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Steve Ross

Professor of History

Contact Information
E-mail: sjross@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-1681
Office: SOS 172
Office Hours: Monday and Wednesday : 12-1pm and by apptmt

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Curriculum Vitae
Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities
 

Biographical Sketch

Steven J. Ross is Professor of History at USC. The first person in his family to go to college, Steve received his B.A. from Columbia University, a Bachelor of Philosophy from Oxford University, and a PhD from Princeton University, where he worked with famed historians Arthur Link and James McPherson. Professor Ross has written extensively in the areas of working-class history, social history, and film history. His first book, Workers On the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890 (1985) was adapted for the screen by Cincinnati unionists and made into a documetary entitled "They Build the City: The Working People of Cincinnati.” His second book, Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America (1998), received the prestigious Theater Library Association Book Award for 1999. It was also named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the “Best Books of 1998” and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award in History. Professor Ross's latest book, Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics, received a Pulitzer Prize nomination and a Film Scholars Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. This is the academic equivalent of an “Oscar.” It was also selected by the New York Times Book Review as one of its “Recommended Summer Readings” for 2012. 

Ross' Op-Ed pieces have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, International Herald-Tribune, Newark Star Ledger, Tallahassee Democrat, Washington Independent, and HuffingtonPost. Steve’s work on movie stars and politics has led to appearances on "The Today Show," “ABC Evening News with Peter Jennings,” “Nightline with Ted Koppel,” CNN's "American Morning" and "The Situation Room," Fox News, NBC News,and programs broadcast on Canadian, British, French, and Australian television—as well as numerous documentaries about Hollywood. He has also lectured at universities throughout the United States, England, France, New Zealand, and Australia. In addition to his academic day job, Ross is co-founder and co-director of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities at USC—now in its 15th year.  Steve is now working on a book entitled "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and their Spies Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America" (to be published by Bloomsbury Press).

 

Education

Ph.D. History, Princeton University, 5/1980
M.A. History, Princeton University, 5/1975
M.A. History, Oxford University, 6/1973
B.A. History/Political Theory, Columbia University, 5/1971
 

Academic Appointment, Affiliation, and Employment History

Tenure Track Appointments

Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1994-  
Associate Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1984-08/01/1994  
Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 09/01/1978-08/01/1984  
Instructor, Princeton University, 09/01/1977-06/01/1978  
Preceptor, Princeton University, 01/01/1977-06/01/1977  
 

Other Employment

Consultant, Fund for the City of New York (Ford Foundation), 06/01/1972-09/14/1972  
Case Study Author (Welfare Hotels in NYC), Kennedy School for Gov't (Harvard University), 01/15/1971-09/15/1971  
 

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor Ross studies the changing nature of power in American society. His initial research focused on industrialization and class development in 19th century America. During the past 15 years, his work has shifted to examine the ways in which film has been used to shape ideas about class and power in the 20th and 21st centuries, especially what it means to be working class or middle class in America. His latest book, "Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics," examines the emergence of Hollywood as a major center of American politics and the role that movie stars have played in the political life of the nation from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Professor Ross's current project, "Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and their Spies Foiled Nazi Plots against Hollywood and America," explores the rise of fascism and Nazism in Los Angeles and the successful efforts of a handful of Jewish leaders to thwart Nazi sabotage along the west coast.
 

Research Keywords

American society, labor, film, popular culture, and politics.
 

Research Specialties

(Ph.D., Princeton University, 1980) Professor of History: US social, labor, popular culture, film history, politics, and political extremism.
 

Affiliations with Research Centers, Labs, and Other Institutions

Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, Co-Director and Co-Founder, http://www.usc.edu/isd/libraries/partners/laih/
 

