About Us


The Center for International Studies (CIS) was originally established as a research unit by the USC School of International Relations in 1986 to promote advanced research and critical debate of theoretical and policy issues in world affairs. The Center supports the research of faculty and students; hosted scholars from the United States and abroad; organizes public seminars, workshops and conferences; promotes collaborative research projects; and contributes to public understanding of international affairs.

CIS Director

Previous CIS Directors

Recent Funders of CIS Activities

  • Center for Excellence in Teaching, USC
  • Center for International Business, Research, and Education, USC
  • Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences, USC
  • Consulate of Japan, Los Angeles
  • Consulate of Azerbaijan, Los Angeles
  • Ford Foundation
  • Henry R. Luce Foundation
  • Government of Canada
  • The Japan Foundation
  • Pacific Council for International Policy
  • School of International Relations
  • Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office, Los Angeles
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • National Science Foundation
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Henry Luce Foundation
  • American Council for Quebec Studies
  • Western Canadian Studies Association
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
  • Fundacion Vidanta
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Past CIS Visiting Scholars

  • Benjamin Pasquale, New York University
  • Mauricio Rivera-Celestino, CIDE (Mexico)
  • Andrew Radin, Rand Corporation
  • Jordan Branch, Brown University
  • Soumita Basu, South Asian University
  • Maya Eichler, Mount Saint Vincent University
  • Roselyn Hsueh, Temple University
  • Titus Chen, National Chengchi University
  • Sarah Ellen Graham, University of Western Sydney
  • John Robert Kelley, American University
  • Carol Atkinson, University of Southern California
  • Paul Fritz, Hofstra University
  • Carola Weil, American University
  • Stacie Goddard, Wellesley College
  • Patricia Owens, University of Sussex
  • Barbara Koremenos, University of Michigan
  • Alan Kuperman, University of Texas
  • Jacqui True, The University of Auckland
  • Brooke Ackerly, Vanderbilt University
  • Patricia Goff, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Jacinta O’Hagen, Australian National University
  • Charles Call, American University
  • Michael Dabringhausen, HC Alignment Consulting GMBH
  • Joel Fetzer, Pepperdine University
  • Shane Fricks, University of Washington
  • Kristin Johnson Ceva, CFA -- Payden and Rygel
  • Daniel Lynch, University of Southern California
  • Margaret Karns, The University of Dayton
  • Andrew Walter, London School of Economics
  • Nicholas Rengger, University of St. Andrews
  • Xiaoming Huang, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Laurence Whitehead, Nuffield College
  • Eytan Meyers, Hebrew University
  • Denise Dresser, ITAM (Mexico)
  • Audie Klotz, Syracuse University
  • Pablo Neumeyer, Universidad Torcuato Di Tella
  • Dan Posner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Andrei Tsygankov, San Francisco State University
  • Jonathan Kirshner, Cornell University
  • John Garofano, U.S. Naval War College
  • Neta Crawford, Boston University