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USC Dornsife alumna Parita Shah, vice president at APCO Worldwide, credits her parents for her passion for politics and public service. During the course of her career, she has worked for Bill Clinton, Barack Obama and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, among others. Last fall, she spent two months in Beijing as the senior adviser to the newly appointed U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke. Photo courtesy of Parita Shah.

A Dream Realized

June 11, 2012

Parita Shah was a freshman in high school when then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton announced in 1991 he would run for president. Shah, whose parents emigrated from India, monitored the presidential race closely on 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…

USC Dornsife's Abe Lowenthal recently interviewed Ecuador President Rafael Correa in Quito, part of Lowenthal's research for his forthcoming book with a working title, <em>Rethinking U.S.-Latin American Relations</em>. Photo courtesy of President Correa's office.

U.S. 'Historically Antagonistic' to Progressive Change in Latin America, Ecuador Chief Says

April 7, 2011

With one book just out and another expected next year about United States-Latin America relations, Abe Lowenthal has spent the past four years interviewing leaders of diverse perspectives south of the border. The professor of…

It Ought to be a Law

At the Forefront of Change

March 21, 2011

Swapping jeans and graphic T-shirts for suits and ties, 21 USC Dornsife students ascended the steps of the California State Capitol. After months preparing for the final presentation, students in the freshman seminar “It…

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…

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…

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…