care, and dollars to people who were brought up believing they were “of color.” Race is a social construct – built to exploit others for economic gain. This construct has destroyed generations of lives, of bodies, of families. If you can’t see it, you need to wake up – and if you can’t, then shut the fuck up and listen to more than your drunk uncle. Take the red pill.

I believe in hugs and laughter and trying to leave the world a better place.

I believe that if you think Social Justice Warrior is an insult, there is something fundamentally wrong with you. Seriously, what is wrong with you?

Lastly, I believe in stories, storytelling, and storytellers.


This is Iris

This is a photo of Iris

This is Snow

This is a photo of Snowdrop, OnlySnowyD

and i miss them every day.