Associate professor of critical studies at the USC School of Cinema-Television, Todd Boyd is a leading expert on popular culture. He has written pioneering works on race, media, sports and hip hop culture, including Young, Black, Rich and Famous: The Rise of the NBA, the Hip Hop Invasion and the Transformation of American Culture (2003) and Am I Black Enough for You? Popular Culture from the ’Hood and Beyond (1997). Boyd is a frequent commentator on National Public Radio and national TV news programs.
Distinguished Professor of English at
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, T.C. Boyle established the creative writing program at USC. He is the celebrated author of 19 works of fiction, including Drop City (2003), cited as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, and World’s End (1988), winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. Boyle’s 1995 novel, The Tortilla Curtain, has become a modern classic, taught in many U.S. high schools and universities. His latest novel is San Miguel (2012).
Holder of the David Dornsife Chair in Neuroscience, Antonio Damasio is a professor of psychology and neurology.
He is also co-founder and director of the
Brain and Creativity Institute at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Internationally recognized for his work in neuroscience, Damasio helped determine the neural basis for the emotions and demonstrated that emotions play a central role in social cognition and decision-making. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Chair of the strings department at the
USC Thornton School of Music, and holder of the Jascha Heifetz Chair in Violin, Midori Goto is an internationally renowned violinist. Her dazzling technique, lustrous tone and authoritative interpretations are acclaimed by critics worldwide. At USC, she founded the Midori Center for Community Engagement, which trains music students to engage audiences beyond the concert hall. Her interdisciplinary approach combines instrumental instruction with an emphasis on students’ development as human beings and musicians.
Velina Hasu Houston
Professor, director of dramatic writing
and associate dean of faculty at the
USC School of Theatre, Velina Hasu Houston is a specialist in Pan-Asian American feminist dramatic literature. Her plays, including the critically acclaimed Tea, have been produced at leading theatres in the United States and Japan. Houston is also a poet and essayist, and the editor of two anthologies of plays by Asian Americans. Her awards include two Rockefeller Foundation Playwriting Fellowships and three James H. Zumberge Research and Innovation Fund grants.
Steven L. Lamy
Professor of international relations at
Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Lamy specializes in analysis of the foreign policy of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Western Europe, and the moral dimensions of international relations. Recipient of many teaching awards, he founded the Teaching International Relations Program, which provides opportunities for undergraduates to broaden the global awareness of local high school students. Lamy has served as a consultant to the National Security Education Program, U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of Education.
Professor of computer science and neuroscience, Matarić is founding director of the Center for Robotics and Embedded Systems at USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Her current projects include robots that can assist elderly, convalescent and disabled individuals, and multi-robot systems that can provide emergency assistance. She is also developing robotics curricula for grades K–12. Recipient of many prestigious honors, including the National Science Foundation Career Award, Matarić is featured in Me & Isaac Newton, a documentary about seven of the world’s leading scientists.
Associate professor of journalism at the
USC Annenberg School for Communication, Judy Muller offers students insights gleaned from more than two decades of radio and television reporting. As a member of ABC’s Nightline team, she won an Emmy Award for coverage of the O.J. Simpson case. In the 1980s, she was a CBS News correspondent and an anchor on CBS News Radio. A frequent contributor to National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, she is the author of Now This: Radio, Television...and the Real World (2000).
Professor of management and organization at the USC Marshall School of Business, Rajagopalan holds the Capt. Henry W. Simonson Chair in Strategic Entrepreneurship. Her research, focuses on CEO succession and compensation systems, strategic change and decision-making processes, and corporate governance in emerging economies. Winner of several Marshall School awards, Rajagopalan is a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at USC’s Center for Excellence in Teaching. She is also director of research at the Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies.
Professor of history and of American studies and ethnicity at Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, Sanchez researches historical and contemporary topics related to race, gender, ethnicity, labor and immigration. His groundbreaking 1993 book, Becoming Mexican American: Ethnicity, Culture and Identity in Chicano Los Angeles, 1900–1945 received numerous awards. Two forthcoming books deal with the impact of Mexican migration on late 20th-century Los Angeles culture and the history of ethnic interaction in East Los Angeles. A renowned mentor, Sanchez directs the USC Center for Diversity and Democracy.