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Senior Lucy Tew, holding her American Girl doll Kirsten, took the initiative and landed an internship with the international American Girl doll company, which informed her senior capstone project. Photo by Erica Christianson.

She’s an American Girl

March 3, 2014

On Christmas Day, 6-year-old Lucy Tew opened a gift from her grandfather and discovered a doll — a young pioneer girl from the mid-1800s named Kirsten. This wasn’t just any doll, but an American Girl. Instantly…

Hailing from China, history major Songyu Zhu is an aspiring writer and teacher who mentors elementary school students through USC Dornsife’s Joint Educational Project and preschoolers through USC's Jumpstart program. Photo by Michelle Boston.

From China to L.A.

January 28, 2014

The first time USC Dornsife senior Songyu Zhu visited her history student adviser Joseph Styles during her freshman year, she knew she was following the right path. “I still remember the red bricks of the Social…

University Professor Kevin Starr of USC Dornsife discusses George Washington's passion for the Western frontier. Photo by Tom Queally.

No Lie

January 22, 2014

George Washington had a lifelong relationship with the Western frontier that would be a continuing preoccupation throughout his adult life, said University Professor Kevin Starr at the recent George Washington Leadership…

Lois Banner, retiring professor of history and gender studies who wrote a book about Marilyn Monroe, holds up Monroe's favorite photo of herself by Cecil Beaton and an original oil painting belonging to Monroe by Parisian artist Poucette titled "La Toureau" (the Bull). Photo by Susan Andrews.

A Banner Day

January 16, 2014

As a young professor in the 1960s, Lois Banner was moved by history. She had no idea at the time that she would play such a vital part in it. With ambitions to push forward the nascent field of women’s history, she…

University Professor Leo Braudy spent his teen years nurtured by B-movies, comic books and rock 'n' roll. He writes about his experiences in 1950s Philadelphia in his new memoir <em>Trying to Be Cool</em>. Portrait by Philip Channing.

One Cool Cat

December 13, 2013

As a teenager growing up in 1950s Philadelphia, Leo Braudy’s free time revolved around hanging out with friends at the local soda shop, listening to rock ‘n’ roll, watching horror films and thinking about…

Sophomore William Orr in his “Law, Politics and Public Policy” course, which will go toward his major, the new interdisciplinary Law, History and Culture degree. A partnership between USC Dornsife and USC Gould School of Law, the major investigates justice, and the interplay of law, history and culture. Photos by Matt Meindl.

Law With Social Impact

December 12, 2013

“Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice, and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.” These insightful words, spoken…

The USC Korean Studies Institute

Explaining Korea to the World

November 27, 2013

USC Dornsife's Korean Studies Institute nurtures future generations of scholars through classes, programs and activities designed to increase interest in the East Asian territory and encourage a wider public discussion about…

Daniela Bleichmar, associate professor of art history and history at USC Dornsife, is the winner of the American Historical Association's 2013 Leo Gershoy Award for her book<em> Visible Empire</em>. Photo by Dietmar Quistorf.

A Picture’s Worth

November 11, 2013

Between 1777 and 1816, the Spanish crown funded five botanical expeditions to survey the flora of its immense imperial empire comprising much of the Americas, the Caribbean and the Philippines. At least 60 naturalists and…

USC Dornsife’s John Pollini (third from left) and some of his students at their excavation site in Ostia Antica, southwest of Rome, Italy. Photos courtesy of John Pollini.

They Dug Rome

November 7, 2013

Some 20 centuries ago, an ancient Roman was entombed in a mausoleum along the road leading to the sea. A countryside burial wasn’t unusual, since it was forbidden in Rome to bury bodies inside the city. What was odd is…

University Professor Kevin Starr of USC Dornsife speaks at Virginia's Mount Vernon about George Washington's plan to extend the Western frontier of the nation. Photo by Edward Graham.

Kevin Starr on George Washington

October 29, 2013

The country’s first president had a lifelong fascination with the West and was committed to making the then-uncharted Western territory a unifying part of America, said University Professor Kevin Starr of USC Dornsife as…