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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…

By examining whole genome sequencing data of living Europeans in more than 40 populations, USC Dornsife’s Peter Ralph has found that the genetics of all human beings are linked more closely than previously believed. Photo by Susan Bell.

We Are Family

August 7, 2013

New research by Peter Ralph of USC Dornsife has confirmed that everyone on Earth is related to everyone else on the planet. So the Trojan Family is not just a metaphor. Turns out, we’re also linked by genetics more…

USC Dornsife alumnus Paul Ignatius (right) is congratulated by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus during the Washington, D.C., ceremony celebrating the naming of the future <em>USS Paul Ignatius</em>. U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani.

A Name With Firepower

July 17, 2013

Paul Ignatius did not originally set out for a Navy career. In his youth, he dreamed of a profession in the arts — acting, writing or directing films. So it must have been kismet when, sitting in the Doheny Memorial…

A modern, electric city is born: a 1958 image of Los Angeles at night. Photo by Joseph Fadler, courtesy Huntington Library, San Marino.

Electric City

May 23, 2013

A towering electricity pylon dominates a moody black-and-white nightscape of 1950s Los Angeles. Silhouetted center stage, it straddles the landscape, its looping power cables carving up the artificially illuminated sky. At…

The Fulbright Scholarship was established to increase the mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. USC Dornsife students and alumni who are 2013-14 Fulbright Scholars will study and teach throughout the world. Clockwise from top left is Joshua Rivkin, Italy; Travis Glynn, India; Megan Rilkoff, Laos; Andrew Ju, South Korea; Jonathan Truong, Vietnam; Molly Levine, Thailand; Jasneet Aulakh, India; Ana Lee, Portugal; Juan Espinoza, Mexico; and Abhishek Verma, Switzerland.

The Fabulous Fulbrights

May 10, 2013

Ten exceptional USC Dornsife students have been selected for the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship, which awards them for academic achievement and commitment to cultural engagement. USC has been recognized as one of the top 40…

Priscilla Leiva, Ph.D. student in American studies and ethnicity, is exploring the role sports stadiums play in creating civic identity, as well as their interaction with their surrounding communities of color. Here, Leiva stands at a window overlooking downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Michelle Salzman.

Homing in on a Ph.D.

May 9, 2013

Imagine a day at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles: The checkered pattern of freshly cut grass outlines the red-brown dirt that makes up the baseball diamond. As you settle in for the game, you tear open a bag of salty, shelled…

Peter La Chapelle ’02 takes a cue from Woody Guthrie and finds his own way to persevere.

In My Opinion

May 7, 2013

Most historians start off not with a rich vein of sources, but with some basic information and a hunch. That is where historical imagination makes its entrance. R.G. Collingwood’s turn of phrase “historical…

Historian Deborah Harkness breathes life into the mysteries of the past by embroidering fiction onto gaps in the historical record. At the centerpiece of her <em>All Souls Trilogy</em> of books is the perplexing, real-life manuscript Ashmole 782, originally donated to the Bodleian Library at Oxford University in 1858. Photo by John Livzey.

The Dark of Harkness

May 7, 2013

Deborah Harkness believes the pages of centuries-old manuscripts are enchanted. Like clues to a mystery, they hold the key to unraveling the chronology, ambitions, failures and successes of those who lived before us. And…