The History Department is pleased to welcome all new members of the Trojan Family.  Here, we shine a light on a few of the accomplishments of new additions to our wonderful department.  Fight on!


 The History Department Welcomes

Edgardo Pérez Morales -

Assistant Professor of Latin American History



Edgardo Pérez Morales is a historian of Latin America and the Caribbean, studying Colombia and its early modern intersections with the Antilles and the Atlantic. After majoring in History at Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Medellín), Edgardo received his MA in Cultural Studies from Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar (Quito, Ecuador) and a PhD in History from the University of Michigan. Edgardo works on the connected histories of slavery and emancipation, race and religion, the land and the sea, and environments and cultures. His forthcoming book No Limits to Their Sway: Cartagena’s Privateers and the Masterless Caribbean in the Age of Revolutions (Vanderbilt University Press) tells the story of the first anti-Spanish privateering project ever put together in revolutionary Spanish America. By looking at Cartagena de Indias’ multinational and pluriethnic seafarers during the Napoleonic era, this book sheds new light on the hemispheric and maritime interdependencies of South American Independence. Edgardo is the author of La obra de Dios y el trabajo del Hombre. Percepción y transformación de la naturaleza en el virreinato del Nuevo Reino de Granada (Colombia, 2012). He comes to USC after three years as a faculty fellow at New York University.

  The History Department Welcomes

Peter Sachs Collopy



Peter Sachs Collopy is a historian of American science, technology, and media who received his Ph.D. in History and Sociology of Science from the University of Pennsylvania. His current book project concerns how artists, scientists, and political activists used the new technology of videotape in the 1960s and 1970s, interpreting it as both a political weapon and a medium of collective human consciousness. His research places this countercultural effervescence in a transnational history in which American occupations at the end of World War II facilitated the transfer of magnetic tape recording first from Germany to California and then to Japan. It also sets contemporary digital media within this historical trajectory, demonstrating how ideas about the ethereality and democratizing power of electronic media emerged from engagements with earlier magnetic recording technologies. Collopy’s work has been supported by a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation, and has received the Forum for History of Human Science’s John C. Burnham Early Career Award. He is currently a Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Digital Humanities at USC.

The History Department Welcomes

Adam Goodman


Welcome Adam Goodman!


Adam Goodman is a scholar of migration interested in the interconnected histories of people throughout the Americas. He received his Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania. Goodman's current book project explores the rise of the deportation regime and the expulsion of Mexicans from the United States since the 1940s. The project incorporates a transnational approach, using English- and Spanish-language archival sources and oral histories from the United States and Mexico to explore the political, institutional, and social history of deportation over the last seven decades. It also sheds new light on contemporary expulsion efforts by situating them within the longer history of migration control. Goodman’s work has been supported by a Miller Center National Fellowship, Fulbright-García Robles Fellowship, National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar on “Rethinking International Migration,” and the Immigration and Ethnic History Society’s George E. Pozzetta Dissertation Award. His articles and essays on U.S. and Mexican politics, migration, and deportation have appeared in academic venues like the Journal of American Ethnic History, and popular outlets such as The Nation and The Washington Post. 

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