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USC Dornsife professor Manuel Pastor (from left), talk show host Tavis Smiley; Maria Brenes, executive director of Inner City Struggle; and Jonathan Fielding, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, participated in Smiley's kickoff for a four-year initiative to address poverty in America. Photograph by Zon D'Amour.

Pastor Speaks on Poverty

July 3, 2014

Sharing bleak statistics during a recent kickoff for Tavis Smiley Foundation’s Ending Poverty initiative, professor Manuel Pastor pointed to the need to raise the public’s awareness about the high poverty levels in…

USC tennis player Ray Sarmiento finishes his Trojan career with dual 2014 ITA All-American honors. Photo by John McGillen.

Powerhouse Tennis Players

June 10, 2014

The USC men and women’s tennis teams netted top honors for the 2014 season with three powerhouse players named as Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Americans. On the men’s team, doubles partners Ray…

Selfie-Esteem

May 5, 2014

In February 2014, USC opened a Census Research Data Center (RDC) on the University Park campus, a specialized venue where researchers can access non-public Census Bureau data.

Rare Access to Census Data

April 23, 2014

Seeking economic and demographic data for her sociology research, Rachelle Wang knows the value of restricted information from the U.S. Census Bureau. “Up-to-date quantitative and qualitative data is imperative for my…

In a recent Barbra Streisand Lecture, sociologist Eva Illouz said the interactive format E L James used to write <em>Fifty Shades of Grey</em> allowed her to incorporate readers’ feedback, including their own fantasies and desired plot twists. Photos by Erica Christianson.

Hard Core Self-Help

February 6, 2014

Anyone who claims not to have at least heard of E L James’ erotic trilogy Fifty Shades of Grey is either fibbing or has been living on a remote desert island with no Internet access for the past three years. The…

The 12-year-old inner-city child who took this photograph said it symbolized both a way out of life on the wrong side of the tracks and a life path choice between light and darkness. Photo courtesy of Elaine Kaplan.

Children of the Shadow & Light

September 11, 2013

If you look closely at the photographs, there is a reflection of hope. Clear examples are the images taken by USC Neighborhood Academic Initiative (NAI) students during the time they spent on the USC campus. Those photos show…

USC Dornsife alumna Lizette Salas watches her tee shot on the 16th hole during the first round of the HSBC Women's Champions at the Sentosa Golf Club on February 28, 2013 in Singapore, Southeast Asia. Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images.

On an Upswing

June 28, 2013

For Lizette Salas, it’s all about the follow through. After graduating from USC Dornsife in 2011, Salas became a professional golfer, competing on the Symetra Tour in seven tournaments. She then played in the U.S.…

Assistant Professor of Sociology Jennifer Hook arrived in Fall 2012. A Fulbright scholar, Hook coauthored Gendered Tradeoffs: Family, Social Policy and Economic Inequality in 21 Countries (Russell Sage, 2011). She focuses on how social contexts, particularly social policies and work opportunities, impact individuals and families. Illustration by Bill Sanderson.

Hire Purpose: Jennifer Hook

May 7, 2013

Jennifer Hook decided to compare fatherhood in various countries after reading a study that found fathers in Norway spend about the same amount of time with their children as do fathers in the United States. The study…

Male athletes far outnumbered female athletes at the Olympics last summer, according to a new research report co-authored by Michele Donnelly, a postdoctoral fellow in sociology. “The perceptions of equality that led to London being called ‘The Women’s Olympics’ by some commentators are inaccurate,” Donnelly said. Photo courtesy of Diamond Catcher.

Play Fair

April 11, 2013

Some hailed it as “The Women’s Olympics,” as the 2012 London Games marked the first time in history that all participating nations allowed women to compete. But a new study co-authored by USC…

Jewish businesses like Canter's Delicatessen line Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles. A population survey of the Jewish community in Southern California had not been conducted for 17 years, so USC Dornsife's Bruce Phillips led an effort to study the community. Photo by Alicia Di Rado.

Southland Jews Go Uncounted

February 22, 2013

How many Jews are there in Los Angeles? Hard to say, really: It’s been 17 years since anyone counted. That’s seven years longer than in Boston, New York, Seattle or Chicago, where the local Jewish Federations…