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations

""Writing History: Bringing it to Life," ", Symposium Independent Writers of Southern California, Roundtable/Panel, Culver City, Independent Writers of Southern California, Invited, Fall 2013   
""History: The Cold War—Hollywood and Beyond,"", LA Times-USC Festival of Books , Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles , LA Times, Invited, Spring 2013   
""Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and Their Spies Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America" ", Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities , Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles , Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities , Invited, Spring 2013   
""Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics," ", University of Paris 8, Keynote Lecture, Paris , Cinema/Sociology/Political Science Departments, Invited, Spring 2013   
""Nazis and Reds in 1930s Hollywood,"", Society for Cinema and Media Studies Convention, Lecture/Seminar, Chicago, Society for Cinema and Media Studies Convention, Invited, Spring 2013   
""Visualizing Ideology: Politics and American Silent Film," ", University of Paris 8, Keynote Lecture, Paris , Cinema/Sociology/Political Science Departments, Invited, Spring 2013   
""Writing the Political History of Movie Stars," ", American Historical Association Convention , Roundtable/Panel, New Orleans, American Historical Association , Invited, Spring 2013   
"Hitler in Los Angeles: The Unknown Story of the Jewish Spy Network", Jews in the Los Angeles Mosaic Symposium, Lecture/Seminar, Los Angeles , Autry Museum , Invited, Spring 2013   
""History: City of Angels," ", LA Times-USC Festival of Books , Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles , LA Times, Invited, Fall 2012   
""Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics," ", National History Center , Keynote Lecture, Washington D.C. , National History Center , Invited, Fall 2012   
""Movement Leader, Grassroots Builder: Jane Fonda and the Dual Strategy for Politicizing the Public," ", International Conference on Ethics and Practices of Responsibility, Talk/Oral Presentation, Paris , University of Paris 8, Invited, Fall 2012   
"Hollywood Left and Right ", Los Angeles Historical Society Annual Dinner, Keynote Lecture, Los Angeles , Los Angeles Historical Society, Invited, Fall 2012   
"Hollywood Left and Right ", USC Provost’s Writers Series, Keynote Lecture, Los Angeles , USC Provost’s Writers Series, Invited, Fall 2012   
""Arthur Wagner in Conversation with Steven Ross"", Evening's Conversation , Talk/Oral Presentation, Shank Theater, University of California San Diego, , UCSD Theatre Department , Invited, Spring 2012   
""Historians, Journalists, and the Challenges of Getting It Right, Part 1: American Biography and the Cold War,"", American Historical Association Convention, Roundtable/Panel, Chicago , American Historical Association Convention, Invited, Spring 2012   
""Hollywood Left and Right," ", Milton Plesur Distinguished Lecture, Keynote Lecture, Buffalo, History Department, University of Buffalo, Invited, Spring 2012   
""Hollywood Left and Right: Movie Stars and Politics," ", Guest LEcture , Keynote Lecture, Philadelphia , Constitutional Law Society, Drexel University Law , Invited, Spring 2012   
""Neal Gabler in Conversation with Steven Ross about Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics,"", 92nd Street Y , Talk/Oral Presentation, New York , 92nd Street Y , Invited, Spring 2012   
""Hollywood Left and Right," ", Panel Discussion of My Book , Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles , LA Public Library ALOUD series, Invited, Fall 2011   
""Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics," ", Historical Society of Southern California, Keynote Lecture, Los Angeles , Historical Society of Southern California, Invited, Fall 2011   
""Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics," ", Film Scholars Award Presentation , Keynote Lecture, Beverly Hills , Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Invited, Fall 2011   
""Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics," ", California Historical Society , Keynote Lecture, San Francisco, California Historical Society , Invited, Fall 2011   
""Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics," ", University of Victoria , Keynote Lecture, Wellington, New Zealand , History Department , Invited, Spring 2011   
""Hollywood Left and Right: Movie Stars and Politics"", Organization of American Historians Convention, Talk/Oral Presentation, Houston , OAH, Invited, Spring 2011   
""Hollywood and the Conservative Revolution: George Murphy and Ronald Reagan"", UUS Studies Center Seminar Series, Lecture/Seminar, University of Sydney, US Studies Center , Invited, Spring 2011   
""How Hollywood Became Hollywood: Movies, Money, and Politics"", MA Arts Journalism Students Seminar Series, Talk/Oral Presentation, USC, Annenberg School of Communication, Invited, Spring 2011   
""Little Caesar and the HUAC Mob: Edward G. Robinson"", US Studies Center Brown Bag Lectures, Lecture/Seminar, University of Sydney, US Studies Center , Invited, Spring 2011   
""Movement Leader, Grassroots Builder: Jane Fonda" ", U.S. Studies Center Seminar, Lecture/Seminar, University of Sydney, US Studies Center, Invited, Spring 2011   
""Visualizing Ideology: Labor vs Capital in the Era of Silent Film"", University of Auckland Guest Lecture, Talk/Oral Presentation, University of Auckland , History Department , Invited, Spring 2011   
", "Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics,"", University of Auckland , Keynote Lecture, Auckland, New Zealand , History Department, Invited, Spring 2011   
"Distinguished Public Lecture ", Hollywood and American Politics, Keynote Lecture, Australia and New Zealand, Sydney Ideas Series and University of Auckland, Invited, Spring 2011   
""Harry Belafonte, Hollywood and Movement Politics"", American Historical Association, Talk/Oral Presentation, Boston , AHA, Invited, Fall 2010   
""Dealing with the Job Market" ", USC Graduate History Workshop, Roundtable/Panel, USC, USC History Department , Invited, 2009-2010   
""The Los Angeles Berlin Wall Project" ", The Politics of Culture , Weekly Radio Show, Santa Monica, CA, KCRW Radio, Invited, 2009-2010   
""Unlocking the Archives: The Role of Primary Sources in Historical Discovery" ", Los Angeles Archives Bazaar, Talk/Oral Presentation, USC, USC Libraries , Invited, 2009-2010   
""Hollywood and World War II"", National Center for History in the Schools Workshop, Talk/Oral Presentation, Los Angeles, National Center for History in the Schools , Invited, Spring 2010   
""Joystick Nation: How Will We Entertain Ourselves in 2020?"", Visions and Voices event , Roundtable/Panel, Los Angeles, USC Visions and Voices , Invited, Spring 2010   
""Promoting Intellectual and Cultural Life at USC"", USC Senate-Provost Retreat , Roundtable/Panel, Huntington Beach , USC, Invited, Spring 2010   
""Hollywood and Presidential Elections: An Overview"", Talk/Oral Presentation, Parkside Arts and Humanities Dorm, USC, Invited, 2008-2009   
""Hollywood, Hitler, and the Coming of World War II" ", Yom Ha Shoah Memorial Ceremony, Keynote Lecture, Aventura, Fla, Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center, Invited, 2008-2009   
""The Pleasures of the Life of the Mind" ", Cum Laude Ceremony, Keynote Lecture, Los Angeles, CA., Brentwood School, Cum Laude Chapter, Invited, 2008-2009   
""Pre-Mature Anti-Fascism in 1930s Hollywood," ", American Studies Convention, Talk/Oral Presentation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, American Studies Association, Invited, Fall 2008   
""Methodology, Language and the Future of Film History,"", American Historical Association Convention, Talk/Oral Presentation, Washington, D.C., American Historical Association, Invited, Spring 2008   
""The Labor Problem and the Origins of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences" ", "Moguls, Millionaires & Movie Stars: Hollywood Between the Wars, 1920-1940,, Roundtable/Panel, San Marino, Ca., Huntington Library , Invited, Spring 2008   
""When Push Comes to Shove: Politics, Jewish Identity, and the Business of Hollywood in the 1930s"", Jewish Los Angeles—Then and Now, Talk/Oral Presentation, UCLA , UCLA Jewish Studies Center, Invited, 11/14/2005  
""The First Political Movie Star: Charlie Chaplin and the Rise of Visual Politics"", The Charles Chaplin Conference, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed London, British Film Institute, 07/21/2005-07/24/2005  
""The Politicization of Hollywood: Anti-Fascism, Anti-Communism, and Anti-Semitism" ", The History of Jews in Los Angeles , Talk/Oral Presentation, Autry Museum, Los Angeles , The Autry National Center, UCLA Center for Jewish , Invited, 04/11/2005  
""When Stars Speak Out: Movie Stars, Politics, and the Power of Audience Response"", Conference on American Cinema and Everyday Life, Talk/Oral Presentation, Refereed London, University College, London & Commonwealth Fund, 06/26/2003-06/28/2003  
 

