In POSC News

Jeb Barnes' How Policy Shapes Politics Q & A in Dornsife News

July 2015 Dornsife News liked our article on Prof. Jeb Barnes' new book, How Policy Shapes Politics, so much they decided to feature it in their news section!

POSC's Maymester class is a success in Washington, D.C.

July 2015 Prof. Bob Shrum's Maymester course, "How Washington Works - and Doesn't" brought POSC students right into the thick of practical politics in Washington, D.C. Click here for an in-depth read on the how the Maymester program gave a select group of POSC students first-hand interactions with major political players in Washington.  Thanks to Dornsife News for their coverage on the program to POIR student Ben Cohn for documenting the experience. 

Bailee Ahern and Trevor Kehrer selected for 2015-2016 Lesher Family Scholarship

June 2015 Bailee Ahern and Trevor Kehrer (both POSC 2018) have been awarded the 2015-2016 Lesher Family Scholarship. Bailee and Trevor both show exemplary academic and personal achievements as POSC majors interested in issues of human rights, political freedom, law, and public policy. Congratulations Bailee and Trevor!

Several POSC students take home major USC awards

May 2015 During Commencement 2015, several POSC students were recognized with prestigious USC awards:

Order of Troy

Jennifer Glaeser
Katherine Grabar
Maddie Lees
Patrick Mazuca

Order of the Laurel and the Palm

Catherine Brackett
Oscar De Los Santos
Roxana Ontiveros
James White

Renaissance Scholar

Rachel Jones

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Oscar De Los Santos

Andrew Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowships

Rachel Jones
Roxana Ontiveros

Congratulations on these wonderful achievements, and Fight On!

Nathaniel Haas, POSC 2015, pens article for Politico

May 2015 As an intern at Politico through Prof. Bob Shrum's Maymester course in Washington, D.C., Nathaniel Haas, POSC 2015, recently wrote an article for the go-to political blog about John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight's" take on how mega-poultry processors treat their chicken farmers and how D.C. lawmakers may get involved. Click here for the full article.

Richard Dekmejian wins Carnegie Corporation research grant

May 2015 Prof. Richard Dekemejian has been awarded a research grant by Carnegie Corporation of New York for his project “Dialectics and Dynamics of Islamist Radicalism.” His research project involves multidisciplinary analysis of the causal factors and progressive radicalization of Islamist ideologies and social movements, culminating in revolutionary jihadism in recent decades. Specific research objectives include reaching a deeper understanding of the upsurge of extremism and deriving policy responses to counter the social-spiritual mass appeal and advance of revolutionary jihadism.

Kyra Schoonover and Steven Weier selected for 2015-2016 Michael B. Preston Scholarship

April 2015 Kyra Schoonover, POSC 2017, and Steven Weier, POSC 2016, are the recipients of the inaugural Michael B. Preston Scholarship in Urban Politics and Civil Rights. Both Kyra and Steven exemplify outstanding intellectual drive and passion for positive social change, and their work thoroughly embodies the spirit of Dr. Preston's great legacy of scholarship and service. Congratulations Kyra and Steven!

Sara Worth, POSC/ENGL 2015, wins Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Award

April 2015 Sara Worth, a POSC/ENGL double major, was honored at the 2015 Academic Honors Convocation with the Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate Award for her stellar work in both English Literature and Political Science. Sara described her experience at the Convocation as "humbling", and she was grateful to be able to personally thank Dr. Jerry Walker, founder of the Honors Convocation, and Associate Provost Robin Romans, Director of USC's Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. "It meant a great deal to be honored by an organization whose ideals I so admire -- a commitment to the liberal arts, to intellectual inquiry, and to the pursuit of collective knowledge," said Sara. She was also especially grateful to share the proud moment with her loving and supportive parents.

Next up for Sara: finishing her English Honors Thesis on Thomas Pynchon's California novels. After graduation, she hopes to combine her passions for storytelling and politics by working in political communication. Sara says "As a proud native daughter, I want to help make Los Angeles a more prosperous, progressive, creative, and environmentally sustainable city of the 21st century."

Congratulations, Sara!

Bob Shrum receives Lifetime Achievement Award

March 2015 The American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) honored Prof. Bob Shrum with its Lifetime Achievement Award and inducted him into AAPC Hall of Fame.  This is the highest honor that working members of the profession can bestow upon a colleague. Shrum received the honor at a ceremony held on March 18 at the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, during the 2015 AAPC Pollie Awards and Conference.

Ann Crigler's POSC 420 class helps USC Penny Harvest Spring Leadership Academy

March 2015 The USC Penny Harvest program is the result of a growing partnership among elementary schools in the neighborhoods surrounding the USC University Park and Health Sciences campuses. During the Penny Harvest Spring Leadership Academy on March 10, students from Prof. Ann Crigler’s POSC 420 class helped youngsters prepare to advocate for a social issue they had selected.

Olu Orange Wins California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award

February 2015 California Lawyer magazine has announced that Dornsife Trial Advocacy Program Director Olu Orange has been selected as a 2015 recipient of its coveted California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award, to be presented in March by California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.

Prof. Orange was announced as an honoree in the Civil Rights category for his Ninth Circuit victory in Chaudhry v. Los Angeles. The Chaudhry case established the precedent that pre-death pain and suffering damages can be recovered by the survivors of victims of federal civil rights violations which cause death – effectively ending “the perverse effect of making it more economically advantageous for a defendant to kill rather than injure his victim,” as written by presiding Judge William A. Fletcher.

The CLAY awards recognize those attorneys in California whose work has a profound, far-reaching impact, according to the magazine. Prof. Orange has also been selected as a 2015 Southern California Super Lawyer and is a 2014 member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100.

