Professor Adrian De Leon was interviewed for an ABC Nightline segment on Filipino nurses during the pandemic, and had been working with the producer to shape the overall feature. You can catch the segment here.

Gualtieri’s wonderful new book, Arab Routes, has also won an award, The Alixa Naff Prize in Migration Studies, which is described in more detail in this link, along with a terrific story about Sarah Gualtieri and her book.

Wednesday, October 28, 4:00pm EST

In the final installment of this three-part series, Anna Deavere Smith invites the perspectives of Susan K. Lee, Senior Advisor to the Mayor of the City of Chicago, and Dorinne Kondo, Professor of American Studies & Anthropology at the University of Southern California, to discuss today’s Black Lives Matter movement and its intersections with the L.A. riots that were the subject of Smith’s Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992.

To RSVP, visit this link.

The USC Dornsife professor of American studies and ethnicity receives the prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of her examinations of race, citizenship and belonging among immigrant groups in the United States.


Any fan of the Hulu hit Ramy knows just how singular it is. What may be less apparent to a fans are the creative forces that have informed it. Meet Maytha Alhassen.

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Mark Padoongpatt ‘11, a professor of Asian American studies, turned his Ph.D. thesis into a book on Thai immigrants that landed him air time on the Hulu show hosted by Padma Lakshmi.

August 2020

Quinn Anex-Ries has joined the USC President’s Task Force on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as one of the student representatives.

Portrait of Quinn Anex-Ries, smiling and looking directly at the camera, with a blurred background.
“We will likely see the knotty intersection of racism and sexism in the criticism that Harris will endure.”
USC Dornsife scholar Oneka LaBennett on what we can expect with the historic Biden/Harris ticket in

POLITICO Magazine.

Reading list: Want a better understanding of racism and privilege in America? USC Dornsife faculty give their suggestions for books and articles that provide historical and cultural context for what’s taking place across the country, and offer ways to create change.

George Sanchez Begins Term as OAH President

The OAH is delighted to welcome George Sanchez, professor of American Studies & Ethnicity and History at the University of Southern California, to his role as president of the OAH beginning on April 4, 2020. We give sincere thanks to Joanne Meyerowitz for her service in what proved to be a challenging year.

Sanchez is dedicated to broadening the reach of the historical profession through scholarship, teaching, and mentorship of the next generation of scholars, and public history through museums, archives, and all the institutions that present the American past.

“I am honored to become president of the Organization of American Historians, and hope to help steer the organization through these difficult times. I look forward to working with the other leaders of the OAH as we take on the challenges ahead.”

George Sanchez is the author and editor of numerous works including Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles (Oxford University Press, 1993) and, most recently, ed., Beyond Alliances: The Jewish Role in Reshaping the Racial Landscape of Southern California (Purdue University Press, 2012).

Please join us in welcoming George Sanchez.

George Sanchez portrait

Congratulations to ASE Professor Nayan Shah in the news:

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