Faculty Awards & Honors

Excellence in Scholarship

Many USC Dornsife faculty members have been recognized with professional honors and induction into distinguished academic societies that reflect their standing among the most celebrated and accomplished scholars in the world. This page lists the many current and active professors who have received awards—building on the success of many emeritus faculty who made tremendous contributions to their field before them.

American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellows

American Academy of Arts and Sciences badge logo with the text Cherishing Knowledge, Shaping the Future. Founded 1780.Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s most prestigious honorary societies and independent research centers.

Designed as a forum for leading scholars to exchange ideas, the Academy remains an interdisciplinary organization dedicated to critical analysis of society’s most pressing problems. Its membership is drawn from across the disciplines of mathematics, the physical and biological sciences, medicine, the social sciences, humanities, business, government, public affairs, and the arts.

Election to the Academy as a Fellow is extremely selective and denotes high achievement and accomplishment in cultivating the arts and sciences. Each year, the privilege of nominating new members is reserved to current Fellows. The Academy also grants honorary membership to a select number of foreign scholars.

Leo Braudy
University Professor, Professor of English and Art History, and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature

Antonio Damasio
University Professor, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy and Neurology, and David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience

Hanna Damasio
University Professor, Professor of Psychology and Neurology, and Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience

Geoff Dyer
Writer in Residence

Richard Easterlin
University Professor Emeritus of Economics

Percival Everett
Distinguished Professor of English

Scott Fraser
Provost Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Physiology and Biophysics, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology, Ophthalmology and Quantitative and Computational Biology

Eric Friedlander
Dean’s Professor of Mathematics

Jed Fuhrman
McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences

Tom Jordan
University Professor, William M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and Professor of Earth Sciences

Maggie Nelson
Professor of English

Viet Nguyen
University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature

Manuel Pastor
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity and Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change

Hanna Reisler
University Professor, Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. Chair for Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemistry

Norbert Schwarz
Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing

Scott Soames
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

David St. John
University Professor and Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Raymond Stevens
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry

Larry Swanson
University Professor, Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology

James Van Cleve
Professor of Philosophy

Michael Waterman
University Professor Emeritus

Gary Watson
Provost Professor Emeritus of Law and Philosophy

Ernest Wilson
Walter Annenberg Chair in Communication and Professor of Political Science

American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellows

AAAS logo The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), an international non-profit organization open to all, seeks to “advance science, engineering, and innovation throughout the world for the benefit of all people.”

The AAAS promotes scientific advancement, collaboration and education through the organization of member activities, education initiatives and the publication of one of the world’s leading academic journals, Science.

As a leading global advocate for scientific progress, the AAAS honors a select number of its members, who are especially accomplished in advancing science and its social applications, by naming them Fellows. Election as a Fellow of AAAS is an honor bestowed upon members by their peers.

Norman Arnheim
Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

David Bottjer
Professor of Earth Sciences, Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Sarah Bottjer
Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology

Stephen Bradforth
Professor of Chemistry and Senior Advisor to the Dean for Research Strategy and Development

Douglas Capone
William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences

David Caron
USC Associates Captain Allan Hancock Chair in Marine Science and Professor of Biological Sciences

Kathleen Chambers
Professor Emerita of Psychology

Xiaojiang Chen
Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry

Luis Chiappe
Adjunct Professor of Earth Sciences and Biological Sciences

Karl Christe
Professor (Research) of Chemistry

Paul Dapkus
William M. Keck Distinguished Professor of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Physics and Astronomy

Caleb Finch
University Professor, ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging and Professor of Gerontology, Biological Sciences, Anthropology, and Psychology

Susan L Forsburg
Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences

Scott Fraser
Provost Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Physiology and Biophysics, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology, Ophthalmology and Quantitative and Computational Biology

Eric Friedlander
Dean’s Professor of Mathematics

Susan Friedlander
Professor of Mathematics

Jed Fuhrman
McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences

Margaret Gatz
Professor of Psychology

Myron Goodman
Professor of Biological Sciences and Chemistry

Ernest Greene
Professor of Psychology

Robert Guralnick
Professor of Mathematics

Dennis Hedgecock
Paxson H. Offield Professor Emeritus in Fisheries Ecology and Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

