James Condon

Professor (Teaching) of Writing
James Condon
Email condonvi@usc.edu Office JEF 258 Office Phone (213) 740-1980


James Condon joined the USC Writing Program in 2010. He has taught Introduction to College Writing in USC’s Summer Bridge Program, Writing and Critical Reasoning in the lower-division context on topics such as technology and sustainability, and upper-division composition courses with emphases in the Arts & Humanities and Social Sciences. He has also helped design and run the Writing Program’s summer professional development program and semester-long teaching practicum for graduate students new to teaching writing at USC.  

In 2012, he received a Teaching with Technology grant from USC’s Center for Scholarly Technology, and was designated a “Master Teacher” by the Writing Program mentoring committee in 2013 and 2014. In 2015, he was presented the Writing and Critical Reasoning Award by USC’s Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. He won the Dornsife General Education Writing Award in 2020.

He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside in 2010, serving as the Assistant Director of Basic Writing during his final year. There, he specialized in Early Modern drama, particularly the revenge tragedy genre. His work has appeared in Medieval and Renaissance Drama in England and The St. Martin’s Guide to Writing: Instructor’s Resource Manual, and he has presented papers at the Conference on College Composition and Communication, the Southwest Popular / American Culture Association, the Shakespeare Association of America, and the Renaissance Conference of Southern California. His scholarly interests include writing pedagogy education, advanced writing curricula, and the intersection of composition and academic labor.


  • Ph.D. English, University of California, Riverside, 12/2009
  • M.A. English, California State University, Sacramento, 6/2004
  • B.A. English, University of California, Davis, 6/2001
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