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Michael Messner, professor of sociology and gender studies in USC Dornsife and director of USC's Gender Studies Program, will receive the 2011 Abby J. Leibman Pursuit of Justice Award from the California Women’s Law Center on May 26. Photo by Eddie North-Hager.

Equality On and Off the Field

May 9, 2011

Michael Messner has spent the last 25 years studying the role gender plays in sports, and likewise how sports influence society’s views of gender. In honor of Messner’s contributions to his field and his work for…

From left: Jack Dangermond, president and founder of Esri; Susan Kamei, associate dean of Advanced and Professional Programs and director of the Master of Liberal Studies program; John Wilson, professor of sociology and director of the USC Spatial Sciences Institute; and Stephan Haas, vice dean for research. Photo by Ambrosia Viramontes-Brody.

Beyond Geography

March 31, 2011

Jack Dangermond, founder of Esri, the world’s largest and most successful geographic information system (GIS) software company, spoke of his vision for spatial sciences at the inaugural USC Spatial Sciences Institute…

It's Not All About You

It's Not All About You

March 1, 2011

With her second child on the way, Britney Spears faces an impending divorce and an unfortunate lack-of-wardrobe incident. Former Seinfeld star Michael Richards’ racist rants at a comedy club are posted on YouTube. Mel…

Keary Colbert is a graduate assistant coach for the USC Trojans football team and a spokesperson for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America's "Be Great" campaign. Photo credit Carlos Puma.

Pass It Forward

November 10, 2010

Keary Colbert's left forearm bears an "SC" tattoo, his right shirt sleeve, the clasped hands logo of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. He is a man who takes pride in his history and his alliances. But for the USC College…

Professor Emeritus Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., a national leader in the sociology of family, served as chair of the Department of Sociology in USC College from 1965 to 1966. Photo courtesy of USC College's Department of Sociology.

In Memoriam: Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., 90

September 8, 2010

Professor Emeritus Thomas Ely Lasswell, Sr., a national leader in the sociology of family, 30-year USC College scholar and former chair of the Department of Sociology, has died. He was 90. Lasswell died due to complications…

Kenechi Udeze (center) lines up to accept his bachelor's degree during the 2010 USC Student-Athlete Graduation Celebration held May 13 on University Park campus. Photo credit Pamela J. Johnson.

'Quitting is Not an Option'

May 14, 2010

When Kenechi Udeze joined the USC Trojan football team as a redshirt freshman in 2001, he was a 340-pound, fledgling defensive end player. "To be honest with you," he said, "the first day I came here for practice, I passed…

As part of her Introduction to Research Methods course, Assistant Professor of Sociology Veronica Terriquez (left) offered students, including Danielle "Dannie" Taylor (center) and Jayme Wilson (right), the opportunity to conduct research connected to the work of graduate students or local organizations, or to choose their own topics. Photo credit Laurie Hartzell.

Researching the Human Condition

February 2, 2010

Ms. Kerry arrives at the Theresa Lindsay Senior Center by van, Ms. Nash by car. The two African American seniors share breakfast and then it's time to engage in their favorite activity — playing the card game Skip-Bo…

<em>American Quarterly</em>'s September 2008 Special Issue on migration earned a top award by a national organization of editors of scholarly journals. <em>American Quarterly</em> is headquartered in USC College's Department of American Studies and Ethnicity.

After Ellis Island

January 11, 2010

Mexicans seeking U.S. citizenship often view the interview process as arbitrary, and say Latino officers who administer the tests are usually the toughest, USC College Ph.D. student Adrian Felix wrote in an essay. Felix's…

Glenda Flores, a doctoral student in sociology, received two awards from the American Sociologal Association for her research on race relations among elementary school teachers. Photo by Roger Snider.

Double Honors for Sociology Doctoral Student

October 1, 2008

Sometimes happiness is mixed with sadness. At least that was the case for Glenda M. Flores. In June the USC College sociology doctoral student headed to Mexico with her family to attend her grandfather's funeral. After…

Can Shared Beliefs Clash With Values?

Can Shared Beliefs Clash With Values?

June 1, 2008

The values that most people grow up with and are instilled by the faith they follow — helping the poor, feeding the hungry, loving your neighbor — do not always unite religious groups attempting to tackle community…