Congratulations to Professor Lee Epstein, for being named a 2013 Guggenheim Fellow. Lee's research on the courts and judicial behavior has made her one of the preeminent political scientists and legal scholars in the world. The Guggenheim award is just the latest recognition of her impact on the discipline. Lee was also appointed Phi Beta Kappa lecturer for next year. Please join us in congratulating Lee! Read the story.
HONORS PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE 2013-2014
The Political Science Department is offering a NEW HONORS PROGRAM CLASS next year!
Current sophomore and junior majors can apply by April 15. The class will be taught by Professor Dennis Chong (Professor and Chair, Department of Political Science). Students admitted to the program will write an Honors thesis on a political science topic of their choice. Students who complete successfully the requirements of the program will graduate with Honors in Political Science. Honors Info/App
In Memoriam: Carmen H. Warshaw, 95. The alumna and USC Honorary Trustee helped to create the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, based in USC Dornsife. In 2008, Warschaw pledged $3 million to endow the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics in USC Dornsife. Her memorial service is scheduled for January 13. All USC Political Science Faculty and Students are invited to attend.
The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics has a new lineup of speakers and events scheduled for the Spring 2013 semester. For a complete list of scheduled and upcoming events, visit the Institute’s website at http://dornsife.usc.edu/unruh/.
Sad news. Carl Quimby Christol, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Political Science in USC Dornsife and pioneer in the field of international space law, has died. He was 98. In Memoriam.
Professor Christian Grose's recently published book, Congress in Black and White: Race and Representation in Washington and at Home, has been selected to receive the American Political Science Association (APSA) Section on Race, Ethnicity, and Politics award for the “Best Book on Race, Ethnicity, and Representation.”
Professor Christian Grose has promoted to Assoiciate Professor of Political Science. Congratulations Christian!
Adjunct Professor Olu Orange (head coach of USC Dornsife Mock trial) - USC Mock Trial Team Dominates East Coast Competition. USC students nab first, fourth, fifth and eighth place in the December 2011 University of Pennsylvania's Quaker Classic Tournament. Best Attorney and Best Witness honors went to USC Dornsife students.
Professor Ange-Marie Hancock has been elected to the Executive Council of the American Political Sciience Association (APSA). Professor Hancock teaches courses on American politics and political theory and has received multiple teaching awards.
Asian American Political Participation: Emerging Constituents and Their Political Identities, a new book by Professor Jane Junn(with co-authors Janelle Wong, Taeku Lee, and S. Karthick Ramakrishnan), has been published by Russell Sage Foundation, publication date October 31, 2011. The book is based on data from the authors’ groundbreaking 2008 National Asian American Survey of more than 5,000 Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, Filipino, and Japanese Americans..
Professor Ange-Marie Hancock’s new book, Solidarity Politics for Millennials: A Guide to Ending the Oppression Olympics has been published by Palgrave Macmillian. “Written in plain language for an educated trade audience, this book takes the political theory of intersectionality--the most cutting-edge approach to the politics of gender, race, sexual orientation, and class--and introduces it to the general public for the first time.”
USC David and Dana Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences and the Los Angeles Times jointly sponsor a series of statewide public opinion polls "...designed to survey voter attitudes on a wide range of political, policy, social and cultural issues." Additionally, recent poll reports are also available on the Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, US Politics/US Western States.
Professor Jane Junn has been selected as one of the Best of L.A. People 2011 by the LA Weekly, based on the ". . . [L.A. Times-Dornsife College] public opinion poll that was the first to detect the shift among voters that determined the race for governor."
The Pasadena Star News quoted Professor Richard Dekmejian about possible retaliation by Islamic extremists for the killing of Osama bin Laden.
May 2, 2011 - Internationally Known Law and Politics Scholar Joins USC. Professor Lee Epstein will hold joint appointments as the Provost Professor of Law and Political Science in USC Dornsife and the inaugural Rader Family Trustee’s Chair in Law at the USC Gould School of Law.
lios, the undergraduate-run journal connected to the Political Science Undergraduate Association (PSUA) at the University of Southern California, is now available online. It is primarily a journal of political science and political philosophy. The journal’s intention is to create a forum for students to critically assess and analyze political issues - whether contemporary, historical, or theoretical in nature. Faculty advisor is Professor Anthony Kammas, Assistant Professor (Teaching) in the Department of Political Science. With dogged determination, Executive Editor Kevin Lee saw Ilios come to fruition before he graduated this May 2011.
Professor Alison Dundes Renteln received one of 23 individual faculty USC Mellon Mentoring Awards at an April 19 ceremony that highlighted the awardees' thoughts on the idea of mentoring. Congratulations Alison!
