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Welcome Incoming Faculty

USC Dornsife welcomed 19 new faculty members for the 2013-14 academic year. Hailing from universities around the world, this year’s group of scholars are some of the best and brightest in the nation, bringing with them years of experience and research in a wide range of disciplines.

The new faculty members join departments including biological sciences, chemistry, economics, English, French and Italian, physics and astronomy, political science, philosophy, psychology, religion and sociology.

Their research interests range from 19th and 20th century Italian literature to computational, behavioral and neuroimaging techniques. The group includes a world-renowned economist; an Operation Desert Storm veteran who focuses her research on the impact of military-to-military exchange programs on civil-military relations; an expert on Buddhism-state relations in China; and a pair of psychologists who will found the USC Mind and Society Center in USC Dornsife.

Read more about USC Dornsife’s new faculty at


Gian Maria Annovi
French and Italian

Carol Atkinson
International Relations

James Boedicker
Physics and Astronomy

Rosa Di Felice
Physics and Astronomy

Brian Karl Finch

John Hawthorne

S. Andrew Hires
Biological Sciences

Arie Kapteyn

Rongdao Lai

Ellen Leggett

Naomi Levine
Biological Sciences and Earth Sciences

Smaranda Marinescu

Daniel A. Nation

Ann Owens

Daphna Oyserman
Psychology, Education and Communication

Jonathan Quong

Elda María Román

Norbert Schwarz
Psychology and Marketing

Jason Zevin
Psychology and Linguistics