Other Presentations

"Consultant and On-Air Expert, "Moguls and Movie Stars"", TV Series , Turner Classic Movies, TCM, Fall 2010   
"Historical Consultant, "The Faces of America with Henry Lewis Gates"", PBS TV Series, PBS, KGBH, Spring 2010   
"Host, "Unions--Love Lost?"", "The Politics of Culture", KCRW Radio Series, KCRW Santa Monica, Spring 2010   
"Moderator, "Biography: Hollywood Legends"", LA Times Festival of Books, LA Times, Los Angeles, Spring 2010   
"Moderator, "Looks Can Be Revealing"", Thematic Options Research Conference, USC Thematic Option, Los Angeles, Spring 2010   
""Hollywood and the Presidential Campaign"", The Presidential Campaign of 2008 , USC College: Parents Weekend, USC, Fall 2008   
""Hollywood’s Impact on the Presidential Campaign" ", Presidential Election Forum, USC Trojan League , USC, Fall 2008   
""Hollywood and the Jewish Community"", Consular Corps in Los Angeles Seminar Series, American Jewish Committee, Culver City, Ca., Spring 2008   
""The Social and Political Impact of American Film" ", American Studies Lecture Series, Bir Zeit University (Ramallah) and Al-Quds University (West Bank) Jerusalem, , U.S. State Department, LA and West Bank, Spring 2008   
""What Does It Mean to be an American?" ", Teaching American History, Teaching American History K-12 Program, Los Angeles , 10/10/2007  
""Political Filmmaking and the Films of Costas-Gavras"", Panelist at Eisenstein Film Award , USC Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles, 09/29/2007  
""Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics"", Hart Institute Distinguished Lecture, Pomona College , Claremont, CA, 09/27/2007  
""The Politicization of Hollywood Before World War II: Anti-Fascism, Anti-Communism, and Anti-Semitism" ", Public Lecture , Villa Aurora, Los Angeles , 05/30/2007  
""Hollywood Left and Right: Anti-Fascism, Anti-Communism, and Anti-Semitism Before World War II" ", Dr. Harold Lee Endowed Lecture, Casden Institute for the Study of Jewish Life in America, Los Angeles , 03/21/2007  
""Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics" ", Invited Lecture , L.A. Institute for the Humanities, Los Angeles, 02/16/2007  
""American Politics in Historical Context" ", Talk and Panelist, Visions and Voices Series , USC Cinematic Arts, Los Angeles , 10/22/2006  
", "Little Caesar and the HUAC Mob: Edward G. Robinson, the Red Scare, and the Decline of Liberal Hollywood" ", Invited Paper Presentation, Center for the Study of the Cold War, New York University, New York, 10/17/2006  
""Little Caesar and the HUAC Mob: Edward G. Robinson, the Red Scare, and the Decline of Liberal Hollywood" ", Invited Paper Presentation, American History Seminar, Columbia University, New York, 10/16/2006  
""Movies and Politics in the ‘Golden Age’ of Hollywood"", Invited Talk and Panelist, Parent’s Weekend, USC, Los Angeles, 10/06/2006  
""Understanding HUAC" ", Invited Talk, USC Scene Dock Theater, Visions and Voices , Los Angeles, 09/13/2006  
""Teaching Celebrity, Politics & Public Life: A Multidisciplinary Faculty Workshop"", Invited Panelist, Norman Lear Entertainment Studies Center, Annenberg , Los Angeles, 04/28/2006  
""Undergraduate Education at USC" ", Keynote Address , USC Explore, Los Angeles , 04/03/2006  
""Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Battle for the American Mind"", Henry A. Salvatori Distinguished Lecture, Chapman University, Orange, CA, 03/27/2006  
""Elia Kazan: A Conversation" (with Richard Schickel and Leo Braudy)", Moderator , ALOUD series, Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles , 01/12/2006  
"Working at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach: Infrastructure as a Choreography of Machinery, People, and Goods", Commentator on Photo Exhibit, USC Planning and Development Workshop Seminar Series, Los Angeles, 11/02/2005  
"Thomas Goodnight, "Studies in Celebrity Advocacy: The Passion of the Christ meets Fahrenheit 9/11" ", Commentator, Celebrity, Politics, and Public Life Faculty Seminar, USC, Los Angeles, 03/11/2005  
""Little Caesar and the HUAC Mob: Edward G. Robinson" ", Invited Talk , UCLA American History Colloquium Series, Los Angeles, 11/22/2004  
 

Publications

Book

Ross, S. J. Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and their Spies Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America. New York: Bloomsbury.
Ross, S. J. (2013). Movies and American Society (revised 2nd edition). (Ross, Steven J., Ed.). Malden MA and Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
Ross, S. J. (2011). Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ross, S. J. (2003). Workers On the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890. Los Angeles CA: Figueroa Press.
Ross, S. J. (2002). Movies and American Society. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
Ross, S. J. (1998). Working-Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998, Paperback edition, December 1999. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press.
Ross, S. J. (1985). Workers On the Edge: Work, Leisure, and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890, New York: Columbia University Press, 1985 Paperback edition, June 1987; second printing June 1989. New York: Columbia University Press.
 