Jeb Barnes' article in the Washington Post's "The Monkey Cage" Blog

February 2015 In line with their new book, How Policy Shapes Politics, Prof. Jeb Barnes and co-author Thomas Burke breakdown the challenges of attempting to reform the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program.

Nancy Pelosi at the latest Political Conversations

February 2015 U.S. House of Representatives Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi spoke to nearly 200 USC students, faculty and guests at a special edition of POSC's Political Conversations series, discussing her rise to political office and the feasibility of bipartisanship in a Republican-dominated Congress.  Read more about this special event from the Daily Trojan here, and from USC Dornsife here.

Stanley Rosen's take on Hollywood and China

February 2015 — For the U.S. movie industry, China is a critical market to crack. Domestic box office numbers have been floundering in recent years and engaging Chinese audiences may be the key to keeping the U.S. market afloat. Prof. Stanley Rosen, Undergraduate Student Chair  and expert in Chinese politics, explains how Hollywood can break into the Chinese film market.

Bob Shrum a featured guest in Unruh Institute's 'Students Talk Back' series

February 2015 Prof. Bob Shrum will be participating in an exclusive series of "Students Talk Back: A Politics and Public Policy Forum" events.  The series will be centered on national politics and will feature a Republican strategist alongside Prof. Shrum.  Prof. Dan Schnur, Executive Director of the Unruh Institute, and a USC student will moderate each event. 

The dates of the series are:

  • February 18 in the Forum, RTCC 450
  • March 4 in the Rosen Room, RTCC 227
  • March 25 in the Forum, RTCC 450
  • April 15 in the Rosen Room, RTCC 227

"Students Talk Back" happens every Wednesday, 12-1pm. Lunch is included (free food!) and space is limited to those who arrive early.

2015-2016 Lesher Family scholarship in Political Science

January 2015 The Lesher Family Scholarship, established in honor of Professor Alison Dundes Renteln, provides assistance for promising undergraduate students majoring in Political Science.

Recipients of the awards must be:

  • full-time undergraduate students in 2015-2016
  • majoring in Political Science, focusing on Human Rights, Politicalreedom, International Law, Leadership, or Public Policy
  • have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • be in good academic standing and making satisfactory progress toward the completion of their academic program
  • Students graduating in Spring or Summer 2015 are not eligible to apply.

Application deadline = Friday, March 13, 2015; 5pm

Click here to download the 2015-2016 application.

Jonathan Martin and Bob Shrum talk post-Obama landscape during Political Conversations

January 2015 — Prof. Bob Shrum and New York Times National Correspondent Jonathan Martin discussed the future of both the Democratic and Republican parties, specifically candidates who may be strong contenders for their respective party's presidential tickets.  They spoke on how a very wide-open field of potential Republican candidates have to navigate appealing to their conservative base on national issues, while the Democrats need to define and attack the next major national challenge in a post-Obamacare era. As Martin put it, "That's what makes politics fun: you never know what's going to happen."

2015-2016 Michael B. Preston scholarship in Urban Politics and Civil Rights for POSC majors

December 2014 Dr. Preston was a valued professor and administrator who left behind a great legacy of teaching, scholarship and service.  This new fund will benefit undergraduate students in Political Science studying urban politics or civil rights, and will serve as a testament to Dr. Preston’s many contributions to USC Dornsife, throughout the university and the community.  For the 2015-16 academic year, two scholarship awards of $5,000 will be available.

  • Recipients of the award must be full-time undergraduate students in the 2015-16 academic year with a major in Political Science who are studying urban politics or civil rights.
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average.
  • Students graduating in Fall 2015 are eligible to apply.

Application deadline: Tuesday, February 17th, 2015
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25!

Click here to download the 2015-16 Application.

Bob Shrum Breaks Down Midterm Elections with Adam Nagourney

November 2014 At the latest Political Conversations, Prof. Bob Shrum hosted Adam Nagourney of The New York Times to dissect the results of the 2014 Midterm Elections.  Prof. Shrum and Mr. Nagourney especially analyzed the campaign strategies of both Republicans and Democrats, and questioned if the Democrats' strategy of keeping their distance from President Obama ended up working against them.  The Daily Trojan covered the event in depth.

Matthew Mendez and Christian Grose's research featured on NPR

October 2014  NPR's Shankar Verdantam questions if "subtle biases" can be applied to legislators' responses to their constituents. As part of his show Code Switch, Shankar interviewed Prof. Christian Grose about findings from his and Matthew Mendez's (POIR) study Revealing Discriminatory Intent: Legislator Preferences, Voter Identification, and Responsiveness Bias.

POSC Welcomes Undergraduates at Luncheon

September 2014 — What a wonderful way to kick off our Fall 2014 semester!  POSC students, faculty, and staff mingled, broke bread, and heard all about the new and exciting opportunities the department has to offer this school year.  Fun was had by all!  Don't believe us?  Here's proof.  Thanks to all those who came out to support!

Robert Shrum Installed as Inaugural Warschaw Chair

September 2014 — USC Dornsife honored POSC's Prof. Robert Shrum with a commemoration ceremony celebrating his installation as the inaugural Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics. The ceremony, held Sept. 17 at Town and Gown at the University Park campus, brought together Carmen and Louis’ daughter Hope Warschaw, senior university administrators, and Shrum’s family and friends. Also in attendance were L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Bobby Shriver, candidate for L.A. County Supervisor. The late USC Honorary Trustee Carmen Warschaw — a political activist, philanthropist and USC alumna — established the chair to help create civic-minded students.

Jane Junn receives 2014 Ralph Bunche Award

September 2014 — 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.  The work also received an honorable mention for APSA’s Migration and Citizenship Section book award. For more on Prof. Junn's thoughts on the book and the significance of her work, click here.

 

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