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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…

USC College’s Kevin Starr has won the 2009 <em>Los Angeles Times</em> Book Prize in history for <em>Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950–1963</em>.

Kevin Starr Awarded Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History

April 30, 2010

Kevin Starr, University Professor and professor of history in USC College, has won the 2009 Los Angeles Times Book Prize in history for his book Golden Dreams: California in an Age of Abundance 1950-1963. Published in 2009 by…

Abe Lowenthal, the Robert F. Erburu Professor of Ethics, Globalization and Development and professor of international relations in USC College, will receive the World Trade Week 2010 Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonnette.

Abe Lowenthal Wins 2010 Stanley T. Olafson Award

April 19, 2010

Abe Lowenthal, a renowned expert on United States foreign policy, has been chosen to receive the World Trade Week 2010 Stanley T. Olafson Bronze Plaque Award to recognize his accomplishments in international trade. Presented…

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…

Kristen Cavinder during the Miss America pageant's gown competition. The USC College alumna was a member of the Sigma Alpha Lambda service and honor society. Photo credit Zimbio, Inc.

From Ball Gown to Lab Coat

February 16, 2010

At first glance, Kristen "Kristy" Cavinder '09 may appear to be your typical pageant queen. At 21, the Orange County native has a radiant smile, fluid grace, and the natural confidence of someone who knows that others are…

Historian & Author Extraordinaire

Historian and Author Extraordinaire

January 27, 2010

Back in Widener Library at Harvard University during the late ’60s, an American historiographer was born. University Professor and Professor of History in USC College, Kevin Starr researched and wrote five chapters for…

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…

Sergio Sañudo-Wilhelmy, left, and Douglas Capone received a National Science Foundation grant to study the nutrient cycle of three lakes in California and Nevada. Photo credit Taylor Foust.

Lake Research That Isn't All Wet

October 2, 2009

The federal government may not have been able to save California from massive budget cuts, but at least a stimulus research grant will help scientists understand the biology of western lakes. USC College biologists Douglas…