Book Chapter

Ross, S. J. (2011). "Social History of American Film". Oxford Encyclopedia of American Social History New York Oxford University Press: Oxford University Press.
Ross, S. J. (2010). "Film and Labor". Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor, a New York Oxford University Press: Oxford University Press.
Ross, S. J. (2004). "Confessions of a Nazi Spy: Warner Brothers, Anti-Fascism, and the Politicization of Hollywood," in Warners' War: Politics, Pop Culture & Propaganda in Wartime Hollywood. pp. 48-59. Los Angeles CA: Norman Lear Center Press.
Ross, S. J. (2001). How Hollywood Became Hollywood: Money, Politics, and Movies," in William Deverell and Tom Sitton, eds., Metropolis in the Making: Los Angeles in the 1920s. Berkeley CA: University of California Press.
 

Book Review

Ross, S. J., Buhle, P. (2005). Hide In Plain Sight: The Hollywood Blacklistees in Film and Television, 1950-2002. American Historical Review. pp. 1557-1558.
Ross, S. J., Cohen, L. (2004). A Consumers’ Republic: The Politics of Mass Consumption in Postwar America. Urban History.
 

Encyclopedia Article

Ross, S. J. (2009). "Politics in American Film," in The Princeton Encyclopedia of U.S. Political History. (Michael Kazin, Ed.). Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press.
 

Journal Article

Ross, S. J. (2012). Op-Ed, "At Issue: Are Hollywood Celebrities Politically out of Touch with Mainstream America?" Quarterly Researcher. Op-Ed, "At Issue: Are Hollywood Celebrities Politically out of Touch with Mainstream America?" Quarterly Researcher. (May 2012)
Ross, S. J. (2007). "The Politicization of Hollywood Before World War II: Anti-Fascism, Anti-Communism, and Anti-Semitism". The Jewish Role in American Life: An Annual Review. Vol. Volume 5 (2007), pp. 1-28.
Ross, S. J. (2004). "Jargon and the Crisis of Readability: Methodology, Language, and the Future of Film History". Cinema Journal/University of Texas Press. Vol. vol 44 (Fall 2004), pp. 130-133..
Ross, S. J. (2003). "The Visual Politics of Class: Silent Film and the Public Sphere. Film International. Vol. 2, pp. 44-50.
Ross, S. J. (2002). "Hollywood, Jews, and America,". Reviews in American History. Vol. 30, pp. 622-630.
Ross, S. J. (2001). "American Workers, American Movies: Historiography and Methodology,". International Labor and Working-Class History. Vol. 59, pp. 81-105.
 

Newspaper

Ross, S. J. (2011). "The Five Best Books on Political Hollywood," Wall Street Journal,. Wall Street Journal.
Ross, S. J. (2011). "Hollywood’s Surprising Political History" Huffington Post,. Huffington Post.
Ross, S. J. (2011). "Obama, Take a Page From Reagan" Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Times.
Ross, S. J. (2011). "Hollywood Left and Right" The Page 99 Test. The Page 99 Test. PubMed Web Address
Ross, S. J. (2011). "Hollywood, Right-Wing Powerhouse" Salon.com. Salon.com.
Ross, S. J. (2004). "21st Century Book Burning" Op-Ed. Los Angeles Times. pp. 2004.
 

Regular Column in Journal or Newspaper

Ross, S. J. (2009). "Big Government? Learning from the Past". Huffington Post.
Ross, S. J. (2008). "The Next Agnew". The Washington Independent.
Ross, S. J. (2008). "A New Democratic Coalition". The Washington Independent.
Ross, S. J. (2008). "Charlton Heston and Image Politics". The Huffington Post.
 

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

Documentary , Historical Consultant and On-Air Expert, "Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood," Turner Classic Movies (TCM), airdate October 2010. , Fall 2010   
Documentary , Historical Consultant, KGBH "The Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.", PBS, February 2010, Spring 2010   
Commentary for DVD, Capricorn One, re-release, Lionsgate Studio, June 2008, 2008-2009   
Commentary, Documentary, Expert Commentator, "The Brothers Warner," Cass Warner documentary, PBS' American Master’s Series (and DVD), 09/29/2008  
Commentary Documentary, Expert Commentator, "You Must "Remember This: The Warner Brothers," Richard Schickel's 5-part series and DVD on PBS' American Masters Series, 09/22/2008-09/24/2008  
Commentator on DVD , Planet of the Apes, re-release, Spring 2008   
Commentary for DVD, Commentary and analysis of two silent films that appear in the National Film Preservation Foundation, Treasures from American Film Archives 3: Social Issues in American Film, 1900-1934 , Fall 2006   
Commentator, DVD, Commentator on HUAC, John Garfield, and Hollywood politics in the 1940s-50s for inclusion in Special Features section "Racing With Fate: John Garfield Under My Skin" in 20th century Fox DVD release, The Ernest Hemingway Film Collection (produced by Cloverland Productions), 09/16/2006  
Commentaor, TV Show, Commentator, "Union Made," TV Ontario, aired winter 2005., 09/01/2005  
Commentator for American Movie Channel , Commentator for American Movie Channel (AMC) Series "Movies That Shook the World," Episodes for Birth of a Nation, Do The Right Thing, The Graduate, Fatal Attraction, Spring 2005   
Commentator, DVD series, Commentary and analysis of three silent films that appear in the National Film Preservation Foundation, More Treasures from American Film Archives: 50 films, 1894-1931 , 09/02/2004  
Interactive Website, Visualizing Ideology: Labor vs Capital in the Age of Silent Film. www.usc.edu/schools/college/history/hist225g/ , Spring 1997   
Documentary Video, Workers On the Edge adapted to the screen in an educational video entitled They Build the City: The Working People of Cincinnati, produced by the Sylvis Society (Cincinnati) and funded by the Ohio Humanities Council., 1988-1989   
 

