About Us


The Center for International Studies (CIS) was originally established as a research unit by the USC School of International Relations in 1986 to promote advanced research and critical debate of theoretical and policy issues in world affairs. The Center supports the research of faculty and students; hosted scholars from the United States and abroad; organizes public seminars, workshops and conferences; promotes collaborative research projects; and contributes to public understanding of international affairs.

CIS Director

Previous CIS Directors

Past CIS Visiting Scholars

  • Jordan Branch, Brown University
  • Soumita Basu, South Asian University
  • Maya Eichler, University of Toronto
  • Roselyn Hsueh, Temple University
  • Titus Chen, National Chengchi University
  • Sarah Ellen Graham, University of Western Sydney
  • Carola Weil, American University
  • Stacie Goddard, Wellesley College
  • Patricia Owens, Oxford University
  • Barbara Koremenos, University of Michigan
  • Alan Kuperman, Johns Hopkins
  • Jacqui True, Auckland
  • Brooke Ackerly, Vanderbilt
  • Patricia Goff, Utah
  • Jacinta O’Hagen, Queensland
  • Joel Fetzer, Pepperdine
  • Andrew Walter, London School of Economics
  • Eytan Meyers, Hebrew University
  • Audie Klotz,Illinois
  • Pablo Neumeyer, DiTella Universty, Argentina
  • Dan Posner, UCLA

Recent Funders of CIS Activities

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching, USC
  • Center for International Business, Research, and Education, USC
  • Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, USC
  • Consulate of Japan, Los Angeles
  • Consulate of Azerbaijan, Los Angeles
  • Ford Foundation
  • Henry R. Luce Foundation
  • Government of Canada
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Pacific Council for International Policy
  • School of International Relations
  • Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Los Angeles
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • National Science Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Henry Luce Foundation
  • American Council for Quebec Studies
  • Western Canadian Studies Association
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Fundacion Vidanta
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Upcoming CIS Events


Introducing CIS Postdoctoral Fellow Benjamin Pasquale!
08.26.14 Benjamin Pasquale is the incoming CIS Hayward R. Alker Postdoctoral Fellow for 2014-15. He is finishing his PhD in Politics at New York University. His dissertation analyzes how large Indian government programs shape Maoist-related violence in Jharkhand, India.

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