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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…

Art Auerbach of political science introduces the USC Dornsife students who will present representatives of the advocacy coalition Parks Now with findings from their research on millennials and public parks. Photo by Michelle Boston.

Students find solutions for policy challenges

December 16, 2015

“How do millennials engage with parks and green spaces? And, how can we incentivize them to support park policy measures? We seek to answer those questions.” Liz Schaeffer, a senior studying political science and…

Eighty young women from Los Angeles-area high schools attended the annual Young Women’s Political and Civic Leadership Conference on Oct. 31 at USC. Photos by Erika Maldonado.

Women as Leaders

November 6, 2015

If current poll results are any indication, Hillary Clinton is likely to become the first woman president of the United States. This despite a dearth of women politicians — they represent less than 20 percent of…

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.…

President Obama’s State of the Union speech is shown on the big screen in the lobby of Wallis Annenberg Hall on Jan. 20. Photos by David Medzerian.

State of the Union on Campus

January 21, 2015

Students and faculty gathered in the lobby of Wallis Annenberg Hall on Tuesday night to watch President Barack Obama speak on issues from middle-class economics to terrorism, ending on this note: “My fellow Americans,…

Sen. Barbara Boxer announced Jan. 8, 2015, that she will not seek re-election in 2016. (Official portrait.)

Times They are A-Changin’

January 9, 2015

Sen. Barbara Boxer’s recent announcement that she will not seek re-election in 2016 gives California voters the opportunity for change they say they want. According to the most recent USC Dornsife/Los Angeles Times…

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland will mentor students and provide political analysis at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics housed in USC Dornsife.

Legislator-in-Residence

September 3, 2014

Outgoing California State Sen. Mark Wyland (R-Escondido) has joined the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at USC Dornsife as a legislator-in-residence. He replaces former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark). Joining…

As visiting fellows in USC Dornsife, former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena), left, and former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) will lend their expertise regarding politics and public policy. Photo of Portantino courtesy of Portantino. Photo of Strickland courtesy of Strickland.

Visiting Fellows

March 1, 2013

Former State Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Moorpark) and former State Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-Pasadena) have joined the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics in USC Dornsife as visiting fellows and student mentors. Over…

USC Dornsife's Dan Schnur (far right); Roberto Suro (far left), and Raphael Bostic are panelists at the semester's first "Road to the White House" discussion in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. Photo by Dierdre Flanagan.

Road to the White House

September 12, 2012

With just two months left in the campaign for the Oval Office, USC’s top experts in politics, media and policy recently came together to turn their crystal ball to the November election. The Sept. 5 event continued the…

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Visits Political Science Class

A Lesson in Leadership from the Mayor

January 30, 2012

The 18 students in “Case Studies in Modern Leadership” sat with rapt attention listening to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa as he shared his philosophy for overcoming adversity — a challenge he…