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Political Science

Von KleinSmid Center 327
(213) 740-6998
FAX: (213) 740-8893

Chair: Ann N. Crigler, Ph.D.*


Anna H. Bing Dean's Chair in the College of Letters, Arts and Sciences: Howard Gillman, Ph.D. (Political Science, History and Law)

USC Associates Chair in Social Science: Mark E. Kann, Ph.D.*

Professors: Terry Cooper, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning and Development); Ann Crigler, Ph.D.; Richard H. Dekmejian, Ph.D.; Mary Dudziak, J.D. (Law); Susan Estrich, J.D. (Law); James Ferris, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning, and Development); Elizabeth Garrett, J.D. (Law); Tom Gilligan, Ph.D. (Business); Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning and Development); Nora Hamilton, Ph.D.; Thomas Hollihan, Ph.D. (Communication); Sharon Lloyd, Ph.D. (Philosophy); John Matsusaka, Ph.D. (Finance and Business Economics); Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning, and Development); Edward McCaffery, J.D. (Law); Glenn Melnick, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning, and Development); Michael B. Preston, Ph.D.*; Alison D. Renteln, Ph.D.*; Stanley Rosen, Ph.D.*; Eliz Sanasarian, Ph.D.*; Edwin Smith, J.D. (Law); Matthew Spitzer, J.D. (Law); Shui Yan Tang, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning, and Development); Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D. (Education)

Associate Professors: John E. Barnes, Ph.D.*; Kareem U. Crayton, J.D. (Law); Ange-Marie Hancock, Ph.D.; Juliet Musso, Ph.D. (Policy, Planning, and Development); Leland Saito, Ph.D. (Sociology); Jefferey M. Sellers, Ph.D.; Marita Sturken, Ph.D. (Communication); Janelle Staci Wong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Ricardo Ramirez, Ph.D.; Apichai Shipper, Ph.D.; Nicholas Weller, Ph.D.

Adjunct Assistant Professor: Olu K. Orange, J.D.

Emeritus Professors: Carl Q. Christol, Ph.D., L.L.B., L.L.D. (Hon.)*; John R. Schmidhauser, Ph.D.; George O. Totten III, Ph.D.

Emeritus Associate Professor: Joseph L. Nyomarkay, Ph.D.*

*Recipient of university-wide or college teaching award.

The Department of Political Science divides political science into four broad fields: American politics, political thought, comparative politics, and law and public policy. The department offers regional specialization in six areas: Latin America, East Asia, Western Europe, Russia and Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. The Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics provides local internships for students as part of their course work or as independent study (see here).

Degree Programs

The Department of Political Science offers: the B.A.; minors in political science; law and society; race, ethnicity and politics; human rights; and political organizing in the digital age. The department also offers M.A. and Ph.D. degrees under the jurisdiction of the Graduate School, as well as a dual Ph.D. in Politics and International Relations/Juris Doctor with the USC Gould School of Law.