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Speaker Tom Saenz, president and general counsel for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, moderator Ange-Marie Hancock, associate professor of political science and co-director of the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration based in USC College (left); with panelists Pablo Alvarado, executive director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network; Tammy Bang Luu of the Labor/Community Strategy Center and Bus Riders Union; and Niels Frenzen, clinical professor of law in USC Gould School of Law, at the event. Photo credit Jacqueline Agnello.

Looking Beyond Arizona

September 30, 2010

We know that on July 28, 2010, Federal District Court Judge Susan Bolton blocked key sections of Arizona's immigration law SB 1070 from taking effect. But why did it take so long for the federal government to step up? During…

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…

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…

Dan Schnur, director of the College’s Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, along with Department of Political Science chair Ann Crigler and Professor of Political Science Jane Junn, will coordinate the on-campus aspects of the poll. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

California's Best Years Have Passed, Voters Say

November 8, 2009

Frustrated at California's woes, voters are sharply pessimistic about whether the next governor will be able to move the state in the right direction, and most believe California is in the midst of a long-term decline, a new…

USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Times Join Forces in New California State Poll

USC College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Times Join Forces in New California State Poll

November 4, 2009

The Los Angeles Times and the University of Southern California College of Letters, Arts & Sciences today announced they will jointly sponsor a series of six statewide public opinion polls beginning November 8, 2009, and…

The Power of Attorney

The Power of Attorney

August 14, 2009

A hushed gallery watches as the defense attorney, dapper in a navy pants suit and rectangular glasses, gestures dramatically with her hands. "Events will show that the two exchanged heated words," says Lisa Cui, pacing the…