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President Barack Obama speaks to the crowd during his Oct. 22 visit to campus. Micah Scheindlin is in the middle row on the left. Photo by Erik Peterson.

Ba-rocking the Youth Vote

October 22, 2010

Wearing his USC sweatshirt in the pre-dawn drizzle, Micah Scheindlin was working on three hours sleep and a cereal bar. The USC College senior was among hundreds of students volunteering for the rally on campus Friday attended…

Retired senator and legal expert Kevin Murray has been appointed USC College Politician-in-Residence. Photo courtesy of Kevin Murry.

Sen. Kevin Murray Appointed USC College Politician-in-Residence

October 11, 2010

Like executive heavyweights Michael Eisner and David Geffen, retired Senator Kevin Murray started his impressive career in the William Morris Agency's mailroom in Beverly Hills. Rising to become senior vice president, he…

Governor's Race: September 2010 Poll Results

Jerry Brown Has Slight Edge Over Meg Whitman, Buoyed by Support Among Latino Voters

September 29, 2010

Jerry Brown has a double-digit advantage over Meg Whitman among likely Latino voters, contributing to a slight overall lead in California's closely contested race for governor, according to the latest results from the USC…

Latino Voters: September 2010 Poll Results

Latino Voters Give Democratic Candidates Their Edge

September 29, 2010

Latino voters in California are leaning heavily toward Democratic candidates, but appear to be more supportive of Barbara Boxer than Jerry Brown, according to results from the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences/Los…

Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and Chairman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission. Photo credit Sam Lim.

Governor Schwarzenegger Appoints Dan Schnur Chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission

June 1, 2010

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced the appointment of Dan Schnur, director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, as Chairman of California's Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC). The commission, a…

Key Issue: Illegal Immigration

Immigration Law Divides California Voters

June 1, 2010

Arizona's controversial new immigration law has California's voters divided by age, ethnicity and gender, according to the findings of the latest USC College/Los Angeles Times Poll. In addition, the disastrous oil spill in…

Californians Polled on Social Issues and Governor and Senate Races

Californians Polled on Social Issues and Governor and Senate Races

April 5, 2010

New poll results reveal important shifts in public attitudes toward illegal immigrants in California, a bellwether state for the debate over immigration policy. In a departure from voter attitudes in the past, Californian…

At USC, Mathew McCubbins will head an effort to create a new Ph.D. program that involves political economy, economics, law, and cognitive and computational science.

USC Taps Leading Interdisciplinary Scholar

December 9, 2009

USC has recruited Mathew D. McCubbins, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary scholar at the University of California, San Diego, to join the faculty in January as a Provost Professor. McCubbins will share appointments at…

Dan Schnur, director of the College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, and a member of the USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences/Los Angeles Times statewide public opinion poll team. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

Golden State: Yes, No or Maybe?

November 9, 2009

Sometimes it's better to light a candle; sometimes it feels better to curse the darkness. But California voters seem to be willing to simply sit in the dark -- with neither curses nor candles -- increasingly convinced that the…

Mary Sarotte, professor of international relations in USC College, spoke about her new book, <em>1989: The Struggle to Create Post-War Europe</em>, at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. in October. Photo courtesy of the Wilson Center.

The Fall of the Wall and Its Legacy

November 9, 2009

Released on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, USC College's Mary Sarotte's new book examines a year that forever transformed international relations -- 1989. In 1989: The Struggle to Create Post-Cold War…