New Courses Developed

The Cinematic Century, History 498, This was a new seminar offered as History 498 that will become part of the department's offerings in Visual and Popular Culture. The course was team-taught with Vanessa Schwartz and Steve Ross. Here is part of the coruse description: "This seminar narrates the history of the 20th century using film and mass culture as its organizing principle. It examines many of the usual problems of the 20th century through the prism of mass culture. We ask, what does the 20th century—its people and its history—look like when instead of focusing on national boundaries we use film, visual culture, and mass culture as ways of seeing and understanding contemporaneous life? Our goal is not to simply repeat the historical issues we know about and add film (social movements and film) but rather to ask what are the big issues that emerge when you think about media and the world they have created.", Fall 2005   
Movies, Movie Stars, and Politics, History 498, This is a senior research seminar that explores the relationship of movies, movies stars and politics from the beginning of the film industry to the present. Weekly readings introduce you to a broad history of Hollywood politics—on and off the screen. Students are expected to begin working immediately on finding a topic for your research paper. It can be on the politics of a particular star or Hollywood figure (i.e. writer, producer, director); on the politics of a particular studio or genre of films (anti-fascist films, anti-Vietnam war films; feminist films, etc.); on the politics of censorship; or on any other aspect of the political history of Hollywood. By the end of the semester every student will be expected to hand in a 20 page original research paper on some topic related to the themes of the class. In addition to common readings, we will also look at a number of films (or at least parts of them)., Fall 2004   
 

Honors and Awards

Faculty Fellow, Center for Excellence in Teaching, USC, 8/15/2011-8/14/2014  
Research Grant, Casden Institute for the Study of the Jewish Role in American Life, 6/30/2013-7/1/2014  
USC Dornsife College Distinguished Faculty Fellow, 8/15/2011-8/14/2013  
Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Paris 8, 6/1/2013-6/30/2013  
"Hollywood Left and Right" named Choice "Outstanding Academic Title" for 2012 , Fall 2012   
Nomination, Pulitzer Prize in History for Hollywood Left and Right, Fall 2011   
USC Faculty Innovative Teaching Award, 2010-2011   
Juror, Pen/West Literary Award in Research Nonfiction, 2011 , Spring 2011   
Distinguished Visiting Professor, University of Sydney, 4/1/2011-4/30/2011  
Visiting Professor and Distinguished Lecturer, U.S. Studies Centre, University of Sydney, , 4/1/2011-4/30/2011  
Provost's Arts and Humanities Award for "Visions and Voices Series" for 2010-2011, March 2010, 2009-2010   
Provost’s Arts and Humanities Award for "Visions and Voices Series" for 2009-10, March 2009, 2008-2009   
Provost’s Arts and Humanities Award for "Visions and Voices Series" for 2008-09, March 2008, 2007-2008   
Provost’s Arts and Humanities Award for "Visions and Voices Series" for 2007-08, March 2007, 2006-2007   
Faculty Appreciation Award, Alpha Lamba Delta (USC), , Fall 2006   
Provost’s Arts and Humanities Award for "Visions and Voices Series" for 2006-07, March 2006, 2005-2006   
USC or School/Dept Award for Teaching, USC General Education Teaching Award, Fall 2005   
Casden Institute Faculty Research Grant, "Hollywood, Jews, and Politics," USC, 7/1/04-6/30/05, 2004-2005   
Nominated for Wayward Press Award for Op-Ed Piece, 2004  
USC Innovative Teaching Award, for Undergraduate Teaching, 2001-2002  
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Film Scholars Award, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2001  
Nominee for Pulitzer and National Book Award, 1999  
USC Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award, for "Working-Class Hollywood", 1999  
Recipient of National or International Prize in Discipline, Theater Library Association Book Award, 1999  
USC Raubenheimer Outstanding Senior Faculty Award, for Distinguished Research, Teaching, and Service, 1998  
USC Associates Award For Excellence In Teaching, 1992  
USC Innovative Teaching Award, 1991  
Arnold and Lois Graves Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in Teaching in the Humanities, 1989  
USC Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund Award, USC Faculty Research and Innovation Fund Award, 1987  
 

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

History Department Chair, 08/15/2007-08/15/2010  
History Department Chair, 08/2003-08/2006  
 

Committees

Member, Advisory Board, Visual Studies Graduate Certificate Program, 08/2009-  
Member, Branding Workshop, Annenberg School of Communications, 08/2009-  
Member, Academic Advisory Board, Shoah Institute for Visual History, 08/15/2008-  
Chair, Co-Director and Co-Founder, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, 08/15/1998-  
Co-Chair, Co-Chair Program Committee, History Department, Aug 2011-June 2012, 2011-2012   
University Senate, Committee on Development and Implementation of University Policies, Aug. 2011-Aug. 2012, 2011-2012   
Chair, History Department Chair, 08/15/2007-08/15/2010  
Member, Search Committee for director of Shoah Institute for Visual History, 2008-2009   
Member, University Committee on Appointments, Promotion and Tenure, 2008-2009   
Member, Academic Advisory Board, Shoah Institute for Visual History, 2007-2008   
Chair, History Department, 2007-2008   
Member, University Committee on Appointments, Promotion and Tenure, 2007-2008   
Chair, History Department, 08/16/2003-08/15/2006  
Chair, Co-Director, Celebrity, Culture and Politics Faculty Seminar, Norman Lear Center, Annenberg, USC., 09/1999-06/2006  
Chair, Department of History Member, College General Education Revision Committee, 10/04-5/05 Co-Director, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities Co-Director, Celebrity Culture and Politics Faculty Speak, USC Incoming Freshmen Orientation, August 20, 2004 Faculty Speaker, USC Presidential Scholars Admittees, March 3, 2005 , 2004-2005   
Member, College General Education Revision Committee, 2004-2005   
 

