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Professor of Anthropology Eugene (Gene) Cooper was a devoted teacher and mentor to generations of students. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

In Memoriam: Eugene Cooper, 68

October 22, 2015

Eugene (Gene) Cooper, professor of anthropology, has died. He was 68. Cooper died at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Calif., on Oct. 18 from pneumonia and septic shock. His death came just days after announcing his…

Nancy Lutkehaus, professor of anthropology and political science. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Institutionalizing the Primitive

August 20, 2015

Walking into the dramatic first-floor gallery of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, the visitor is confronted with the towering bis poles collected by Michael Rockefeller on his final expedition to New Guinea.…

Based in Singapore, Kaitlin Solimine splits her time between running the online academic magazine <em>Hippo Reads</em> and finishing her first novel. Photo courtesy of Kaitlin Solimine.

Her Heart’s in the Far East

February 13, 2015

A simple twist of fate launched the trajectory of Kaitlin Solimine’s academic pursuits. As a high school student at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, Solimine, who earned her master’s in East Asian area…

Students from “The Global Performance of Healing” Problems Without Passports class in Brazil stand in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Our Lady of Aparecida in Brasilia, a planned city that replaced Rio de Janeiro as the capital in 1960. Photo courtesy of Erin Moore.

A Healing Experience in Brazil

July 29, 2014

On the first day, we sat in a room meditating for four and a half hours. With my eyes closed, it could have easily been seven hours — or two. It felt timeless. This is how sociology major Sarah Newell describes her…


May 5, 2014

Zooarchaeologist Sarah Newman carefully sweeps the area surrounding the remains of prizewinning racehorse Native Diver. USC alumnus Richard Shapiro connected with USC Dornsife archaeologists to help recover Native Diver before a complex is built on the land where the horse was buried. Photo by Lynn Swartz Dodd.

A Racing Legend Revisited

March 12, 2014

This past weekend a team of USC Dornsife archaeologists and students recovered the remains of legendary race horse Native Diver, helping to preserve a part of Los Angeles history. Black gelding Native Diver, a member of…

Joseph Hawkins is a professor of anthropology at USC Dornsife and director of ONE Archives at USC Libraries. But in a former life, he was at the epicenter of fine dining in Los Angeles. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

The Corner Booth

January 24, 2014

For students of USC Dornsife anthropologist Joseph Hawkins, fieldwork could require a reservation at Spago. Fortunately, Hawkins has the connections to make those kinds of arrangements. Wolfgang Puck’s legendary…

Vellore Adithi won first place in the humanities category at the 2013 Undergraduate Symposium for Scholarly and Creative Work. Adithi's research (shown on computer screen) looked at Jewish-American citizenship and ethnic expression in 20th century America in the work of comic book artist Will Eisner. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Amazing Adventures in Undergrad Research

May 15, 2013

Vellore Adithi loves comic books. Growing up, the Missouri native remembers travelling to India during the summer to visit her family and voraciously reading Archie, Tin Tin, Asterix and Batman.   Adithi, a USC Dornsife…

Researchers found atherosclerosis in 34 percent of the mummies studied, according to a recent study led by University Professor Caleb Finch, who has a joint appointment in USC Dornsife and the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Photo courtesy of <em>The Lancet</em>.

Lessons From Mummy

March 13, 2013

Like nearly 4.6 million Americans, ancient hunter-gatherers also suffered from clogged arteries, revealing that the plaque buildup causing blood clots, heart attacks and strokes is not just a result of fatty diets or couch…

Image of the Maya sun god as shark man, one of his several guises found on the frieze of the Temple of the Night Sun at El Zotz, Guatemala. Photo by Edwin Román, reproduced courtesy of Proyecto Arqueologico El Zotz.

Digging for Knowledge

January 30, 2013

Evening is falling on the ancient Maya kingdom of El Zotz deep in the dense undergrowth of the Guatemalan jungle. A dark tide of bats flows out of a large cave in the nearby mountainside as the last rays of the setting sun…