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Nicky Sa-Eun Schildkraut, a Ph.D. student in literature and creative writing in USC Dornsife, reads from her   first book, Magnetic Refrain, during the Kaya Press launch party. The poetry collection will be published in September 2012 by the leading independent press of Asian American literature in the United States, Kaya Press, which is housed in USC Dornsife’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE). Photo by Ambrosia Brody.

Kaya Press Moves from New York to USC Dornsife

February 21, 2012

In her first book, Magnetic Refrain, Nicky Sa-Eun Schildkraut, a Ph.D. student in literature and creative writing in USC Dornsife, frames her poetry collection around themes of loss and waves of diasporic flight as a result of…

"We want undergraduates, graduates and colleagues not to take their visual surroundings for granted. And to think intelligently and questioningly about what use we make of images. And, in a sense, the use that images make of us." - Kate Flint, Provost Professor of English and Art History, leader of the USC Dornsife 2020 research cluster “Seeing 20/20: The USC Visual Studies Research Institute.”

The Future...Not What It Used to Be

January 31, 2012

A New American Narrative The year is 2042. If you are white and living in the United States, you are a minority, according to Census Bureau projections. “By 2042, the U.S. is going to look completely different in terms…

Illustration by Joel Kimmel

First-Year Investigations: Katherine Montgomery

November 3, 2011

Katherine Montgomery Montclair, New Jersey Creative Writing A woman walking briskly down the street. A man donning a fedora. These uncomplicated sights inspire Katherine Montgomery in her fiction writing. Montgomery realized…

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez has been recognized as one of the White House's Champions of Change for his work to improve education for minorities. The double major in political science and American studies and ethnicity traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate in a roundtable discussion on Sept. 16. Photo courtesy of David Horacio Hernandez.

Champion of Change

November 2, 2011

USC Dornsife junior David Horacio Hernandez couldn’t believe what he was reading. Poor grammar and misplaced punctuation signaled a hastily written essay. A first-generation transfer student from Santa Monica City…

The technology most used worldwide including developing areas is the mobile phone, Ramesh Srinivasan, an information studies expert tells scholars at the summer institute co-organized by USC Dornsife’s Department of American Studies and Ethnicity. Photos by Pamela J. Johnson.

Race and Cyberspace

August 10, 2011

The screen image showed a sādhu — or wandering monk — in India using a large mobile phone, and a fisherman who lives in a hut on a beach near Nagapattinam, India, talking on his cell. Once found only in niche…

Maytha Alhassen, a doctoral candidate in USC Dornsife's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity, focuses on African-American and Arab relations.

USC Fellow to Host Al Jazeera Program

July 8, 2011

Maytha Alhassen, a member of the Provost's Ph.D. Fellowship Program, will interrupt her travels across North Africa and the Middle East to host Al Jazeera’s The Stream, a live TV program covering current events through…

USC College doctoral candidate Adam Bush received the the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award from the  Association of American Colleges and Universities. Photo courtesy of Adam Bush.

Focused on Education Reform

March 2, 2011

Adam Bush, a USC College doctoral candidate in American studies and ethnicity (ASE), has been recognized by the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) with the K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders…

America in Japan

Taking the Emperor's Reign

November 1, 2010

On the Tokyo subway trains passengers were packed in like Pringles. Each train typically had a designated “pusher” whose job was literally to shove people inside so the doors could shut. On the streets, people…

Photo credit Joseph Voves.

Our Future Is in Their Hands

November 1, 2010

Manuel Pastor calls it the “game-changer.” In Los Angeles County, one-third of the residents are immigrants, nearly half the workforce is foreign-born, two-thirds of children have at least one immigrant parent, and…

While many disaster studies document recovery over the course of a single year, Andrew Curtis of American studies and ethnicity and his team use spatial video to capture how long the rebuilding process can take. Curtis' video stills from a street corner in Holy Cross, one of the New Orleans neighborhoods hit hardest by Hurricane Katrina in 2005, show how one house’s reconstruction took five years to begin. Images courtesy of Andrew Curtis.

Keeping a Promise

November 1, 2010

Andrew Curtis is a man of his word. When he left Louisiana, friends asked point blank if he was going to desert them. “USC offered me a position in 2006, but I delayed a year to continue my post-Katrina disaster…