David Hutchins
George and Louise Kawamoto Chair in Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences

Tom Jordan
University Professor, William M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and Professor of Earth Sciences

Steve Kay
University Professor, Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Quantitative and Computational Biology, Director of Convergent Bioscience

Anna Krylov
USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry

Teh-Lung Ku
Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences

Pat Levitt
Provost Professor of Cell and Neurobiology, and Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Psychology

Daniel Lidar
Viterbi Professorship in Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering Systems, Chemistry, and Physics and Astronomy

Donal Manahan
Professor of Biological Sciences

Charles McKenna
Professor of Chemistry

M. Susan Montgomery
Professor of Mathematics

Shrikanth Narayanan
University Professor, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science; Professor of Linguistics, Psychology and Neuroscience; Professor of Pediatrics, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery; and Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering

Kenneth Nealson
Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences

Nicos Petasis
Harold E. and Lillian M. Moulton Chair in Organic and Polymer Chemistry

Surya Prakash
Distinguished Professor, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Hanna Reisler
University Professor, Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. Chair for Science and Engineering and Professor of Chemistry

Fengzhu Sun
Professor of Quantitative and Computational Biology and Mathematics

Larry Swanson
University Professor, Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology

Armand Tanguay
Professor of Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science, Biomedical Engineering, Ophthalmology, and Physics and Astronomy

Simon Tavare
Professor Emeritus of Quantitative and Computational Biology

Mark Thompson
University Professor, Ray R. Irani, Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Arieh Warshel
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Quantitative and Computational Biology and Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry

Michael Waterman
University Professor Emeritus

Alan Watts
Professor of Biological Sciences, Physiology and Biophysics

Curt Wittig
Paul A. Miller Chair in Letters, Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Recipients

American Council of Learned Societies logo with red chevron shapes that create a star in the white spaceComposed of 71 national scholarly societies, the American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) is the leading advocate of advancing scholarship in the humanities and related social sciences.

Through the organization’s activities and through its fellowship program, the ACLS seeks to increase the level of cooperation between different humanistic disciplines and to support scholarly work that creates new knowledge that benefits our understanding of the world.

ACLS Fellowships are intended to support either junior or senior scholars for one year with the ultimate purpose to generate a major scholarly work. The recipients must have an exemplary record of previous scholarly achievement and a research proposal that promises to enrich the relevant field of study.

Elinor Accampo
Professor Emerita of History

Marjorie Becker
Associate Professor of History and English

Judith Bennett
Professor Emerita of History and John R. Hubbard Chair in British History Emerita

Susanna Berger
Associate Professor of Art History and Philosophy

Lisa Bitel
Dean’s Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and History

Daniela Bleichmar
Professor of Art History and History

Joseph Boone
Gender Studies Professor in Media and Gender and Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Leo Braudy
University Professor, Professor of English and Art History, and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature

Cavan Concannon
Professor of Religion

Stephen Finlay
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

Richard Fox
Professor of History

Jason Glenn
Associate Professor of History

Lawrence Green
Professor Emeritus of English

Jennifer Greenhill
Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History

Sarah M.A. Gualtieri
Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, History and Middle East Studies

Deborah Harkness
Professor (Teaching) of History

Cynthia Herrup
Professor Emerita of History and John R. Hubbard Chair in British History Emerita

Janet Hoskins
Professor of Anthropology and Religion

Heather James
Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Sonya Lee
Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages and Cultures and Religion

Rebecca Lemon
Professor of English

Paul Lerner
Professor of History

Frank Lewis
Professor Emeritus of Philosophy

Megan Luke
Associate Professor of Art History

Nancy Lutkehaus
Professor of Anthropology and Political Science

Carolyn Malone
Professor of Art History

Mark Marino
Professor (Teaching) of Writing

James Mchugh
Professor of Religion

Lori Meeks
Associate Professor of Religion and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Viet Nguyen
University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature

John Pollini
USC Associates Professor in Art History and Professor of Art History, History and Classics

Margaret Rosenthal
Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature

Jay Rubenstein
Professor of History

Kelsey Rubin-Detlev
Assistant Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures

Hilary Schor
Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Law

Bruce Smith
Dean’s Professor of English and Professor of English and Theatre

Mengxiao Wang
Assistant Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Ann Marie Yasin
Associate Professor of Art History and Classics

Jessica (Xiaomin) Zu
Assistant Professor of Religion

Guggenheim Fellowship Recipients

John Smith Guggenheim Memorial Foundation badge with 1925 in the centerGuggenheim Fellowships are awarded to men and women who have demonstrated exceptional scholarly productivity or artistic achievement. These “midcareer” awards are intended to support gifted scholars and artists and provide them with as much creative freedom as possible.

The selection process is rigorous and the competition is fierce. Despite receiving nearly 4,000 applications each year, the Guggenheim Foundation is only able to grant approximately 220 fellowships annually.

Judith Bennett
Professor Emerita of History and John R. Hubbard Chair in British History Emerita

Susanna Berger
Associate Professor of Art History and Philosophy

Lisa Bitel
Dean’s Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and History

Joseph Boone
Gender Studies Professor in Media and Gender and Professor of English and Comparative Literature

TC Boyle
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Writer in Residence Emeritus

Leo Braudy
University Professor, Professor of English and Art History, and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature

Richard Easterlin
University Professor Emeritus of Economics

Percival Everett
Distinguished Professor of English Professor of History

Richard Fox
Professor Emerita of History

Karen Halttunen
Professor (Teaching) of History

Deborah Harkness
Professor Emeritus of English and Aerol Arnold

Jim Kincaid
Professor Emeritus of English

Teh-Lung Ku
Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences

Gayla Margolin
Professor of Psychology and Pediatrics

Norman Miller
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Mendel B. Silberberg

M. Susan Montgomery
Professor Emeritus of Social Psychology

Brighde Mullins
Professor of Mathematics

Kenneth Nealson
Professor of the Practice of English

Manuel Pastor

Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences

John Pollini
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity and Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change

Margaret Russett
USC Associates Professor in Art History and Professor of Art History, History and Classics Professor of English

Hilary Schor
Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Law

Vanessa Schwartz
Professor of Art History and History

Bruce Smith
Dean’s Professor of English and Professor of English and Theatre

Jacob Soll
University Professor and Professor of Philosophy, History and Accounting

David St. John
University Professor and Professor of English and Comparative Literature

David Treuer
Professor of English

Michael Waterman
University Professor Emeritus

MacArthur Fellows

The Macarthuer Fellowship logo text with pink and purple gradientMacArthur Fellowships are presented to especially promising scholars and professionals based on originality, insight and potential. Each year, the MacArthur Foundation awards approximately 20 to 30 of these $500,000 fellowships.

Nicknamed “the Genius Grant,” this fellowship is intended as an investment in the creative powers of the recipient and is designed to have as few restrictions as possible. The purpose of the Fellows Program “is to enable recipients to exercise their own creative instincts for the benefit of human society.”

The MacArthur Foundation solicits nominations from established experts in a variety of scholarly and professional fields and does not accept unsolicited nominations.

Natalia Molina
Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Dean’s Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

Maggie Nelson
Professor of English

Viet Thanh Nguyen
University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature

Jay Rubenstein
Professor of History

Jacob Soll
University Professor and Professor of Philosophy, History and Accounting

National Academy Members

National Academy of Sciences
The National Academy of Sciences was established in 1863 with the twin goals of promoting science for the benefit of the public and to provide independent counsel to the United States government on science and technology issues that affect policy decisions.

Election to the Academy recognizes distinguished achievements in original scientific research and is widely considered one of the highest honors a scientist can receive. Only members are allowed to nominate scholars for election and successful nominations must pass an extensive and careful vetting process. Only 84 new members can be elected annually.

National Academy of Engineering
Under the authority of its charter, the National Academy of Sciences established the National Academy of Engineering in 1964. Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer.

Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature” and to the “pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing and implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.”

Institute of Medicine
Established in 1970 as the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine is an independent, nonprofit organization that works outside of government to provide unbiased and authoritative advice to decision makers and the public. Tasked with the responsibility to ask and answer the nation’s most pressing health questions, the Institute of Medicine is one of the country’s highest independent authorities on medicine, medical science and health policy.

