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Viet Thanh Nguyen garnered a prestigious 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction with his debut novel ‘The Sympathizer.’ Photo by Matt Meindl.

USC Dornsife’s Viet Thanh Nguyen wins Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

April 18, 2016

The 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, one of America’s most prestigious literary honors, has been awarded to Viet Thanh Nguyen, associate professor of English and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife. Nguyen won…

USC Dornsife student Stephanie Brito, a senior majoring in biological sciences and winner of the John R. Hubbard Award, speaks at the USC Latino Alumni Association gala on March 4. Photo by Ron Murray/ImageActive Photography.

USC Latino Alumni Association honors USC Dornsife first-generation students

March 18, 2016

Over the past 42 years, the USC Latino Alumni Association has helped more than 8,000 Latino students fulfill their dreams of a USC education, awarding more than $15 million in scholarships. The story of Stephanie Ashley…

East L.A. shopkeeper and Christian Syrian immigrant Mansur Nahra (seated), serving as best man at the 1929 wedding of his employee, Isidoro. Photo courtesy of Vera Tamoush.

Middle East expert finds Syrian Americans comprise a rich multiplicity of identities

February 18, 2016

When Sarah Gualtieri interviewed Vera Tamoush, the daughter of Syrian Christian immigrants to Los Angeles, Tamoush described her father, Mansur Nahra, as Mexican. How, asked Gualtieri, associate professor of American…

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.…

Josh Kun and his team weave together the threads of culinary history in Los Angeles. Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Public Library Special Collections.

What Menus Can Tell Us About Our City

June 25, 2015

Menus are ostensibly utilitarian objects, enabling patrons to figure out what dishes are available at a restaurant. But in his latest book, To Live and Dine in L.A.: Menus and the Making of a Modern City, author, curator and…

Viet Thanh Nguyen escaped Saigon with his family in 1975, arriving in the U.S. when he was four years old. Photo by Matt Meindl.

Voices from Vietnam

April 14, 2015

It is April 1975, and Saigon is in chaos. At his villa, a South Vietnamese army general is drinking whiskey and, with the help of his captain, drawing up a list of those who will be given passage aboard the last flights out of…

Manuel Pastor (seated) is presented with a chair bearing the university seal. From left: Michael Quick, interim provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Patricia and Gerald Turpanjian, the chair’s donors; and Steve Kay, dean of USC Dornsife. Photos by Steve Cohn.

The People’s Academic

February 9, 2015

At a ceremony honoring his installation as the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change, Professor Manuel Pastor made three pledges for how he will serve the USC — and greater Los…

María Elena Martínez-López will be remembered for her scholarship, devotion to students, family and friends, and her wisdom and warmth.  Photo by Pamela J. Johnson.

In Memoriam: María Elena Martínez-López, 47

November 20, 2014

María Elena Martínez-López, associate professor of history and American studies and ethnicity at USC Dornsife and a leading scholar of colonial Latin America has died. She was…

USC Dornsife professor Manuel Pastor (from left), talk show host Tavis Smiley; Maria Brenes, executive director of Inner City Struggle; and Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, participated in Smiley's kickoff for a four-year initiative to address poverty in America. Photograph by Zon D'Amour.

Pastor Speaks on Poverty

July 3, 2014

Sharing bleak statistics during a recent kickoff for Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Ending Poverty initiative, professor Manuel Pastor pointed to the need to raise the public’s awareness about the high poverty levels in…

George Sanchez of history, and American studies and ethnicity, and vice dean of diversity, has been named president-elect of the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association starting Fall 2014. Photo by Mira Zimet.

Sanchez Selected AHA-PCB President

June 24, 2014

A forthcoming book by George Sanchez, professor of history, and American studies and ethnicity, and vice dean for diversity and strategic initiatives at USC Dornsife, will focus on racial interactions in the Boyle Heights…