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.

Past CIS Visiting Scholars

  • Carola Weil, USC
  • Stacie Goddard, Wellesley
  • Patricia Owens, Oxford
  • 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)