Core Faculty

Sarah Banet-Weiser, Professor of Communication and American Studies and Ethnicity
Email: sbanet@usc.edu
Feminist theory, race and the media, children's media, popular culture, and national identity.
Juan De Lara, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-1767
Email: jdelara@usc.edu
Research Focus: Social justice and social movements, the geographies of uneven economic development, urbanization, race and ethnicity, labor, California and the American West, Los Angeles, and the U.S./Mexico border.
Judith Fossett, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and English
Phone: (213)740-2822
Email: fossett@usc.edu
(Ph.D., Princeton University, 1999) Associate Professor of English and ASE: 19th and 20th century American and African-American literature, African-American Studies, American Studies.
Macarena Gomez Barris, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Sociology
Phone: (213)740-3600
Email: gomezbar@usc.edu
Associate Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity. Research interests include: Political Violence and Its Aftermath; Memory; Culture; Latina/o and Latin American Studies; Religious Tourism.
Sarah Gualtieri, Associate Professor of History and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-5374
Email: gualtier@college.usc.edu
Arab American Studies, Diasporas, Race and Ethnicity, Revolution and Occupation.
Thomas Gustafson, Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-3747
Email: thomasg@usc.edu
(Ph.D., Stanford University, 1986) Associate Professor of English and ASE: Colonial and 19th century American literature, American political discourse, literature of Los Angeles, California, and the American West.
Felix Gutierrez, Professor of Journalism and American Studies and Ethnicity
Email: ffgutier@usc.edu
(Ph.D.,Stanford University, 1976) Latinos and the media; Racism; Multiculturalism.
Jack Halberstam, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, Gender Studies, Comparative Literature, and English
Phone: (213)740-4592
Email: halberst@usc.edu
(Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1991) Professor of English and ASE: Critical Theory, Film & Popular Culture, Gender Studies, 19th-Century, Queer Studies.
Stanley Huey, Associate Professor of Psychology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)821-2058
Email: hueyjr@usc.edu
(Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1998) Associate Professor of Psychology and ASE: Culture and mental health, psychosocial problems in urban settings, community-based interventions.
Sherman Jackson, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-0272
Email: sajackso@usc.edu
Lanita Jacobs, Associate Professor of Anthropology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-1909
Email: jacobshu@usc.edu
(Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1999) Associate Professor of Anthropology and ASE: African American women’s discourse; anthropology of the body; language & identity in diasporas; language & gender.
Kara Keeling, Associate Professor of Critical Studies and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-3329
Email: kkeeling@cinema.usc.edu
Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Africana Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, with focus on Third Cinema, African American, African, and feminist film and media; theories and practices of Black liberation; radical imaginaries.
Dorinne Kondo, Professor of Anthropology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-1910
Email: kondo@rcf.usc.edu
(Ph.D., Harvard University, 1982) Professor of Anthropology and ASE. Specialties include: race and power, performance studies, theories of the subject, cultural theory.
Josh Kun, Associate Professor of Communication & American Studies and Ethnicity
Email: jkun@usc.edu
Popular Music; The Pop Cultures of the US-Mexico Border; Music of Los Angeles; Cultures of Globalization; Jewish-American Studies; Comparative Ethnic Studies
Maria-Elena Martinez, Associate Professor of History and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-1675
Email: martinem@dornsife.usc.edu
Teresa Mc Kenna, Associate Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity, and Spanish and Portuguese
Phone: (213)740-8276
Email: tmckenna@usc.edu
(Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1980) Associate Professor of English and ASE: Chicano/a and Latino/a literature; 20th century American literature and culture; ethnic American literature; gender and race.
Viet Nguyen, Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-3746
Email: vnguyen@usc.edu
(Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1997) Associate Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity. Interests are: Asian American and American literature and film; the American war in Viet Nam; Vietnamese American studies; creative writing.
Manuel Pastor, Professor of Sociology and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-5604
Email: mpastor@college.usc.edu
Urban poverty and regional economies; Latinos in the urban U.S.; environmental justice; labor markets and low-wage workers; social movements and social justice.
Laura Pulido, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-2426
Email: lpulido@usc.edu
(Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1991) Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
Shana Redmond, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-5737
Email: sredmond@college.usc.edu
The African Diaspora, political cultures, African American Studies, music and popular culture, 20C social movements, labor and working-class studies, critical ethnic studies.
David Roman, Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)740-2821
Email: davidr@usc.edu
(Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1991) Professor of English and ASE: Theatre and performance studies, Latino studies, queer studies.
John Rowe, USC Associates Chair in Humanities and Professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity
Phone: (213)821-5594
Email: johnrowe@usc.edu
(Ph.D., State University of New York, Buffalo, 1972) Professor of English and ASE: American Studies; Critical Theory
George Sanchez, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History
Phone: (213)740-2531
Email: georges@usc.edu
(Ph.D., Stanford University, 1989) Professor of ASE and History: Chicano/a immigration, American West.
Nayan Shah, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History
Phone: (213)740-2426
Email: nayansha@usc.edu
(Ph.D, University of Chicago, 1995) Asian American Studies; Gender, LGBT and Queer Studies; 19th and 20th century U.S. and Canadian Western History; Medical and Public Health History, Law, Social Justice and Social
Francille Wilson, Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History
Phone: (213)740-1667
Email: frwilson@usc.edu
19th-20th Century African American history; labor; race; gender
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