For those at the top of their field, membership in the Institute reflects the highest levels of distinguished achievement, committed service, and the willingness and ability to help the Institute further its mission. Nominations are confidential and can only be initiated by existing members familiar with the scholarship and service of the prospective member. Membership is very selective as only 70 members can be elected each year.

Helen Berman
Professor (Research) of Quantitative and Computational Biology

Richard Easterlin
University Professor Emeritus of Economics

Scott Fraser
Provost Professor of Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Physiology and Biophysics, Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Pediatrics, Radiology, Ophthalmology and Quantitative and Computational Biology

Murray Gell-Mann
Presidential Professor of Physics and Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Physics and Astronomy

Ernest Greene
Professor of Psychology

Tom Jordan
University Professor, William M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and Professor of Earth Sciences

Steve Kay
University Professor, Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Quantitative and Computational Biology, Director of Convergent Bioscience

Andrew McMahon
University Professor, W.M. Keck Provost Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Biological Sciences and Quantitative and Computational Biology

Shrikanth Narayanan
University Professor, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science; Professor of Linguistics, Psychology and Neuroscience; Professor of Pediatrics, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery; and Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering

Larry Swanson
University Professor, Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology

Simon Tavare
Professor Emeritus of Quantitative and Computational Biology

Mark Thompson
University Professor, Ray R. Irani, Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

John Vidale
Dean’s Professor of Earth Sciences

Arieh Warshel
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Quantitative and Computational Biology and Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry

Michael Waterman
University Professor Emeritus

National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship Recipients

National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities logo with government seal Alongside the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) was established in 1965 as an independent federal agency designed to promote excellence in the humanities and to encourage the public to take notice of humanistic endeavors. It is one of the largest benefactors of the humanities in the United States.

Fellowships are awarded to individuals conducting advanced research that may be of value to scholars, the general public, or both. Fellowships support six to twelve months of continuous, full-time research, and recipients are expected to produce a project with cultural value that the NEH can make available to the largest possible audience.

Elinor Accampo
Professor Emerita of History

Marjorie Becker
Associate Professor of History and English

Judith Bennett
Professor Emerita of History and John R. Hubbard Chair in British History Emerita

Bettine Birge
Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures and History

Lisa Bitel
Dean’s Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and History

Leo Braudy
University Professor, Professor of English and Art History, and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature

Alice Baumgartner
Associate Professor of History

Vincent Farenga
Professor Emeritus of Classics and Comparative Literature

Stephen Finlay
Adjunct Professor of Philosophy

Joan Flores-Villalobos
Assistant Professor of History

Lawrence Green
Professor Emeritus of English

Jennifer Greenhill
Adjunct Associate Professor of Art History

Sarah M.A. Gualtieri
Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, History and Middle East Studies

Karen Halttunen
Professor Emerita of History

Cynthia Herrup
Professor Emerita of History and John R. Hubbard Chair in British History Emerita

Janet Hoskins
Professor of Anthropology and Religion

Jacques Hymans
Associate Professor of International Relations

Heather James
Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Saori N. Katada
Professor of International Relations

Paul Knoll
Professor Emeritus of History

Dorinne Kondo
Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Anthropology

Lon Kurashige
Professor of History and Spatial Sciences

Megan Luke
Associate Professor of Art History

Nancy Lutkehaus
Professor of Anthropology and Political Science

Peter Mancall
Distinguished Professor, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute and Professor of History, Anthropology, and Economics

Jessica Marglin
Ruth Ziegler Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion, Law and History

Maya Maskarinec
Associate Professor of History

James Mchugh
Professor of Religion

Tania Modleski
Professor Emerita of English

Natalia Molina
Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Dean’s Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

Nathan Perl-Rosenthal
Professor of History, Spatial Sciences, French and Italian and Law

John Pollini
USC Associates Professor in Art History and Professor of Art History, History and Classics

Alexandre Roberts
Associate Professor of Classics and History

Margaret Rosenthal
Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature

Steve Ross
Distinguished Professor, Dean’s Professor of History, Myron and Marian Casden Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of Jewish Role in American Life and Professor of History

