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USC Dornsife Professor of History and Accounting Jacob Soll (left) and Nathan Perl-Rosenthal, assistant professor of history, are approaching their research in innovative ways. Soll photo by Geraldine Bruneel, Paris. Perl-Rosenthal photo by Ben Pack.

New Stars of Yore

January 22, 2013

One of the top-20 history departments in the nation just got stronger. USC Dornsife’s Department of History has recruited MacArthur Fellow Jacob Soll from Rutgers University, who is using his innovative talents to…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC Dornsife, has been named a "Woman of Influence" by Mount Holyoke College. Her recent novels, <em>A Discovery of Witches</em> and <em>Shadow of Night</em>, are <em>New York Times</em> bestsellers. Photo by Vania Stoyanova.

An Influential Woman

October 23, 2012

Deborah Harkness remembers the “ah-ha” moment that set her off on her intellectual journey. She was an undergraduate Renaissance studies major at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass., when one day in class…

The Arch of Sorrow marking the entrance to the museum built on the site of The Akmolinsk Camp for the Wives of the Traitors of the Fatherland (ALZHIR). Photo by Azade-Ayse Rorlich.

Steppes Ahead

October 1, 2012

Descending from the upholstered comfort of their van into the vast, windswept steppe of Northern Kazakhstan, six USC Dornsife students gazed about them at an abandoned guard tower and the futuristic-looking Arch of Sorrow…

A leader in the field of women's studies and history, USC Dornsife's Lois Banner has written a new book breaking stereotypes that have haunted Marilyn Monroe since her death at age 36 a half century ago. Banner photo by Roger Snider.

The 50-Year Itch

August 1, 2012

Marilyn Monroe’s biographers haven’t always been kind. Since she was found dead in her Brentwood, Calif., home on Aug. 5, a half-century ago, she’s been portrayed anywhere from bimbo and victim to tempestuous…

Troy Polamalu, Pittsburgh Steelers strong safety, made good on a promise to return to USC Dornsife and finish his studies toward a bachelor's degree in history. Photo by Duane Ryder.

Steely Determination

July 30, 2012

When Troy Polamalu left Los Angeles to join the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2003, he vowed to return and complete his college education. On May 13, 2011, he traded in his black and gold Steelers helmet and jersey for a black…

Rosina Lozano, who earned a Ph.D. in history in 2011 and Vlad Vicol, who received a Ph.D. in mathematics in 2010, both in USC Dornsife, were hired onto the faculty at Princeton University. Lozano photo by Nick Vossbrink. Vicol photo courtesy of Vlad Vicol.

On the Tenure Track

July 30, 2012

Vlad Vicol who earned a Ph.D. in mathematics in 2010 and Rosina Lozano who received a Ph.D. in history in 2011, both in USC Dornsife, have been appointed assistant professors at Princeton University. Lozano, who came to USC…

A vehicular accident after his freshman year at USC impacted Bob Padgett’s life in ways he could not have expected. The event helped the emergency room physician discover his passion for medicine and desire to help others. Photo by Max S. Gerber.

An Accident with Purpose

June 25, 2012

On a bright day in 1964, Bob Padgett drove a company Ford van down two-lane Highway 4 from Hayward, Calif., to a construction site in Pittsburg, a 43-mile trip, and rounded the top of a small hill. Without any warning signage…

The Middle East: Choose Your Lens

The Middle East: Choose Your Lens

April 25, 2012

The Middle East cuts a wide swath: it contains a number of countries, a multitude of languages, cultures and customs, and thousands of years of history. Interests and conflicts resonate on a global scale, such as the…

Kelly Purvis ’82 and Jeffrey Smulyan ’69 were presented with Alumni Service Awards at the 79th Annual USC Alumni Awards on April 28. Purvis photo courtesy of Kelly Purvis. Smulyan photo by Emmis Communications.

Dedication Defined

April 24, 2012

Two USC Dornsife graduates have been honored with Alumni Service Awards for their longtime volunteer efforts on behalf of USC. Kelly Purvis ’82 and Jeffrey Smulyan ’69 were presented with their awards at the 79th…

Using the comparanda and paint analyses, Dixon has been able to narrow down one possible identity for the figurine: Hadrian, one of Rome's first emperors to wear a beard.

The Smiting King

April 22, 2012

    Student researcher: Grant Dixon Major: Archaeology Minor: Digital studies Year: Sophomore Student funding source: Student Opportunities for Academic Research…