Review Panels

Shoah Foundation, Grant Proposal Evaluation, Fall 2010   
 

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Historical Consultant and On-Air Expert, "Moguls and Movie Stars: A History of Hollywood", Turner Classic Movies, Fall 2010   
Guest Host, "Unions--Love Lost?" on "The Politics of Culture" KCRW, Spring 2010   
Historical Consultant, "The Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr" PBS, Spring 2010   
Guest Host, "The Los Angeles Berlin Wall Project," on The Politics of Culture, KCRW radio, Santa Monica, Cal., 11/03/2009  
In Studio Expert, Commenting on Presidential Elections, Evening News, KNBC, Burbank, Nov. 4, 2008, Fall 2008   
Interview for article on "The Impact of Celebrity Endorsements on Presidential Campaigns," TODAY Show Web, Oct. 15, 2008, Fall 2008   
Interview, "Obama’s Victory," [French] Elle, Nov. 4, 2008, Fall 2008   
On Air Interview, "Celebrities and Politics," CTV (Canadian Television) Special, Toronto, Canada, Sept. 26, 2008 [airdate Oct. 9, 2008], Fall 2008   
On Air Interview, "Estimating Likely Audience Responses to Oliver Stone’s "W"," CNN, American Morning, Oct. 13, 2008, Fall 2008   
On Camera Interview, "Obama, Vibe and X-Box: The Impact," CNN, American Morning, Oct. 23, 2008, Fall 2008   
Host, "The Politics of Culture," KCRW, interview with Robert Scheer on The Pornography of Power: How Defense Hawks Hijacked 9/11 and Weakened America, May 27, 2008, Spring 2008   
Interview with [London] Financial Times on assessing the results of Super Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2008, Spring 2008   
Interview, "American Morning," CNN, featured segment about Oprah’s declining popularity after Barack Obama endorsement, May 28, 2008., Spring 2008   
Interview, Celebrities and Politics, Dallas Morning News, Aug. 24, 2008, Spring 2008   
Interview, GMTV (Good Morning TV is UK's main morning news show) segment for Super Tuesday on the impact that celebrity endorsements can have on an election. Jan. 31, 2008, Spring 2008   
Interview, New York Times, "A Few Tremors in Oprahland," on impact of endorsement of Obama, May 26, 2008., Spring 2008   
Interview, Segment on release of Obama and McCain Biographical Comic Books, for "The Situation Room," CNN, July 31, 2008, Spring 2008   
Interview, The Impact of Celebrity Endorsements on the Presidential Campaign. Newsmax magazine, June 24,2008, Spring 2008   
Interview, [London} Independent, story on Oprha’s declining TV fortunes, May 27, 2008, Spring 2008   
Interview, for article on Hollywood Celebrities and the Democratic Convention, Elle (Paris edition), Aug. 22, 2008, Spring 2008   
Celebrities and Politics Segment, NPR’s "Day to Day" with Alex Smith, KPPC FM, Sept. 5, 2007, Fall 2007   
Interview with Jacquelien Nienhuis, Correspondent USA, Algemeen Dagblad. Daily Newspaper The Netherlands on Hollywood and the Presidnetial Election, Oct. 2007, Fall 2007   
Interview, "Marketplace" the impact of celebrity endorsement, airs Dec. 7, 2007, Los Angeles, Fall 2007   
Interview, "The Race" radio show on XM Satellite Radio, talking about the impact of celebrity endorsements, Dec. 6, 2007, Fall 2007   
Interview, Agence France-Presse, Celebrity endorsement and the 2008 presidential campaign, Dec. 7, 2007, Fall 2007   
Interview, [Poland] Daily News, the role of celebrity endorsements in the 2008 presidential campaign, Dec. 5, 2007, Fall 2007   
Interviewed by Joel Budd for article in The Economist on "Hollywood and Politics," Sept. 11, 2007., Fall 2007   
On Air Commentator, KCBS News Radio, San Francisco, Impact of Oprah on Obama, Dec. 10, 2007, Fall 2007   
On Air Expert Commentator, The Today Show, the impact of Oprha’s endorsement of Barak Obama, Dec. 8, 2007. New York , Fall 2007   
One-hour segment and listener call in about Celebrities and Politics, Kathleen Dunn Show, Wisconsin Public Radio, Sept. 11, 2007., Fall 2007   
Segment interview on Celebrity Impact on Voting, KCBS Radio San Francisco, Sept. 18, 2007, Fall 2007   
Segment on Oprah Endorsement of Barack Obama, NPR’s "On the Media," September 6, 2007. , Fall 2007   
Expert Commentator for documentary feature film, "The Brothers Warner," Cass Sperling producer, April 5, 2007, Spring 2007   
Expert Commentator, 10-hour history of Warner Brothers Studios, Richard Schickel, for TBS, Jan. 3, 2007., Spring 2007   
Interviewed by BBC Radio for story on Governor Arnold, Celebrity Politics and California Referendum Elections, Oct. 20, 2005, Fall 2005   
Quoted in "California Vote: Arnold Says. Warren Says No," New York Times, Oct. 14, 2005, Fall 2005   
Radio Commentator, "Progressive Hollywood," on "The Lawyer’s Guild Show," KPFK, 07/14/2005  
Commentator for BBC TV News Feature on Celebrities and Politics in 2004 Elections, 09/14/2004  
Commentator, A & E Biography Series, "Louis B. Mayer", 08/26/2004  
 

Other Service to the University

Speaker to USC Presidential Scholars Admittees, 03/03/2005-03/03/2205  
Co-Director, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Responsibilities include planning a bi-monthly luncheon speakers series for our nearly 100 Fellows, running several subcommittees, and planning annual conferences., 09/01/1998-  
Historical Advisor, Academy Museum of the Motion Picture, Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, summer 2006 through present Commentator, “Birth of a Nation” in Movies That Shook the World series on American Movie Channel, fall 2005. Interviewed by BBC Radio for story on Governor Arnold, Celebrity Politics and California Referendum Elections, Oct. 20, 2005 Interviewed and quoted in “California Vote: Arnold Says. Warren Says No,” New York Times, Oct. 14, 2005 Interviewed and quoted in “Where There’s Smoke, There’s a Star,” NY Times, Sept. 18, 2005 , 2005-2006   
Speaker at Freshman Orientation, 08/20/2004  
 

