MORE New POSC Classes for Fall 2014!

Several new upper-division courses have opened up for this Fall, including:

For more details on these and all new classes, click here.

Matthew Mendez and Christian Grose's research featured in the Washington Post

June 2014 — A Washington Post report about discrimination and voter ID-law proponents is based on a research paper by Matthew Mendez (POIR) and Prof. Christian GroseRevealing Discriminatory Intent: Legislator Preferences, Voter Identification, and Responsiveness Bias.  Matthew and Prof. Grose's research indicates that politicians who support voter identification practices show preference for responding to voter-registration inquiries from constituents with Anglophone names over constituents with Hispanic ones.

Lucy Flores running for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada

May 2014 — Recently named one of The Fix's "40 Under 40" rising political stars, Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores (POSC '07) is running for Nevada Lieutenant Governor.  Flores, a fierce advocate for her community, was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2010, becoming one of the first Hispanic women to serve in the Nevada legislature.  She has served as Assistant Majority Whip, Vice-Chair of the Legislative Operations and Elections committee, and Chair of the Ways and Means Government sub-committee.  She is actively involved in growing the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus, serving as its Vice-Chair.

Oscar De Los Santos Selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar

April 2014 — Our very own Oscar De Los Santos (POSC '15) has been selected as one of 59 national Truman Scholars! Oscar, a North Hollywood native, is passionate about ensuring voting rights for all Americans, with emphasis on underrepresented communities. The prestigious federal scholarship provides up to $30,000 to students pursuing graduate degrees leading to careers in public service.  For more on Oscar's tremendous story click here. Congratulations, Oscar!

POSC on the Wall of Scholars

May 2014 — Many POSC undergraduates received major recognition from the University for their scholastic achievements at the 2014 USC Wall of Scholars ceremony. Winners included:

University Trustees Award: Patrick Atchison, Reid Lidow, Brandon Martinez

Truman Scholarship: Oscar De Los Santos

Gates Cambridge Scholarship: Reid Lidow

Steven and Kathryn Sample Renaissance Scholar Prize: Brandon Martinez

Order of Troy: Michael Kung, Kaya Masler, Christopher Roman, Jacqueline Rosen, Zoe Steinberg, Jerry Ting, and Shamoiya Washington

Order of Laurel & the Palm: Claire Baugher and Reid Lidow

Visiting Speaker Series: John Gerring

Prof. Gerring of Boston University spoke to POSC students, faculty, and staff about some of his latest work, including a very unique dataset: the Multi-level Election Archive (MLEA) which, using data from electoral contests across a variety of district sizes and elective offices in 134 countries over 200 years, has shown that some features of electoral democracy are actually enhanced by a larger population.

The Penny Harvest Leadership Academy makes USC News

April 2014 — Prof. Ann Crigler's Applied Politics class facilitates The Penny Harvest Leadership Program for local Los Angeles elementary school students, teaching them lessons in philanthropy, civic engagement, decision-making, and leadership. The program also gives USC students the opportunity to apply their coursework in the real world by engaging them in the activities of surrounding communities. Read more about this exceptional program.

Matthew Mendez receives Phi Kappa Phi Award

April 2014 — Matthew Mendez, POIR Ph.D. candidate, received the Phi Kappa Phi student recognition award for his paper "Who Represents the Interest of Undocumented Latinos? A Field Experiment of State Legislators." In his paper, Mendez theorizes that some legislators have motivations to be responsive to constituents who not only cannot vote, but are also undocumented. Through a novel field experiment, Mendez also found that Latino legislators are more likely than other legislators to represent undocumented immigrants. Congratulations Matthew!

POSC Students honored at Academic Honors Convocation

April 2014 — Three POSC students won prestigious awards at the 33rd Academic Honors Convocation.  Patrick Atchison (POSC '13), Reid Lidow (IR/POSC '13), and Brandon Martinez (POSC '14) were honored with the University Trustee Award, which is awarded to  graduating students who have attained the highest scholarship average of all undergraduate men at the university.  Reid Lidow also won the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Award for honor creativity, scholarship and leadership in faculty-student community relations.  Congratulations!

Ange-Marie Hancock and Melina Abdullah win at WPSA Annual Conference

April 2014 — Associate Prof. Ange-Marie Hancock, Prof. Melina Abdullah, POSC '03, and Regina Free won the Best Black Politics Paper Award for the Western Political Science Association. Their paper, "Black Community Organizing in the Obama Era," examines the challenges faced by Black community organizers in Los Angeles.

