Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has been appointed as a professor at the University of Southern California.

Villaraigosa is joining the faculty of USC’s Price School of Public Policy and will work on large scale approaches to policy issues facing California.

“Throughout his tenure as mayor of the city of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa made significant progress in policy areas that are critically important to the USC Price School, including transportation and infrastructure development, public safety, port security and the environment,” Dean Jack H. Knott said.