Service to the Profession

Administrative Appointments

Reviewer, Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 01/2013-  
 

Committees

Member, University Policies and Procedures Committee, 08/2012-  
 

Conferences Organized

Co-Organizer , Politics in Art Forms 2, USC , A second conference on the theme of Politics in Art Forms sponsored by USC, UCLA and University of Paris 8., Spring 2014   
Organizer , "Music Festivals: Building New Communities for a New Generation" , USC , A Vision and Voices event that featured three film screenings and a panel discussion., Spring 2013   
Co-Organizer , Politics in Art Forms , USC and UCLA, Joint Conference with USC, UCLA and University of Paris 8., Spring 2013   
Organizer , Joystick Nation: How Will We Entertain Ourselves in 2020?", USC Visions and Voices , Dialogue Series featuring Mark Murphy, Richard Schickel, Tracy Fullerton, and Tara McPherson , Spring 2010   
Organizer , "Seeing Los Angeles", USC Visions and Voices, Dialogue Series featuring D.J. Waldie, playwright Theresa Chavez, George Sanchez, and moderator Aaron Paley, Spring 2009   
Organizer, "Does the Modern World Still Work? (And If Not, Is Religion the Answer?", USC Visions and Voices, Dialogue Series featuring Kevin Starr, Jack Miles, Julia Sweeney, and Amir Hussain, sponsored by the LA Institute for the Humanities , Spring 2008   
Organizer , Hip Hop America, USC Visions and Voices , Dialogues Series, "Hip Hop America" (featuring Ann Powers, Josh Kun and Todd Boyd)sponsored by LA Institute for the Humanities, Fall 2007   
Organizer , "The Moral Morass of Contemporary Life" , USC Vision and Voices , Dialogues Series, "The Moral Morass of Contemporary Life" (featuring Jack Miles, Rabbi Leonard Beerman, Rev. George Regas) sponsored by LA Institute for the Humanities, Spring 2007   
Organizer , "Pop, Politics, and Propaganda" , USC Visions and Voices , Dialogues Series, "Pop, Politics, and Propaganda" (featuring Robbie, Marc Cooper, Marty Kaplan, and Carole Wells)sponsored by LA Institute for the Humanities, Fall 2006   
Organizer, "Have Blogs Replaced Newspapers and Should We Care?", , USC , Dialogues Series (featuring Ana Marie Cox, Kevin Drum, Kevin Roderick, and Martin Kaplan)sponsored by LA Institute for the Humanities, Spring 2006   
Organizer , "The Big Lie? News, Media, and the Fiction of Non-Fiction," , Citywide Conference at USC , "The Big Lie? News, Media, and the Fiction of Non-Fiction," citywide conference sponsored by the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, Spring 2005   
Organizer, "Writing L.A.: Urban Noir, Postmodern Malaise, and Suburban Angst in the Capital of the 21st Century." , citywide conference at USC, 2 day citywide conference sponsored by the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, Spring 2004   
Organizer , From Sunset Boulevard to Mulholland Drive: Los Angeles in the Cinematic Imagination", citywide conference at USC, 2 day citywide conference sponsored by the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, Spring 2003   
Organizer and Moderator, USC Teach In on the War in Iraq, USC, 2 hour teach in on the war, Spring 2003   
Organizer , "Los Angeles At the Millennium: Identity and Community in the 21st Century , citywide conference at USC, citywide conference sponsored by the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, Spring 2002   
Organizer and Speaker, "Teach In on the Current Crisis", USC, 2 hour teach in organized after 9/11, Fall 2001   
 

Editorships and Editorial Boards

Editorial Board, "Class and Culture" series, University of Michigan Press, 09/01/2005-  
Media Editor, American Communist History, 09/01/2001-  
Editorial Board Member, Ohio Valley History, 04/01/2000-06/30/2006  
Editorial Board Member, Queen City Heritage, 1985-2000  
Editorial Board Member, Journal of the Early Republic, 1988-1993  
Editorial Board Member, International Labor and Working Class History, 1979-1990  
 

Professional Memberships

American Political Science Association, 10/2009-  
Society for Cinema Studies, 09/01/1990-  
American Studies Association, 09/01/1984-  
American Historical Association, 09/01/1978-  
Organization of American Historians, 09/01/1978-  
 

Review Panels

Shoah Foundation, Teaching Grant Proposals, Fall 2009   
 

Reviewer for Publication

David Blake’s Ike Day: Mad Men, Hollywood, and The Birth of Celebrity Politics, University of North Carolina Press , Proposal evaluator , Spring 2012   
Kathryn Cramer Brownell’s Showbiz Politics: Hollywood in American Politics, 1928-1980, University of North Carolina Press , Reviewed manuscript for publication , Spring 2012   
Pacific Historical Review , Reviewed article, "A Forgotten Frontier: Women Pioneers, Motion Pictures, and the Culture of Early Hollywood in the Era of World War One" , Spring 2009   
Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Oxford University Press , Reviewed article, Fall 2008   
Labor, "All Work or No Play: Key Themes in the History of the American Actor s Worker" , Fall 2007   
Richard Koszarski, Hollywood on the Hudson , Rutgers University Press , 2 volume history of filmmaking in NY and NJ, Spring 2007   
Grant Proposal, Screening Class: Film Production, Reception, and the Circulations of Class Identity, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Grant Evaluation, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Evaluation of Derek Nystrom: "Screening Class: Film Production, Reception, and the Circulations of Class Identity, Feb 1. 2005 , Spring 2005   
Audiences as Richard Butsch, Crowds, Publics and Individuals: A History, Oxford University Press , Manuscript Reade, Fall 2004   
Elziabeth Fones-Wolf, Waves of opposition : labor and the struggle for democratic radio, University of Illinois PRess , manuscript reader, Spring 2003   
 

