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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…

“Figueroa Spectres, 1935-1997,” a photo montage by Philip J. Ethington.

Ghost Stories

July 30, 2015

For Philip J. Ethington, it’s been more séance than research — this long journey back to raise old ghosts and their attendant stories. Ethington, professor of history and political science at USC Dornsife,…

Associate Professor of Political Science Jeb Barnes. Photo by Peter Zhaoyu Zhou.

How Policy Shapes Politics

July 21, 2015

Jeb Barnes, associate professor of political science, recently co-authored How Policy Shapes Politics: Rights, Courts, Litigation, and the Struggle Over Injury Compensation. The book delves into the nation’s increasing…

Students in the Maymester “How Washington Works — And Doesn’t” sat down with political strategist Donna Brazile (center), vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. Photo courtesy of Ben Cohn.

All-Access Politics

July 13, 2015

Nathaniel Haas remembers when he was on his high school debate team arguing about what caused the 2008 financial crisis. “I spoke about the Federal Reserve, and what it was like under Alan Greenspan’s leadership…

Alumna Petra Flannery was named Hollywood’s top stylist in 2015 by <em>The Hollywood Reporter</em>. Photos courtesy of Petra Flannery.

Calculating Fashion Risks

July 10, 2015

Always on the edge of glamour and intense pressure, creativity and fastidious organization, risk and discipline, Petra Flannery ’95 is the stylist for celebrities such as Emma Stone, Zoe Saldana and Amy Adams — to…

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…