POSC Student at the White House

April 2014 — Omeed Anvar, a POSC minor in American Politics, and fellow Trojan Simon Huang are finishing up internships at the White House. Check out their interview with the campus newspaper The Daily Trojan.

Lauren Fishelman Presented with the Kilmarx Presidential Fellows Award

March 2014 — Lauren (POSC '14, pictured to the right of fellow award recipient Shareka Banton) traveled to Washington D.C. to accept the Robert A. Kilmarx Award for the Best Military, Intelligence, or National Security Strategic Analysis for her paper, "Privacy in a Post-9/11 Democracy: the Effects of the 'War on Terror' and the USA PATRIOT Act."  In addition to the prestigious honor, Lauren's paper will also be published as part of the Center's annual anthology, The Fellows Review. Lauren shares, "The Presidential Fellows program provides a very interesting and important opportunity for students to gain first-hand experience and direct insight into the workings of the Presidency and Congress of the United States. I am honored to have had the opportunity to represent USC!"

Reid Lidow Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

February 2014 — Reid (IR/POSC '13) has been awarded a highly competitive Gates Cambridge Scholarship. This award grants him a full scholarship for graduate studies at the University of Cambridge, where he will pursue a master of philosophy in development studies this fall.  Congratulations Reid!

Political Science Speaker Series

Ricardo Ramirez*

Associate Professor of Political Science

University of Notre Dame

Mobilizing Opportunities: The Evolving Latino Electorate and the Future of American Politics 

Monday, March 10th, 2014 | 2:30pm - 4:00pm


For More Information, See the Flyer.


News About Our Professors

Diana O'Brien, Assistant Professor of political science, was awarded the best dissertation prize by the American Political Science Association's Women and Politics Research Section for her thesis When Women Matter: The Relationship Between Women's Numeric and Policy Representation in Western European States. 

Ange-Marie Hancock, Associate Professor of Political Science & Gender Studies, has been elected co-President of the APSA Race, Ethnicity and Politics Organized Section and named to the editorial boards of Perspectives on Politics and Politics and Gender journals.

Professor Richard H. Dekmejian of the Department of Political Science won a Dornsife 2020 Resisting the Path to Genocide Research grant, administered by Shoah Institute, to investigate comparatively case studies of the utility of precognition of preconditions/determinants as instruments to resist/prevent genocidal outcomes and assess the effectiveness of existing Global Risk/Early Warning systems in preventing genocidal atrocities. 

Professor Alison Dundes Renteln was awarded a 2013-2014 fellowship to The Center for the Advanced Study of Behavioral Science (CASBS) at Stanford University. The group represents some of academia’s most innovative scholarship across these behavioral sciences: anthropology, communication, economics, education, history, law, linguistics, philosophy, political science, public health, psychiatry, psychology, science & technology, and sociology. During their CASBS year, Fellows address some of the most pressing problems of our day, seeking insight and innovation that will advance humanity at all levels – whether on the international stage, the workplace, or within the individual psyche.

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Congratulations 2014 Graduates!

The Department of Political Science wishes you nothing but the best!

A New Book from Nick Weller and Jeb Barnes

Due out this summer, Finding Pathways is an engaging look into the connection between causal mechanations and related variables and outcomes.  Princeton University's Kosuke Imai describes Finding Pathways as a "powerful set of tools to investigate causal processes". Pre-order the book here.

Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias' Latest on Environmental Politics

Changing Climate Politics explores the growing role of civic society in climate action plans. Prof. Wolinsky-Nahmias "has assembled an outstanding group of contributors who collectively provide an excellent introduction to the complex fabric of US climate change politics."

Christian Grose in Annual Reviews

Prof. Grose's recently published paper, "Field Experimental Work in Political Institutions" will be featured in this July's Annual Review of Political Science.  An advanced copy of the article is available here.

Michael Genovese and Todd Belt honor the late William Lammers

Michael Genovese and Todd Belt have published a second edition of The Presidency and Domestic Policy: Comparing Leadership Styles, FDR to Obama, updating the original 2000 edition written by Genovese and the late William Lammers.  The new addition has been praised as "a 'must' for courses on the presidency and American politics."

Job Openings

USC Dornsife Political Science is hiring.  View our job opportunities.