September 2015 — Prof. Ange-Marie Hancock was quoted in Al Jazeera America about the California Fair Pay Act, which would help address the gender income gap. Prof. Hancock contributed that the proposed law will make employers have "to demonstrate and report that they are in fact paying people equally.” Read her insights here.
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September 2015 — Prof. Dan Schnur wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal's "Think Tank" series about the resignation of Speaker of the House John Boehner. Prof. Schnur questions the ability of Congress to work together and accomplish things across party lines, and speculates on how Boehner's presumed successor, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, will deal with such a politically fractured Congress. The entire read can be found here.
September 2015 — POSC students Sarah Dhanaphatana (POSC 2017) and David Moreno (POSC 2016) recently represented USC at a Harvard Institute of Politics conference, “Campus Activation: Increasing Student Voting and Political Engagement”. Joining students from across the country, Dhanaphatana and Moreno attended lectures by political practitioners, expert organizers and noteworthy journalists on voter registration and campus political engagement. Read details of their experience here.
September 2015 — The first Political Conversations of 2015-2016 got off to an enthusiastic start as Prof. Bob Shrum engaged Jon Favreau of Fenway Strategies about his time as former Director of Speechwriting for President Obama. Check out the Daily Trojan's coverage of the event here.
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August 2015 — Exciting things are in store for this new school year in Political Science! We've got new speakers lined up for our Political Conversations series, a Welcome Back Luncheon featuring a special raffle of great gifts for all of our majors and minors, information sessions for the Trial Advocacy Program (Mock Trial), and so much more! And don't forget to register for POSC classes: more info can be found here.
Bookmark our homepage and check back often for news updates and announcements. Welcome to Fall 2015 and Fight On!
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!
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.
May 2015 — During Commencement 2015, several POSC students were recognized with prestigious USC awards:
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Congratulations on these wonderful achievements, and Fight On!
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.
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!
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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
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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.
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