Jay Rubenstein
Professor of History

George Sanchez
Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and History

Hilary Schor
Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Law

Bruce Smith
Dean’s Professor of English and Professor of English and Theatre University

Jacob Soll
Professor and Professor of Philosophy, History and Accounting

David Treuer
Professor of English

James Van Cleve
Professor of Philosophy

Kadri Vihvelin
Professor of Philosophy

Ellen Wayland-Smith
Associate Professor (Teaching) of Writing

Sabina Zonno
Adjunct Lecturer

Nobel Prize Recipients

The Nobel Prize text logo in goldEach year Nobel Prizes are awarded for achievement in physiology or medicine, physics, chemistry, literature and peace. In 1968 the Sveriges Riksbank Prize in Economic Sciences in Memory of Alfred Nobel was also established in close association with the Nobel Prizes.

Widely considered the most prestigious international accolades in their respective fields, the Nobel Prizes are awarded to those who “have conferred the greatest benefit on mankind.”

Each year, the Nobel committees invite a select number of scholars, scientists, elected officials and previous Nobel Prize recipients to submit candidates for consideration. The winners receive a medal, a diploma and a cash prize.

Murray Gell-Mann
Presidential Professor of Physics and Medicine and Professor of Medicine and Physics and Astronomy

Arieh Warshel
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Quantitative and Computational Biology and Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry

Royal Society Fellows

Based in the UK, The Royal Society is the oldest scientific society in continuous existence. Eminent scientists, engineers and technologists are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. Fellowship is reserved for those that have made “a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science.” Each year, 44 Fellows and eight Foreign Members are elected.

Simon Tavare
Professor Emeritus of Quantitative and Computational Biology

Dornsife Dean's Professors

USC Seal logo in blackDean’s Professorships are reserved only for those faculty members who have the most distinguished record of accomplishment. They are awarded to USC Dornsife faculty who have made outstanding scholarly contributions in their fields and have been exemplary in both teaching and service. Such appointments will be rare, as befits this high honor within Dornsife.

Nominations for Dean’s Professorships will arise from the academic domain deans or from other senior leadership within Dornsife and will be assessed in consultation with tenured Dornsife faculty. Appointments as Dean’s Professor will be made for a three-year term.

Lisa Bitel
Dean’s Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and History

Moh El-Naggar
Dean’s Professor of Physics and Astronomy and Professor of Physics and Chemistry

Eric Friedlander
Dean’s Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics

Patrick James
Dean’s Professor of International Relations and Professor of International Relations

Peter Kuhn
University Professor, Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Urology

Daphna Oyserman
Dean’s Professor of Psychology

Steve Ross
Distinguished Professor, Dean’s Professor of History, Myron and Marian Casden Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of Jewish Role in American Life and Professor of History

Bruce Smith
Dean’s Professor of English and Professor of English and Theatre

John Vidale
Dean’s Professor of Earth Sciences

USC Distinguished Professors

Awarded on a very selective basis to those few professors in the University who have brought special renown to the University through their accomplishments

Leonard M. Adleman
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and holder of the Henry Salvatori Chair in Computer Science

Norman Arnheim
Professor Emeritus of Biological Sciences

Lourdes Baezconde-Garbanati
Distinguished Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences

Aimee Bender
Distinguished Professor of English

TC Boyle
Distinguished Professor Emeritus of English and Writer in Residence Emeritus

Paula Cannon
Distinguished Professor of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Pinchas Cohen
Distinguished Professor of Gerontology, Medicine, and Biological Sciences

Percival Everett
Distinguished Professor of English

Susan L Forsburg
Distinguished Professor of Biological Sciences

Inderbir Gill
Distinguished Professor of Urology, and holder of the Hanson-White Chair in Medical Research

Genevieve Giuliano
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy

Dana Goldman
Dean, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy; Distinguished Professor of Pharmacy, Public Policy, and Economics; C. Erwin and Ione L. Piper Dean’s Chair; and Co-Director of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics

Mark Jonathan Harris
Distinguished Professor of Cinematic Arts

Velina Hasu Houston
Distinguished Professor of Theatre in Dramatic Writing

Sherman Jackson
Distinguished Professor, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity

