Faculty Advisor: Philip Ethington
Michan Connor is currently writing his doctoral dissertation on the effects of political geography (the formation and change of city boundaries) on racial identity and politics in twentieth-century Los Angeles County. This project grew out of his intellectual interests in analyzing race, class, and gender as sociospatial relations and in the connections between the institutional and cultural politics of identity. The project makes interventions in the fields of ethnic studies, the history of metropolitan areas, and the history of Southern California. This dissertation is chaired by Professor Philip Ethington (ASE and History) and advised by Professors Laura Pulido (ASE and Geography), and George Sanchez (ASE and History).
Michan’s graduate training has been concentrated in the history of the United States since the Civil War, urban history, ethnic studies, and cross-disciplinary approaches to metropolitan politics and culture incorporating critical race theory, cultural studies, geography, and history. He has held fellowships from the Haynes Foundation, the Huntington Library, the USC Urban Initiative, and the USC Center for Interdisciplinary Research. Michan has presented work at domestic and international conferences including the Netherlands American Studies Association's annual meeting in Middelburg, Netherlands in June 2006. He has held teaching assistantships in multiple departments at USC in which he has taught subject matter including the politics and culture of the 1960s, the political impact of film and popular culture in American history, the discursive construction of race and sexuality in the Anglo-American world, the history of labor and management in the United States, and changing currents of masculinity, femininity, and sexuality in American culture.
- B.A. Northwestern Univ, 06/1998
- Assistant Professor, University of Texas, Arlington,
- American Historical Association, Pacific Coast Branch, 8/2006
- Netherlands American Studies Association, 6/2006
Honors and Awards
Dissertation Fellow, John Randolph Haynes and Dora Haynes Foundation, 8/2006-7/2007
Dissertation Fellow, USC Urban Initiative, 4/2005-9/2005