Residential Education

I am the Resident Faculty Fellow in Trojan Hall in South Area. I live with my wife, Lynn Ta, and our two boys, Zeke (3) and Eli (1) in Trojan Hall. If you want a good overview of what resident faculty are all about, check out this story by Annenberg TV News on resident faculty in South Area. 

Last year was a great year, and I can't wait to welcome our 2014/2015 residents. I've posted pictures of a few of last-year's highlights: a hike in Runyon Canyon followed by Pinks Hotdogs, a wander around Chinatown for dim sum and little L.A. history, and a jaunt down to Watts for fried chicken and waffles at the historic Watts Coffee House and a tour of the iconic Watts Towers. Oh yeah, and the LA County Museum of Art so I could get my Rodin fix.  

I am teaching two undergraduate courses this year. IR 213: The Global Economy in the the fall and IR 211: Approaches to Research in the Spring. I love having current and former Trojan residents in my classes, so check them out!  

I will be hosting "home-office hours" all year, which are open to both residents and students enrolled in my courses (time TBD), so come by for a cup of coffee and say hi!  

One of the themes I try to work into my programs as a resident faculty is connecting college to careers and getting students to think strategically about their career early in their time at USC. So far this year we've had a number of great guests speaking with students on this topic including a hollywood writer, the communications director for Mayor Garcetti, and the CEO of a data analytics firm. I also just ran a short training for the RAs on this topic, and the slides for that are here.  I'm always happy to talk these things over students, so just drop me an e-mail or come by my home-office hours.  

A Little About Us

Lynn, Zeke, and I arrived at USC the summer of 2012 and Eli joined us the summer of 2013. Lynn is a social justice attorney with a Ph.D. in Literature from UC San Diego and a J.D. from Berkeley.

I also received my Ph.D. from UC San Diego, and when I'm not doing my research I like to get outside and hike, bike, rock climb, ski, and generally ramble about.