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2021 Comparative Literature Prize and Welch Essay Prize Winners

We are proud to announce the recipients of our Comparative Literature Prize and Welch Essay Prize.  The Comp Lit Prize is awarded to an outstanding graduating senior, based on GPA.  The Welch Essay Prize is awarded to a graduating senior who has written an exemplary essay in in a 300- or 400-level course during the 2020-2021 academic year.

Rachel McKenzie Writes About COLT312 for Daily Trojan

Senior, Rachel McKenzie, writes about the Comparative Literature course “Myths of the Modern City” in the Daily Trojan! Check out the story exploring the prevailing mythologies of L.A. and how they interact with its lived realities. If you enjoy this, check out Professor Nike Nivar Ortiz's COLT 312 class.

Lydie Moudileno Joins Roundtable on “Comparative Racisms”

Lydie Moudileno, COLT department interim chair, will be speaking at a Whitman College roundtable on “Comparative Racisms” Thursday, February 4th at 4pm on Zoom. For more information about how to attend the virtual event, check out this link


Stephanie Saunders' Dickinson Collage Published in Dornsife Magazine

Congratulations to senior Stephanie Saunders on her art being published in the Memory issue of the Dornsife Magazine. Inspired by the poetry and process of Emily Dickinson, this collage on the theme of visual memory was created in the Spring 2020 course COLT 374: “Women Writers in Europe and America,” taught by Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature Margaret Rosenthal. Check out the magazine and Stephanie’s work here.

Professor Erin Graff Zivin Elected to Modern Language Association Executive Board

Extending our congratulations to Professor Erin Graff Zivin (Latin American and Iberian Cultures and Comparative Literature) for her election to the Modern Language Association’s (MLA) executive board. This is a huge honor and we wish her the best of luck.

Viet Thanh Nguyen Joins the Pulitzer Prize Board

A big congratulations to our faculty member Viet Thanh Nguyen, who is joining the Pulitzer Prize Board as its first Asian-American and Vietnamese-American member ater an extensive nominating process! We are so proud of him! Read more about it here.

Natania Meeker and Antonia Szabari Win the 2019 Science Fiction & Technoculture Studies Book Prize

Congratulations to Professors Natania Meeker and Antonia Szabari, whose book Radical Botany won the 2019 Science Fiction & Technoculture Studies book prize! We are so proud of them! They have been included in USC Dornsife's faculty recognitions for spring and summer 2020 here.

Budapest Maymester Featured in Dornsife News

Summer 2020 was the first year Professor Antonia Szabari offered Urban Crossroads: Budapest. With the pandemic, Professor Szabari had to pivot to an online model. Read all about it here.

2020 Comparative Literature Prize Awarded to Hannah Hunt & Welch Essay Prize Awarded to Kanak Kapur

May 2020

The Annual Comparative Literature Prize is awarded to an outstanding graduating comparative literature major. This year's prize winner is Hannah Hunt, a graduating senior who will be attending Stanford Law School in the Fall. 

Additionally, this year's Welch Essay Prize is awarded to graduating senior Kanak Kapur for her essay produced in Natania Meeker's COLT 302 Introduction to Literary Theory course. Kanak graduates with a BA in creative writing and a minor in international relations. Soon she'll be heading to New York to start her job at Deloitte.

Congratulations to them both! 

Natania Meeker Receives Research Awards

January 23, 2020

Congratulations to Professor Natania Meeker on receiving not one, but two research awards for the next academic year.

Professor Meeker is one of the receipients of the Early Modern Studies Institution Faculty Fellowships which will allow her to continue her research on early 19th Century Freach literature and culture. Additionally, she is the receipient of the Borchard Foundation Scholar-in-Residence fellowship which will allow her time to review source material in France.  

