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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…

USC College alumni Gary Lee ‘07 and Emily Fetting ‘06 stand in front the West Wing of the White House. Lee works for President Barack Obama as a White House liaison. Photo courtesy of Gary Lee.

The Road to the White House

June 22, 2009

Gary Lee remembered vying for student body president during his senior year in USC College and losing. Lee, a political science major, took the loss to heart. He went to talk to his former professor, Howard Gillman, who…

Restaurant consultant and chef Debbie Lee, a former USC College student, will compete against nine other contestants on <em>The Next Food Network Star</em> to win her own culinary television series. Photo courtesy of Food Network.

Add Two Cultures and Stir

June 5, 2009

Pork barbecue, corn bread, black-eyed peas, fried green tomatoes — and Korean-style chicken and dumplings. When Southern soul food comes to mind, flavors of Eastern cuisine are not usually part of the picture. For…

In Memoriam: George O. Totten III, 86

In Memoriam: George O. Totten III, 86

March 4, 2009

George Oakley Totten III, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science in USC College, whose life’s research promoted peace in the Pacific Rim and worldwide, has died. He was 86. Oakley died of heart failure…

In Memoriam: C. Sylvester Whitaker

In Memoriam: C. Sylvester Whitaker

December 1, 2008

C. Sylvester Whitaker Jr., professor emeritus of political science and former dean of social sciences in USC College, has passed away. He was 73. He died in Waterville, Maine, on Nov. 29 following a struggle with…

America’s Next Top (Role) Model

America’s Next Top (Role) Model

October 1, 2008

When classical pianist Pauline Yang began performing in Europe, she noticed the audiences were filled with enthusiastic children and teens. Hoping to learn ways to bolster similar interest among United States' youths, she…