Media, Alumni, and Community Relations

Interviewed by French TV, Arte, for programs on (1) The Vietnam War on Film, Sept. 12, 2013; The Controversy Over Ben Urwand’s The Collaboration, Oct. 11, 2014 , Fall 2013   
Interviewed for Television show, "Secret Societies of Hollywood," E network, interview Sept 6, 2013 , Fall 2013   
Interviewed, "The Controversy Over The Collaboration," on "Which Way LA," KCRW, Sept. 12, 2013, , Fall 2013   
Quoted in Tom Brook, "Did Hollywood Studios help the Nazis?" BBC Culture, "The Reel World," September 30, 2013, Fall 2013   
Interview, "Louis B. Mayer, Republican Politics and Hollywood," KPFK, April 16, 2013 , Spring 2013   
Interview, Hollywood Left and Right, The Scholars Corner, KPFK, April 14, 2013, Spring 2013   
On Air Interview with Al Jezeera regarding "Political Films Up For Oscars: Lincoln, Argo, and Zero Dark Thirty," Feb. 20, 2013, Spring 2013   
Panel Presentation, "History: The Cold War—Hollywood and Beyond," LA Times-USC Festival of Books, Book TV, Los Angeles, April 21, 2013 , Spring 2013   
Quoted in "Bringing the History of Jews in L.A. into Clearer Focus," Los Angeles Times, May 25, 2013 , Spring 2013   
Quoted, "Scholar Asserts That Hollywood Avidly Aided Nazis" (article about Urwand book), New York Times, June 25, 2013 , Spring 2013   
Quoted, "When Hollywood Held Hands with Hitler," Chronicle of Higher Education, July 10, 2013, Spring 2013   
Radio Interview, "Political Stars," German National Broadcaster "Deutschlandradio" July 11, 2013, Spring 2013   
Radio Interview, Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics on "Books and Arts Daily," ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corp] Radio National, Sydney, Aug. 12, 2013, Spring 2013   
Interview and Quoted in "Celebs and Pols: When the Star Alliance Misfires," Sept. 1, 2012, AP article, , Fall 2012   
Interview, "Hollywood and Politics," CNN.comn, Washington, D.C., Oct. 1, 2012, Fall 2012   
Interview, "Hollywood and the Presidential Election," Agence France-Presse (AFP), Oct. 24, 2012, Fall 2012   
Interview, Hollywood Left and Right with Next.Liberation "Intelligence Service" section , Fall 2012   
On Air Interview, "And The Academy Award Goes To…", BBC Radio 4, discussion of On the Waterfront and In the Heat of the Night, Los Angeles, Oct. 3, 2012,, Fall 2012   
Interview, "Celebrities and Politics," Patt Morrison Show, KPPC, Pasadena, May 10, 2012, Spring 2012   
Interview, Hollywood Left and Right, BookTV-CSPAN, at USC-LA Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, April 22, 2012, Spring 2012   
Interviewed, Discussion of Hollywood Left and Right, "The Milt Rosenberg Show," WGN Radio 720, Chicago, January 5, 2012, Spring 2012   
On Air Interview, "Obama’s Support of Same Sex Marriage: The Impact on Hollywood," CNN Newsroom, June 6, 2012 , Spring 2012   
On Air Interview, "Why Do Voters Care What Hollywood Thinks?" Varney and Company, Fox Business Network, May 11, 2012, Spring 2012   
On Air Interview, Segment on the Importance of Celebrity Endorsements Regarding Controversial Political Issues, "Connect," CBC TV, Jan. 10, 2012, Toronto, Canada, Spring 2012   
Quoted in "George Clooney's Obama fundraiser uses star power with a twist," LA Times, May 10, 2012, Spring 2012   
Quoted, "As Election 2012 nears, Hollywood Republicans are braving the limelight," Gloria Goodale, Christian Science Monitor, February 29, 2012, , Spring 2012   
Quoted, "GOP field finds itself star-crossed: Celeb appeal on the stump can be limited," Ted Johnson, Variety, March 17, 2012 , Spring 2012   
American History TV, CSPAN video, "Hollywood and American Politics," California Historical Society, San Francisco, Sept. 21, 2011, Fall 2011   
Interview about Hollywood Left and Right, The Lawyer’s Guild Show, KPFK radio, Sept. 8, 2011 , Fall 2011   
Interview, "A World in Time" with Lewis Lapham, Bloomberg.com and Bloomberg Terminal, Oct. 26, 2011, Fall 2011   
Interview, "The Current," Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Calgary, Oct. 21, 2011, Fall 2011   
Interview, "The Hutchison Report: Town Hall of the Air," KPFK, Los Angeles, Nov. 26, 2011, Fall 2011   
Interview, Hollywood Left and Right, "David Sirota Show" Am 760 Progressive Talk, Portland, Sept. 27, 2011, Fall 2011   
Interview, Hollywood Left and Right, "Four O'Clock Wednesdays with Jon Wiener, "KPFK radio, Sept. 14, 2011, Fall 2011   
Interview, Hollywood Left and Right, "Patt Morrison Show," KPPC, Pasadena, Oct. 3, 2011, Fall 2011   
Interviewed, "The Monocle Weekly," Monocle Weekly Radio, London, December 10, 2011 , Fall 2011   
Interviewed, "What sayeth the stars? Not enough minorities in Hollywood" - CNN.com By Zohreen Adamjee and Michael Martinez, CNN, Nov. 8, 201, Fall 2011   
 
 
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