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Matthew Kahn is currently a visiting professor of economics and spatial sciences at USC Dornsife but will come onboard full-time in August 2016. Photo courtesy of Matthew Kahn.

New faculty member brings passion for environmental economics

January 21, 2016

When Matthew Kahn was nine years old, in the early 1970s, he wrote a letter to then-President Gerald Ford to inquire about the details of Ford’s “Whip Inflation Now” economic program. “At a very young…

Gaming Chinese Historical Capitalism

Gaming the past

January 11, 2016

Jenny Xu and her small family had worked hard to get ahead in life. With patience, focus and saved money, they managed to acquire several parcels of land and eventually even a permit to build a factory. Jenny began to flourish…

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

USC Dornsife’s writers pick their favorite stories from 2015

December 31, 2015

The writing staff in the USC Dornsife Communication department has the privilege of working with some of the most brilliant and inspiring students, faculty members and alumni on the planet and telling their stories. Reflecting…

Chinese miniature architecture created between the 10th and 13th centuries was used to provide interior ornamentation in Buddhist monasteries and temples.

Graduate student studies miniature Chinese ornaments

December 2, 2015

Many young architects nurse lofty ambitions to build bold skyscrapers that will enliven and dominate city skylines. USC Dornsife doctoral student Di Luo, who earned her master’s degree from USC School of Architecture in…

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…

An estimated 40 percent of all Chinese children in rural areas — as many as 60 million — are left behind. Photo by Blazej Mrozinski.

Children and Adversity

September 10, 2015

Making a plan can mean the difference in overcoming a difficult childhood, while just thinking about those difficulties can drag down the child. A set of four new studies from researchers at USC and Southwest University in…

On the Banks of the Yalu River

On the Banks of the Yalu River

June 1, 2015

Two years ago, I stood on the easternmost section of China’s Great Wall looking across a narrow sliver of the Yalu River. There it was: North Korea — an empty landscape of white-capped mountains and snow-covered…

China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television limits the number of foreign films shown each year in the country to 34. Fourteen of these must be either IMAX or 3-D. Illustrations by Justin Renteria for <em>USC Dornsife Magazine</em>.

Wild for Movies

June 1, 2015

Marketing rule No. 1: When trying to make a buck, don’t alienate one of your largest audiences. Case in point, in 2012, when MGM planned a remake of the 1984 Cold War film Red Dawn, in which a midwestern town is invaded…

Keith Pluymers and Zhe Zhang have both secured postdoctoral positions for the Fall. Pluymers is bound for the California Institute of Technology, and Zhang will further her research at the Weill Cornell Medical College. Photos by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

Guided by ‘What If?’

May 13, 2015

Doctoral researchers Keith Pluymers and Zhe Zhang followed very different paths to USC Dornsife — however, their motivations were essentially the same. As children, both dared to imagine that they could make a…

Meet three USC Dornsife graduating seniors: Shea Livingston, Karen Arcos and Thomas Armstrong.

Three of the Best

May 13, 2015

Shea Livingston After Shea Livingston’s grandfather died in 2010, she and her mother were sorting through his papers when they found an extraordinary document: a leather-bound graduation program embossed with the words…