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A historian of international relations, Mary Elise Sarotte's research focuses on Untied States and European foreign policy in the 20th century, particularly during the Cold War. Photo courtesy of Mary Elise Sarotte.

From Berlin to Baghdad?

August 12, 2014

On the evening of Nov. 9, 1989, Americans were tuned to their televisions watching “NBC Nightly News” anchorman Tom Brokaw report from West Germany. It was a momentous occasion. The Berlin Wall, a 28-year symbol of…

Douglas Keeney (economics, '73; MBA '76) has authored or coauthored more than a dozen historical books, which examine events such as D-Day and the Cold War. His forthcoming book is <em>Lost in the Pacific: Epic Firsthand Accounts of WWII Survival Against Impossible Odds</em>. Photo courtesy of Douglas Keeney.

True Tales of Survival

March 14, 2014

Buoyed by only a life vest, the young American pilot bounced and bobbed in the cold, dark waters of the Pacific Ocean. Forced to abandon his aircraft earlier that afternoon after it was shot down by Japanese destroyers, it was…

USC Dornsife's Jack Halberstam explores society's evolving gender roles in his book, <em>Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal</em>, due out this September from Beacon Press. Photo of Halberstam by Assaf Evron.

Feminism Goes Gaga

August 9, 2012

On stage and off, Lady Gaga seems to be an ever-evolving performance piece dominating the media landscape. But in Gaga’s anarchic, gender-bending public persona, Jack Halberstam sees a mirror — one reflecting a…

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…

In his new book, <em>Achieving Nuclear Ambitions: Scientists, Politicians, and Proliferation </em> (Cambridge University Press, 2012), Jacques Hymans, associate professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, suggests that repressive, authoritarian regimes often undermine their own nuclear programs with the same heavy-handed management they use to control their countries. Photo courtesy of Jacques Hymans.

Can Iran Achieve Its Nuclear Ambitions?

July 20, 2012

Sanctions, sabotage, diplomacy and even the threat of military action — the United Nations Security Council countries seem to be emptying their toolbox when it comes to containing Iranian nuclear ambitions. But nuclear…

<em>Elsewhere, California</em>, a debut novel written by USC Dornsife’s Dana Johnson, examines assimilation, class and the complications of African American identity. Dana Johnson photo by Ben Pack.

Finding One’s Self in L.A.

July 19, 2012

As USC Dornsife’s Dana Johnson strolled through Echo Park, taking in the downtown Los Angeles skyline and Palm tree-lined lake, the characters, setting and plot of her first novel took shape. Johnson often hiked several…

Thousands stroll USC's University Park campus April 21 and 22 and attend panel discussions, including ones that spotlight USC Dornsife authors. Photo by Dennis Martinez.

L.A., L.A., Do You Read?

April 23, 2012

USC Dornsife authors emerged as main characters this past weekend during the 17th annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books held for the second year at USC. They shared the page with the likes of journalist Patt Morrison…

Graffiti from the back of the Mugamma' — a huge government building on Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. The Arabic on the wall remembers Khaled Sa'id, a young man beaten to death by the police in Alexandria, Egypt, and whose death served to mobilize many of those who joined the demonstrations throughout the country in January 2011. Photo by Laurie Brand.

Laurie Brand Selected as Bellagio Center Resident

April 17, 2012

Laurie Brand, Robert Grandford Wright Professor and professor of international relations in USC Dornsife, has won a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency award to finish her project, Restor(y)ing the State: National…

Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC Dornsife, and Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, will be featured speakers at the inaugural USC Writers Conference this Friday. Harkness photo by Marion Ettlinger. Gioia photo courtesy of Dana Gioia.

The Business and Craft of Storytelling

April 16, 2012

Dana Gioia, Judge Widney Professor of Poetry and Public Culture at USC, and Deborah Harkness, professor of history in USC Dornsife and author of the best-selling book, A Discovery of Witches, will be featured speakers at the…

USC Dornsife alumna Bonnie Nadzam has been awarded The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize for her debut book, <em>Lamb</em>. At left, Nadzam, who graduated with a Ph.D. in creative writing from USC Dornsife in 2011, stands with The Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize Award. Photo by Beowulf Sheehan.

USC Dornsife Alumna Wins Prize for Debut Novel

April 10, 2012

When Bonnie Nadzam began to develop characters for her dissertation in USC Dornsife’s Ph.D. in Literature and Creative Writing program, she could not have predicted the shape they would eventually take. It wasn’t…