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The Transgender Moment?

May 26, 2016

It’s a moment that most of us experience several times a day. And when we’re in public, most of us proceed almost without thinking to the nearest door bearing our corresponding gender signifier, the all-familiar…

Ange-Marie Hancock of political science, gender studies and sociology has written a new book on intersectionality, which looks at the relationship between power and race, gender, class and sexuality.

To better understand how society works, take a closer look at the intersections

February 26, 2016

The United States, though led by an African American president, has witnessed the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement. In Scandinavia, largely a progressive, socially oriented and egalitarian region, violence against women…

Bill Carrick, Fred Davis and Todd Purdum (left to right) participate in an event titled “The Day After: What Happens Post New Hampshire” as part of the USC Dornsife Department of Political Science’s Political Conversations series. Photo by Yaminah McKessey.

Why are non-establishment presidential candidates triumphing in early primaries?

February 16, 2016

Months before voters turned out en force to show support for Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump in the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday, Fred Davis received a call from his 89-year-old mother. She wanted to know from her son, a…

Frontline Scholar: Austin

Frontline Scholar: Austin

January 19, 2016

This first video in our Frontline Scholars series profiles Austin Reagan ’16, a double major in environmental studies and political science. Building on a family tradition of global consciousness and the opportunities…

According to political experts, clicking “like” and signing online petitions will not supplant showing up in efforts to address issues such as gay rights and gun control.

Is the Internet fueling social change or giving license to engage in lazy activism?

December 22, 2015

In 2011, political uprisings were rampant throughout the world — from the Arab Spring that started in Tunisia and swept through more than 15 other Arab countries — to Occupy Wall Street protesters huddled in New…

During a 27-year career at USC Dornsife, Professor Emeritus of International Relations Abraham Lowenthal combined his academic career with institution building.

Learning from Experience

October 20, 2015

“A transition from authoritarian rule requires every group to understand that it cannot demand everything it wants. That is a transition: talking with those who think differently, even if they have been…

Freshman Laura Marano has chosen to study philosophy, politics and law thanks to her abiding interest in politics. Photo courtesy of EMEA Talent.

The Clark Kent Effect

October 15, 2015

Raising your hand and speaking up in an enormous classroom can be rather intimidating to many of us. So it’s reassuring to know that this can also be true for people who are very used to being in the spotlight. Film and…

Gridlock Solvers

Gridlock Solvers

October 8, 2015

It probably does not come as a major shock that results of a USC Dornsife/California Community Foundation/Los Angeles Times poll released Oct. 7 reveal traffic and congestion to be the point of greatest concern among L.A.…

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.…

Alumna Penny Abeywardena is the liaison between New York City and its diplomatic community, which is the largest in the world. Photographs courtesy of Penny Abeywardena.

Conquering the Big Apple

August 19, 2015

Shortly after alumna Penny Abeywardena was appointed Commissioner for International Affairs by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio in September 2014, she attended a dinner with renowned women’s rights activist Dorothy…