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USC Dornsife’s doctoral candidate Matthew Mendez (left) and Christian Grose, associate professor of political science, said they were shocked to find a nearly 20 percentage point gap among legislators who support voter ID laws based on the name of the ethnicity of the constituent. Photo by Susan Bell.

Identifying Bias

July 17, 2014

Groundbreaking research by USC Dornsife’s Christian Grose, associate professor of political science, and doctoral candidate Matthew Mendez has shown that lawmakers who support voter ID laws are more likely to show racial…

Alumna Angela Johnson Meszaros works in environmental justice, focusing on air quality, as general counsel for the organization Physicians for Social Responsibility – Los Angeles. Photo by Ana Mascarena.

Helping Us Breathe Easier

July 14, 2014

In Los Angeles and Orange counties in the past year, the oil industry has used more than 45 million pounds — 22,500 tons — of toxic air pollutants as part of its 477 hydraulic fracturing (fracking), acidizing and…

Diversity Visionary Award-winner George Sanchez is a first-generation college student himself, whose parents emigrated from Mexico. Photo by Alexandra Bissonnette.

Sanchez’s Vision for Diversity

July 10, 2014

When George Sanchez, professor of history, and American studies and ethnicity, was offered the position of vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives in 2009, he accepted on one condition — that he would not have…

USC Dornsife professor Manuel Pastor (from left), talk show host Tavis Smiley; Maria Brenes, executive director of Inner City Struggle; and Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, participated in Smiley's kickoff for a four-year initiative to address poverty in America. Photograph by Zon D'Amour.

Pastor Speaks on Poverty

July 3, 2014

Sharing bleak statistics during a recent kickoff for Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Ending Poverty initiative, professor Manuel Pastor pointed to the need to raise the public’s awareness about the high poverty levels in…

Ishan Shah, the youngest person and the first Indian-American to be elected to the Ohlone College Board of Trustees in Alameda County, California, will return to USC Dornsife in the Fall to finish his degree in political science. Photos courtesy of Ishan Shah.

A Student with Experience

July 3, 2014

Last Fall, Ishan Shah was a senior with only weeks left before he was due to graduate from USC Dornsife with a degree in political science. Then disaster struck. Shah’s mother was stricken with cancer. Interrupting his…

Chris Lee, CEO of Kitson, who participated in the Joint Educational Project (JEP) while an economics major at USC Dornsife, is now giving back to JEP. Photo by Matt Meindl.

A Visionary Entrepreneur

June 26, 2014

An economics major at USC Dornsife in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Kitson CEO Chris Lee retains fond memories of participating in the Joint Educational Project (JEP) as a math tutor at Manual Arts High School near the USC…

George Sanchez of history, and American studies and ethnicity, and vice dean of diversity, has been named president-elect of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association starting Fall 2014. Photo by Mira Zimet.

Sanchez Selected AHA-PCB President

June 24, 2014

A forthcoming book by George Sanchez, professor of history, and American studies and ethnicity, and vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives at USC Dornsife, will focus on racial interactions in the Boyle Heights…

Former senior adviser to the U.S. Department of Defense, alumnus Jeffrey Fields brings years of experience at the highest level of government to his new position at USC Dornsife’s School of International Relations. Fields will lead the new USC Dornsife Washington D.C. program. Photo by Susan Bell.

Politics Comes to Life

June 19, 2014

Joining USC Dornsife as assistant professor of the practice of international relations, alumnus Jeffrey Fields will direct a new program in Washington D.C. to be launched in Spring 2015. As a former senior adviser to the U.S.…

Jason Wong, who graduated in 2003 with a double major in political science and history, now works as a federal prosecutor at the attorney general's office in Manhattan, New York. This month he will be presented with a Tommy Award by the USC Alumni Club of New York City. Photo courtesy of Jason Wong.

Law and Order

June 12, 2014

Growing up in Brooklyn, Jason Wong’s parents were frequently robbed, sometimes at knifepoint. One of his earliest memories is being with his mother at a subway station as a 5-year-old. Two thugs threatened to throw the…

Flanked by her husband and daughter, Usman Chaudhry’s mother speaks at a vigil held on June 21, 2008, at the location of her youngest son’s wrongful shooting by an LAPD officer. The vigil was organized by Olu Orange of political science, and students from the USC Trial Advocacy Program. From left: Afzhal Chaudhry, Rukhsana Chaudhry, Usma Chaudhry. All photos courtesy of Olu Orange.

Setting a Civil Rights Precedent

June 10, 2014

Justice has been upheld and USC Dornsife faculty and students helped ensure it. On May 19, six years after police shot and killed a young autistic man, Mohammed Usman Chaudhry, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that…