Prof. Jane Junn, and co-author Natalie Masuoka, received the 2014 Ralph Bunche Award for their book, The Politics of Belonging (University of Chicago Press). This prestigious prize is given annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) for the best scholarly work in political science that explores the phenomenon of ethnic and cultural pluralism. Prof. Junn's book also was given an Honorable Mention for the Migration and Citizenship Section book award.
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POSC Welcomes Morris Levy and Robert Shrum
August 2014 — POSC is pleased to welcome two new members to our distinguished faculty:
Morris Levy (UC Berkely) is our newest Associate Professor of Political Science, with expertise in American politics and voting. Prof. Levy's current research on the effects of immigration in the U.S. on local support for spending on public goods addresses one of the most important issues in contemporary American politics. Look for his Fall semester class on Political Participation and American Diversity.
Robert Shrum is the inaugural holder of the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics. For the past four decades, Professor Shrum has been on the front lines of the democratic process in the United States as an advisor to candidates for the presidency, Congress, and state and local political offices. He is perhaps best known for serving as a consultant on the campaigns of Democratic presidential candidates, including George McGovern, Al Gore, and John Kerry. This Fall Prof. Shrum is teaching "Great Races: From City Hall to the White House" as well as hosting our newest speaker series, Political Conversations.
August 2014 — Dr. Michael Preston, USC Vice Provost for Strategic Initiatives, Professor Emeritus and former Chair of Political Science in the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, has died at the age of 80. Dr. Preston started USC’s first course on Black politics and produced landmark scholarship over a 40-year career, contributing to our understanding of racial and ethnic politics in the United States. As a specialist in American, urban, and Black politics, Preston authored the two-volume Racial and Ethnic Politics in California, and The New Black Politics: The Search for Political Power, among other seminal books. A memorial service was held on August 16 at the USC Caruso Catholic Center. Click here for more on Dr. Preston's life and legacy.
July 2014 — Ishan Shah (POSC '15) took a year off from his studies to be with his ailing mother. Little did anyone know that within that year, Ishan would become Ohlone College's youngest member of its Board of Trustees as well as the first Indian American to serve. Ishan returns to finish his POSC degree this Fall (and his mother is on the mend). Read more about his fascinating story here. Welcome back Ishan, and congratulations!
June 2014 — The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that the family of an autistic man, Mohammed Usman Chaudhry, who was killed by the LAPD is entitled to pre-death pain and suffering damages resulting from violation of his civil rights. Prof. Olu Orange and students from the USC Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program worked for years for Chaudry's family, tracking down and interviewing witnesses, uncovering new evidence, and conducting mock cross-examinations during witness preparation. The Court of Appeals also determined that the family introduced enough evidence to pursue their negligence claim against the Los Angeles County Coroner's office after it delayed informing Chaudhry’s family of his death for 21 days.
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 Grose: Revealing 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.
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.
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!
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
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!
April 2014 — POSC students won several 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!
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.
April 2014 — Associate Professor Ange-Marie Hancock, 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.
March 2014 — Lauren (POSC '14) 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!"
February 2014 — Reid (IR/POSC '13), an international relations and political science double major, 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!
January 2014 — 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."
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