Julian Gutierrez-Albilla in conversation at Secret Movie Club Screenings November 2

November 1, 2019

Professor Julian Gutierrez-Albilla will be in conversation during the Secret Movie Club Screenings of Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel and Almodovar's The Skin I Live In.  Currently teaching our undergraduate course on Dada and Surrealism, Gutierrez-Albilla is our resident expert on Buñuel.  Screenings are at The Vista Theater in Los Feliz.  For more information, see the Secret Movie Club's EventBrite for details and tickets. 

Akira Mizuta Lippit receives Albert S. Raubenheimer Award

October 2019

Professor Akira Mizuta Lippit received the Albert S. Raubenheimer Award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the University community in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. 

Congratulations to Aki!

Veli N. Yashin awarded the Edward W. Said Fellowship

June 2019

Faculty Veli N. Yashin was awarded one of three Edward W. Said Fellowships for the 2019-2020 academic year.  The fellowship is to support research on scholar Edward Said's archive at Columbia University. 

Congratulations Veli!

Welch and Comparative Literature Prize 2019 Winners

May 2019

Congratulations to Cyrus Khandalavala (recipient of the Comparative Literature Prize) and Christian Shearer (recipient of Welch Prize for best essay), both of whom wrote brilliant honors theses. Cyrus will be joining Teach for America in Mississippi next year, and Christian will pursue a PhD in French at Cornell. 

Gian Maria Annovi awarded Howard R. Marraro Prize

January 2019

Faculty Gian Maria Annovi received the Howard R. Marraro Prize for his book Pier Paolo Pasolini: Performing Authorship.  The award was given during the Modern Language Association (MLA) conference held in Chicago.  This prize is awarded to the author of an outstanding scholarly book or essay on any phase of Italian literature or comparative literature involving Italian.

Congratulations to Gian Maria!

Erin Graff Zivin receives Albert S. Raubenheimer Award

November 2018

Professor Erin Graff Zivin received the Albert S. Raubenheimer Award in recognition of her outstanding performance in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service within the University. 

Congratulations to Erin!

Faculty Accolades Spring 2018

May 2018

Congratulations to our faculty who were recognized for their mentorship and scholarly achievements this past year. 

Viet Nguyen received the Presidential Medallion in honor of his recent achievements.  Nguyen won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2016 with his novel The Sympathizer, which takes an unconventional and critical look at differing perspectives on the Vietnam War. Last year, he became only the sixth USC faculty member to be named a MacArthur Fellow and received a Guggenheim Fellowship earlier that year. In February, USC President C. L. Max Nikias named him a University Professor.  Most recently, Nguyen elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. 

Emertia faculty Peggy Kamuf received the Faculty Lifetime Achievement Award; this award in recognizes eminent career and notable contributions to the university and community.  She has written extensively on the work of Jacques Derrida, Hélène Cixous, and Jean-Luc Nancy, and has also translated a number of their texts. In 2014, she was named the Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government.

Professor Neetu Khanna was presented with the Community Achievement Award, a student nominated honor presented by representatives from the Undergraduate Student Government. This award recognizes professors who have gone above and beyond for their students and who have made meaningful contributions to the educations of students of color and/or who identify as LGBTQ. This year the award is sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly (APASA), the Queer & Ally Student Assembly (QuASA), and the International Student Assembly (ISA).

Gloria Orenstein awarded Women's Caucus for Art Lifetime Achievement Award

February 2018

Professor Emerita Gloria Orenstin received the Women's Caucus for Art (WCA) Lifetime Achievement Award 2018 for her contributions to the visual arts.  Other receipients of the WCA 2018 award included Lee Bontecou, Lynn Hershmann Lesson, and Renee Stout. 

Congratulations Gloria!

Viet Nguyen receives MacArthur Genius Grant

October 2017

Faculty Viet Nguyen has been selected as a 2017 fellow of the MacArthur Foundation.  

Congratulations Viet!

Viet Nguyen awarded Pultizer Prize

February 2016

Viet Nguyen's debut novel The Sympathizer was awarded the Pultizer Prizer in the fiction category.  

Congratulations Viet!

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