In POSC News

Ishan Shah elected to Ohlone College Board of Trustees

July 2014Ishan 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!

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

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.

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

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 GroseRevealing 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.

Lucy Flores running for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada

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.

Oscar De Los Santos selected as a 2014 Truman Scholar

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!

POSC on the Wall of Scholars

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

Matthew Mendez receives Phi Kappa Phi Award

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!

POSC Students honored at Academic Honors Convocation

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!

The Penny Harvest Leadership Academy makes USC news

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.

Ange-Marie Hancock and Melina Abdullah win at WPSA Annual Conference

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.

POSC Student in the White House

April 2014 — Omeed Anvar, a POSC minor in American Politics, and fellow Trojan Simon Huang are finishing up internships at the White House. Check out their interview with the campus newspaper The Daily Trojan.

Lauren Fishelman presented with the Kilmarx Presidential Fellows Award

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!"

Reid Lidow wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

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!

Michael Genovese and Todd Belt honor the late William Lammers

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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