Political Science

Von KleinSmid Center 327
(213) 740-6998
FAX: (213) 740-8893
Email: posc@dornsife.usc.edu

Interim Chair: Dennis Chong, Ph.D.


Rader Family Trustee Chair in Law and Provost Professor of Law and Political Science: Lee Epstein, Ph.D.

Provost Professor of Business, Law, and Political Economy: Mathew D. McCubbins, Ph.D. (Public Policy)

Professors: Dennis Chong, Ph.D.; Terry Cooper, Ph.D. (Public Policy); Ann Crigler, Ph.D.*; Richard H. Dekmejian, Ph.D.; Mary Dudziak, Ph.D. (Law); Susan Estrich, J.D. (Law); Philip Ethington, Ph.D. (History); James Ferris, Ph.D. (Public Policy); Elizabeth Garrett, J.D. (Law); Howard Gillman, Ph.D.; Elizabeth Graddy, Ph.D. (Public Policy); Thomas Hollihan, Ph.D. (Communication); Jane Junn, Ph.D.; Sharon Lloyd, Ph.D. (Philosophy); Nancy Lutkehaus, Ph.D. (Anthropology); John Matsusaka, Ph.D. (Finance and Business Economics); Dan Mazmanian, Ph.D. (Public Policy); Edward McCaffery, J.D. (Law); Glenn Melnick, Ph.D. (Public Policy); Michael B. Preston, Ph.D.*; Robert Rasmussen, J.D. (Law); Alison D. Renteln, Ph.D.*; Stanley Rosen, Ph.D.*; Eliz Sanasarian, Ph.D.*; Edwin Smith, J.D. (Law); Shui Yan Tang, Ph.D. (Public Policy); Ernest J. Wilson III, Ph.D. (Communication); Priscilla Wohlstetter, Ph.D. (Education)

Associate Professors: John E. Barnes, Ph.D.*; Ange-Marie Hancock, Ph.D.; Juliet Musso, Ph.D. (Public Policy); Leland Saito, Ph.D. (Sociology); Jefferey M. Sellers, Ph.D.; Janelle Wong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professors: Christian Grose, Ph.D.; Diane O’Brien, Ph.D.; Nicholas Weller, Ph.D.

Professors of the Practice: Mark Bernstein, Ph.D.; Bill Lockyer, J.D.

Assistant Professors (Teaching): Arthur Auerbach, Ph.D.; Anthony Kammas, Ph.D.; Andrew Manning, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of the Practice: Daniel Schnur, B.A.

Adjunct Assistant Professors: William Fahey, J.D.; Kerman Maddox, M.P.A.; George Newhouse Jr., J.D.; Olu K. Orange, J.D.; William Simon Jr., J.D.; Darry Sragow, J.D.

Emeritus Professors: Carl Q. Christol, Ph.D., LL.B., LL.D. (Hon.)*; John R. Schmidhauser, 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 Political Science and International Relations/Juris Doctor with the USC Gould School of Law.