Behrokh Khoshnevis
Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Astronautics, and Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and holder of the Louise L. Dunn Endowed Professorship in Engineering

C.-C. Jay Kuo
Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and holder of the William M. Hogue Professorship in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Edward E. Lawler, III
Distinguished Research Professor of Business

Caryn Lerman
Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Psychology and holder of the H. Leslie Hoffman and Elaine S. Hoffman Chair in Cancer Research

Peter Mancall
Distinguished Professor, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute and Professor of History, Anthropology, and Economics

Maja J. Matarić
Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Pediatrics, and holder of the Chan Soon-Shiong Chair in Computer Science

Mahta Moghaddam
Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holder of the Ming Hsieh Chair in Electrical and Computer Engineering

Natalia Molina
Distinguished Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Dean’s Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity

Pedro Noguera
Distinguished Professor of Education and holder of the Emery Stoops and Joyce King Stoops Dean’s Chair in Education

Jong-Shi Pang
Distinguished Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Manuel Pastor
Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity and Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change

Hashem Pesaran
Distinguished Professor of Economics, John Elliott Distinguished Chair in Economics

Surya Prakash
Distinguished Professor, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Steve Ross
Distinguished Professor, Dean’s Professor of History, Myron and Marian Casden Director of the Casden Institute for the Study of Jewish Role in American Life, and Professor of History

Elyn Saks
Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatry and the Behavioral Sciences and holder of the Orrin B. Evans Professorship of Law

Scott Soames
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy

Vaughn A. Starnes
Distinguished Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery, and holder of the H. Russell Smith Foundation Chair for Stem Cell and Cardiovascular Thoracic Research

Arieh Warshel
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Quantitative and Computational Biology and Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry

Alan E. Willner
Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and holder of the Steven and Kathryn Sample Chair in Engineering

USC University Professors

Awarded to a small number of professors who, because of their multi-disciplinary interests and significant accomplishments in several disciplines, qualify for an appointment that transcends any single field of study. Generally, a faculty member accorded this title also has a tenured faculty appointment in a specific academic unit.

Leo Braudy
University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and Professor of
English, Art History and History

Thomas Buchanan
University Professor, Professor of Medicine, and holder of the Bernard J. Hanley Chair in Medicine

Manuel Castells
University Professor, Wallis Annenberg Chair of Communication Techonology and Society and Professor of Communication, Sociology, Planning, and International Relations

Yang Chai
University Professor, George and MaryLou Boone Professor of Craniofacial Molecular Biology

Geoffrey Cowan
University Professor, Professor of Communication, and holder of the Annenberg Family Chair in Communication Leadership

Eileen Crimmins
University Professor, Professor of Gerontology, and holder of the AARP Chair in Gerontology

Antonio Damasio
University Professor, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy and Neurology, and David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience

Hanna Damasio
University Professor, Professor of Psychology and Neurology, and Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience

Richard Easterlin
University Professor Emeritus of Economics

Lee Epstein
University Professor, Provost Professor of Law and Political Science

Caleb Finch
University Professor, ARCO/William F. Kieschnick Chair in the Neurobiology of Aging and Professor of Gerontology, Biological Sciences, Anthropology, and Psychology

Shaun Harper
University Professor, Provost Professor of Management and Organization, and holder of the Clifford and Betty Allen Chair in Urban Leadership

Mark S. Humayun
University Professor, Professor of Ophthalmology, Biomedical Engineering, and Cell and Neurobiology, and holder of the Cornelius J. Pings Chair in Biomedical Sciences

Tom Jordan
University Professor, William M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and Professor of Earth Sciences

Steve Kay
University Professor, Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Quantitative and Computational Biology, Director of Convergent Bioscience

Peter Kuhn
University Professor, Dean’s Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences, Medicine, Biomedical Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Urology

Akira Lippit
University Professor, The T.C. Wang Family Endowed Chair in Cinematic Arts, Professor of Cinema and Media Studies, Comparative Literature, and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Andrew McMahon
University Professor, W.M. Keck Provost Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine, Biological Sciences and Quantitative and Computational Biology

