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Gang Therapy

Gang Therapy

November 1, 2010

Caitlin Smith enters the Los Angeles home of 19-year-old gang member Edgar*. She has a plan of action and a stack of job applications. That day, they are going to fill out the applications together and drop them off at local…

USC College alumna Wendy Cheng's dissertation involving regional race formation in the San Gabriel Valley won the Department of American Studies and Ethnicity's second Ralph Henry Gabriel Prize in four years. Photo credit Jake Peters.

Place, Space and Race

October 28, 2010

Within the 287 pages of USC College alumna Wendy Cheng's award-winning dissertation are snippets from interviews she conducted with 64 residents in four "majority-minority" multi-ethnic suburbs in the San Gabriel Valley. The…

Indigenous woman in Cusco, Peru, who appears in the PBS documentary <em>When Worlds Collide</em>. Photo credit Mitchell Wilson.

When Worlds Collide

September 22, 2010

What is the legacy of Spanish colonialism in the Americas and how does it still affect Latin America and Latinos in the United States today? This question is raised in the upcoming PBS documentary When Worlds Collide: The…

USC students, faculty and staff taking part in a summer immersion program in Los Angeles and Japan are blogging about their transnational experiences.

Take a Trip of the Vicarious Kind

June 16, 2010

For the first time in USC College history, a transnational American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE) course is being conducted in Japan as well as in Los Angeles -- and you're officially invited to hitch a ride during their…

David Román, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, in USC College (left) and his undergraduate Zachary Wolf co-wrote a major performance review for <em>Theatre Journal</em>, as part of a Summer Undergraduate Research Fund (SURF) endeavor. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Surfs Up on Broadway

April 29, 2010

Zachary Wolf, an English senior in USC College, knows his professor's research well because it is also his own. Wolf and David Roman, professor of English and American studies and ethnicity, collaborated on and wrote the lead…

<em>American Quarterly</em>'s September 2008 Special Issue on migration earned a top award by a national organization of editors of scholarly journals. <em>American Quarterly</em> is headquartered in USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity.

After Ellis Island

January 11, 2010

Mexicans seeking U.S. citizenship often view the interview process as arbitrary, and say Latino officers who administer the tests are usually the toughest, USC College Ph.D. student Adrian Felix wrote in an essay. Felix's…

María Elena Martínez’s book, which traces the purity of blood concept from 15th century Spain to the New World, has won two major awards from the American Historical Association. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

Tracing the Roots of Discrimination

January 6, 2010

Maria Elena Martinez's book, Genealogical Fictions: Limpieza de Sangre, Religion, and Gender in Colonial Mexico (Stanford University Press, 2008), the first in-depth study of the purity of blood concept and repercussions, has…

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education Inc. selected George Sanchez as the outstanding Latino/a faculty in higher education research institutions. “I am deeply honored,” he said. Photo credit Alexandra Bissonette.

Higher Education Group Honors Sanchez

October 29, 2009

George Sanchez, director of diversity and professor of American studies and ethnicity and history at USC College, has been selected as the outstanding Latino/a faculty in higher education research institutions by the American…

Robin D. G. Kelley, professor of American studies and ethnicity, and history, spent 14 years researching and writing his new biography of legendary jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Photo credit LisaGay Hamilton.

No Myths, Just Monk: The Story of a Musical Legend

October 27, 2009

Every day for almost a year, Robin D. G. Kelley dug through junk to find a man. In a storage facility stacked to the ceiling with overflowing bags and boxes, Kelley donned a dust mask and spent hours sorting through the…

John Carlos Rowe, USC Associates Chair in Humanities, is chair of USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE). The department uses civic engagement to create scholarship and societal change, Rowe said. Photo credit Kristin Rowe.

Appending the Rules of (Civic) Engagement

July 27, 2009

Lady Bird Johnson said the clash of ideas is the sound of freedom. For USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity (ASE), diverse ideas are also the gateway to research and scholarship that can create societal…