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This woman in her early 20s was trafficked into a blue jean sweatshop in Thailand, where she and others were locked in and made to work 20 hours a day, sleeping on the floor, with little to eat and no pay. She managed to escape and was brought to the government-run Baan Kredtrakarn shelter in Bangkok. After telling her story to the director, the police were informed and they raided the sweatshop, freeing 38 young women, ages 14 to 26. Photo by Kay Chernush for the U.S. State Department.

Prosecution to Empowerment

February 6, 2013

Emblematic of the shallow level of dialogue taking place concerning human trafficking is the “celebritization” of the global crisis, panelists said during a recent international conference organized by USC…

Macarena Gómez-Barris studies representations of politics and culture in the wake of Chile's dictatorship under Gen. Augusto Pinochet through the lens of memories. Photo by John Livzey.

Shadows & Symbols

January 9, 2013

At Villa Grimaldi in Santiago, Chile, the majority of buildings that stood on the grounds between 1974 and 1977 have been demolished. There are no known photographs or historical registers that capture what transpired during…

60-second-seminars: Jody Agius Vallejo

Barrios to Burbs

September 5, 2012

A timely new book by USC Dornsife sociologist Jody Agius Vallejo challenges the widespread assumption that Mexican Americans in the United States are persistently poor and uneducated, and do not achieve social and economic…

USC Dornsife's Michael Messner receives the 2012 Jessie Bernard Award from Judith Howard, professor and divisional dean of social sciences at the University of Washington's College of Arts & Sciences, during a ceremony in Denver, Colo. Photo courtesy of the American Sociological Association.

Messner Receives 2012 Jessie Bernard Award

August 21, 2012

Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies in USC Dornsife, is the first man to be honored with the Jessie Bernard Award, given in recognition of scholarly work that has broadened the horizons of sociology to…

Thomas J. Barrack Jr. began his real estate investment career as president of Dunn International Corp. He received a B.A. in sociology from USC Dornsife in 1969. Photo by Fabrice Malard.

USC Dornsife Alumnus Named University Trustee

June 28, 2012

Thomas J. Barrack Jr. ’69, founder, chairman and CEO of Los Angeles-based Colony Capital LLC, one of the world’s largest private equity real estate firms, was elected to the USC Board of Trustees on June…

Missionary Rudolf Fisch captured this photograph, part of the International Mission Photography Archive, in early 20th-century Ghana. Photo courtesy of the Basel Mission Image Archive.

USC Historical Photography Project Gets Boost from NEH

May 22, 2012

Since 2002, USC Dornsife’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture (CRCC) and the USC Libraries have partnered with archives around the world to digitize more than 82,000 historical photographs by Christian missionaries…

USC Dornsife alumnus Daniel Wu has been awarded <em>USA Today</em>’s All-USA College Academic Team scholarship for his civic engagement in Los Angeles. He was selected from a nationwide pool as a first team winner. Wu graduated with a bachelor’s in interdisciplinary studies in 2010. Photo by Laurie Moore.

Advocate for Equality

May 18, 2012

During his freshman year in USC Dornsife, Daniel Wu volunteered in South Central Los Angeles, where he listened to new immigrants talk about the difficulties they encountered attempting to find work and better housing. He…

Perfect Vision

Perfect Vision

April 22, 2012

At the Cold War’s dusk, history graduate Wolf Gruner swung a hammer at the Berlin Wall. For years, the East Berliner had been involved in a cultural underground movement against the communist regime. Now Gruner’s…

Rhacel Parreñas of sociology studies sex trafficking in Japan

Filipina Hostesses Forced Out of Work, USC Dornsife Professor Says

April 12, 2012

More than 70,000 women are being denied the opportunity to earn a decent wage because of rules created and enforced by the United States, according to USC Dornsife professor Rhacel Parreñas. The sociologist testified…

USC University Professor Manuel Castells is a scholar of sociology and communication. Photo by Maggie Smith.

Castells Honored With Prestigious Holberg Prize

April 2, 2012

Manuel Castells, a USC University Professor and the most cited communication scholar in the world, has been awarded Norway’s 2012 Holberg International Memorial Prize, a $775,000 accolade that recognizes outstanding…