Azad Madni
University Professor, Professor of Astronautics, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and Education

Shrikanth Narayanan
University Professor, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science; Professor of Linguistics, Psychology and Neuroscience; Professor of Pediatrics, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery; and Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering

Viet Thanh Nguyen
University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature

Hanna Reisler
University Professor, Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. Chair for Science and Engineering, and Professor of Chemistry

Jean C. Shih
University Professor, Professor of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and holder of the Boyd P. and Elsie D. Welin Chair in Molecular Pharmacology and Toxicology

Jacob Soll
University Professor and Professor of Philosophy, History and Accounting

David St. John
University Professor and Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Larry Swanson
University Professor, Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology

Shanghua Teng
University Professor, Professor of Computer Science and Mathematics, and holder of the Seeley G. Mudd Professorship of Engineering

Mark Thompson
University Professor, Ray R. Irani, Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Michael Waterman
University Professor Emeritus

Berislav Zlokovic
University Professor, Professor of Physiology and Neuroscience, and holder of the Mary Hayley and Selim Zilkha Chair in Alzheimer’s Disease Research

Provost Professors

Provost Professors are outstanding interdisciplinary scholars appointed by the provost. They contribute to the university by attracting excellent faculty and graduate students while adding significantly to the culture of interdisciplinary research and education that is a hallmark of academic life at USC.

Wändi Bruine de Bruin
Provost Professor of Public Policy, Psychology and Behavioral Science

Kate Flint
Provost Professor of English and Art History

Scott Fraser
Provost Professor of Biological Sciences and Biomedical Engineering

Shaun Harper
Provost Professor of Education and Business

Henry Jenkins
Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts

Jeffery Jenkins
Provost Professor of Public Policy, Political Science, and Law

Steve Kay
Provost Professor of Neurology, Biology and Biomedical Engineering

Gianluca Lazzi
Provost Professor of Ophthalmology and Electrical Engineering

Pat Levitt
W.M. Keck Provost Professor of Neurogenetics, Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Pharmacy

Enrique Martínez Celaya
Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts

Andrew P. McMahon
University Professor, W.M. Keck Provost Professor, and Chair of Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine and Biological Sciences

Norbert Schwarz
Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing

Arthur Toga
Provost Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences, Radiology, and Biomedical Engineering

Wendy Wood
Provost Professor of Psychology and Business

USC Endowed Chairs/USC Endowed Professorships

Awarded to a distinguished faculty member in a specific discipline who is supported wholly or in part by funds given for this purpose. This designation is generally made on a one-year or other short-term basis, subject to renewal depending on the practice and customs of the school in which the appointment is made.

USC Endowed Chairs

Joshua Aizenman
Robert R. and Katheryn A. Dockson Chair in Economics and International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Economics

Joe Arvai
Dana and David Dornsife Chair, Wrigley Institute Director and Professor of Psychology, Biological Sciences and Environmental Studies

Leo Braudy
University Professor, Professor of English and Art History, and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature

Douglas Capone
William and Julie Wrigley Chair in Environmental Studies and Professor of Biological Sciences

Vadim Cherezov
Ester Dornsife Chair in Biological Sciences and Professor of Chemistry

Antonio Damasio
University Professor, Professor of Psychology, Philosophy and Neurology, and David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience

Hanna Damasio
University Professor, Professor of Psychology and Neurology, and Dana Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience

Jed Fuhrman
McCulloch-Crosby Chair in Marine Biology and Professor of Biological Sciences

Anne Goldgar
Garrett and Anne Van Hunnick Chair in European History

Wolf Gruner
Shapell-Guerin Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of History

Sofia Gruskin
Distinguished Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences, Law and Spatial Sciences

John Hawthorne
Provost Professor of Philosophy and Linda MacDonald Hilf Chair in Philosophy

Jennifer Hook
Florence Everline Professor of Sociology and Professor of Sociology

David Hutchins
George and Louise Kawamoto Chair in Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences

Sherman Jackson
Distinguished Professor, King Faisal Chair in Islamic Thought and Culture and Professor of Religion and American Studies and Ethnicity