From Mock Trial to Real Cases - The USC Mock Trial Team (Atty Olu Orange, founder and Head Coach) uncovered facts that helped jurors conclude an LAPD officer was responsible for the wrongful death of an autistic man. Professor Alison Dundes Renteln gave deposition testimony regarding the violation of burial rights because the L.A. County Coroner waited 21 days to notify the family. The judge dismissed that part of the case. This part will now go to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals to get it reinstated, then the case will go to trial.
On March 31, Former Governor Gray Davis met with students in POSC 325 (taught by Professor Bill Lockyer, State Treasure). The purpose of his visit was to discuss his personal experiences through politics especially while he was Governor of the State of California.
Ange-Marie Hancock has received a Visions and Voices: The USC Arts and Humanities Initiative award. The grant will fund a film festival in Spring 2011 entitled: Living, Surviving and Thriving in the Intersections, which will examine visual stories that occur at the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality issues. She will be working with Kara Keeling, American Studies and Ethnicity & the School of Cinema; and Vincent Vigil, Director of the USC Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center (LGBT) Resource Center on the project.
Ange-Marie Hancock has been awarded a College 2020 grant, Taking the Next Step: Enhancing Graduate Education and Scholarship on Immigrant Integration, one of three $300,000 grants made throughout the College this year. She will co-direct this grant with Manuel Pastor, American Studies & Ethnicity and Geography.
Eliz Sanasarian is one of 12 recipients of the annual USC Remarkable Women Awards. Hosted by the Office of Campus Activities and the Women's Student Assembly, the awards are given to "...women who have made a significant impact on campus life..."
A New Edition! Matthew Joseph Weller (Nick, Emity, and Kate Weller- mom, dad, and big sis) made his debut on January 16, 2011 at 9:44 am. He weighed in at 7 lbs 13 ozs, 22 1/2 inches. Mother and baby are doing great and Kate is already enjoying her role as a big sis. Congratulations to the Weller family.
Good news! Marc Aiden Raygoza (Fanny Cisnero and Mark Raygoza the proud parents) was born December 30, 2010 at 3:20 pm. He weighed in at 9 lbs 9 ozs, 20 inches. Here he is as a real newbie and after he decided he needed to take a look around. Congratulations Fanny and Mark. Updated picture of Marc Aiden.
Professor Jane Junn has been named the Keynote Speaker for the APSA Conference on Teaching & Learning,The Conference theme is Making Sense of Political Science and Politics. Professor Junn's 2011 Pi Sigma Alpha address is titled "Helping Students Make Sense of a Changing Political World."
Professor Christian Grose was profiled in Politico Pro -- Politico's daily debate with policymakers and opinion shapers.
Political Polling, as much an Art as a Science. USC College students conduct parallel political polls to the "right on the money."
Joseph R.Cerrell, longtime adjunct professor in the Jesse Unruh Institute of Politics and prominent California political consultant, passed away on December 3. He was 75. A few tributes published in Professor Cerrell's honor are: USC News, USC College of Letters, Arts and Sciences News, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics, the Cerrell & Associates website and the Los Angeles Times to name just a few.
Professor and Department of Political Science Chair Ann Crigler has been awarded a prestigious Albert S. Raubenheimer Award for 2010.
Professor Alison Dundes Renteln has been selected to the Editorial Board of Humanity, a peer-reviewed academic journal dedicated to publishing original research and reflection on human rights, humanitarianism, and development in the modern and contemporary world.
Professor Ange-Marie Hancock has agreed to serve as one of a team of editors of the new Western Political Science Association (WPSA) journal Politics, Groups and Identities. WPSA President Christine Di Stefano and the Executive Council "... believe the journal will be an important contribution to the discipline and to our association."
Bloomberg News quoted Department of Political Science Chair Ann Crigler about the impact of an aide to California gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown allegedly using a sexist slur to refer to opponent Meg Whitman.
Professor Eliz Sanasarian was awarded the USC Associates Award for Teaching at the 29th Annual Academic Honors Convocation on April 26, 2010. This is the University's highest teaching honor and so well deserved for Eliz. Professors Junn, Hancock, Renteln, Barnes and Chair Ann Crigler along with Dean Howard Gillman, Paul Kovich and many of Eliz' students and friends joined in the celebration. Many, many congratulations to Eliz!
Yet another new book by Professor Stan Rosen has published! Art, Politics, and Commerce in Chinese Cinema is published by the University of Hong Kong Press.
Professor Stan Rosen's book has been published. Chinese Politics-State, Society and the Market, published by Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.
The USC Emeriti Center received a substantial gift from the estate of Lilia Huiying Li, wife of Professor Emeritus George O. Totten III. The trust was set up on behalf of the Emeriti Center that funded in 2009 after Lilia and George both passed away. For full details, see article in the USC Emeriti Center Colleagues for Life.
Professor Alison Dundes Renteln's new book, Multicultural Jurisprudence: Comparative Perspectives on the Cultural Defense (Hart Publishing), has been published. The book analyzes how culture is treated in a range of legal systems. Read the interview of Professor Renteln in the University of Southern California Chronicle.