Generating new knowledge about politics and government through scholarly research, the Department of Political Science (POSC) at USC encourages a diverse student population to engage in academic discourse about the ever-changing political landscape of our global society. 



"I have come to the conclusion that politics are too serious a matter to be left to the politicians."     — Charles de Gaulle

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Olu Orange and USC's Trial Advocacy Program set a civil rights precedent

The work of Prof. Olu Orange and students from the Trial Advocacy Program has helped a California family receive damages from the 2008 LAPD-shooting death of an autistic man.

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

A report in The Washington Post features Prof. Grose and Matthew's (POIR) study on the political motivations behind state voter ID laws.


Recent Faculty Publications

Nick Weller and Jeb Barnes' forthcoming Finding Pathways tackles the use of case-study analysis for understanding causal links in political research.


Yael Wolinsky-Nahmias' latest on environmental politics, Changing Climate Politics, explores the growing role of civic society in addressing climate change in the United States.


Congratulations 2014 Graduates!

Please stay in touch! Update us on your career accomplishments by e-mailing The Department of Political Science wishes you nothing but the best!

Ishan Shah elected to Ohlone College's Board of Trustees

Ishan (POSC '15) is the youngest and the first Indian-American member of the school's Board of Trustees. 

Lucy Flores: Rising Political Star

Nevada state assemblywoman Lucy Flores (POSC '07) has been singled out by the Washington Post's "The Fix" as one of 40 rising political stars under the age of 40.

Oscar De Los Santos named 2014 Truman Scholar

Our very own Oscar (POSC '15) has been selected as one of 59 national Truman Scholars!

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