Tom Jordan
University Professor, William M. Keck Foundation Chair in Geological Sciences and Professor of Earth Sciences

Jane Junn
USC Associates Chair in Social Sciences and Professor of Political Science and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Steve Kay
University Professor, Provost Professor of Neurology, Biomedical Engineering and Quantitative and Computational Biology, Director of Convergent Bioscience

Carly Kenkel
Wilford and Daris Zinsmeyer Early Career Chair in Marine Studies and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences

Jim Kincaid
Professor Emeritus of English and Aerol Arnold Professor Emeritus of English

Anna Krylov
USC Associates Chair in Natural Sciences and Professor of Chemistry

Emily Liman
Harold Dornsife Chair in Neurosciences and Professor of Biological Sciences

Jessica Marglin
Ruth Ziegler Chair in Jewish Studies and Professor of Religion, Law and History

Edward McCaffery
Robert C. Packard Trustee Chair in Law and Professor of Law, Political Science and Economics

Amber Miller
Anna H. Bing Dean’s Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences and Professor of Physics and Astronomy

Ciruce Movahedi-Lankarani
Farhang Foundation Chair in Iranian Studies and Assistant Professor of Middle East Studies

Shrikanth Narayanan
University Professor, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Computer Science; Professor of Linguistics, Psychology and Neuroscience; Professor of Pediatrics, Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery; and Niki and C. L. Max Nikias Chair in Engineering

Viet Thanh Nguyen
University Professor, Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature

Manuel Pastor
Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change

Hashem Pesaran
Distinguished Professor of Economics, John Elliott Distinguished Chair in Economics

Nicos Petasis
Harold E. and Lillian M. Moulton Chair in Organic and Polymer Chemistry

Joan Piggott
Gordon L. MacDonald Chair in History and Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures

Surya Prakash
Distinguished Professor, George A. and Judith A. Olah Nobel Laureate Chair in Hydrocarbon Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Peter Redfield
Robert F. Erburu Chair in Ethics, Globalization and Development and Professor of Anthropology

Hanna Reisler
University Professor, Professor of Chemistry, and Lloyd Armstrong, Jr. Chair for Science and Engineering

Wayne Sandholtz
John A. McCone Chair in International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Law

Robert Shrum
Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics and Professor of the Practice of Political Science

Gale Sinatra
Distinguished Professor of Education and Psychology

Mark Thompson
University Professor, Ray R. Irani, Chairman of Occidental Petroleum Corporation, Chair in Chemistry and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Arieh Warshel
Distinguished Professor of Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and Quantitative and Computational Biology and Dana and David Dornsife Chair in Chemistry

Curt Wittig
Paul A. Miller Chair in Letters, Arts and Sciences and Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry

USC Endowed Professorships

Joseph Boone
Gender Studies Professor in Media and Gender and Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Dave Caron
USC Associates Captain Allan Hancock Chair in Marine Science and Professor of Biological Sciences

Alice Echols
Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Kate Flint
Provost Professor of Art History and English

James Heft
Alton M. Brooks Professor of Religion

Dana Johnson
Florence R. Scott Professor of English

Matthew Kahn
Provost Professor of Economics and Spatial Sciences

David Kang
Maria Crutcher Professor in International Relations and Professor of International Relations and Business

Peter Mancall
Distinguished Professor, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities, Linda and Harlan Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute and Professor of History, Anthropology, and Economics

Enrique Celaya Martinez
Provost Professor of Humanities and Arts

Donald Miller
Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion

Norman Miller
Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Mendel B. Silberberg Professor Emeritus of Social Psychology

Lydie Moudileno
Marion Frances Chevalier Professor of French and Professor of French and American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature

Rhacel Parrenas
Florence Everline Professor of Sociology and Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies

John Pollini
USC Associates Professor in Art History and Professor of Art History, History and Classics

Stephen Read
Mendel B. Silberberg Professor of Social Psychology and Professor of Psychology

John Carlos Rowe
USC Associates Chair in Humanities and Professor of English, American Studies and Ethnicity and Comparative Literature

Larry Swanson
University Professor, Appleman Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Biological Sciences and Psychology

Norbert Schwarz
Provost Professor of Psychology and Marketing