The Faculty Advisory Council was initially established in 2006 when the Institute joined USC to help the Institute integrate into an academic setting and to introduce faculty and staff to the Visual History Archive.
The current ambition of the committee is to foster collaboration between the Institute and campus faculty members in ways that improve the Institute’s work, outcomes, and impact.
Director of the Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics, USC Dornsife College of Letters Arts and Sciences
Dr. Lyn Boyd-Judson is the director of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and has taught at both the USC Annenberg School of Journalism and the USC School of International Relations. In fall 2010, she was selected as a Global Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs. She has served on the executive boards of the International Political Science Association RC 29, the International Studies Association – West, and the Women’s Caucus for International Studies, of which she was a chair.
Professor of Political Science
Before coming to USC, Dr. Richard Dekmejian worked at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute, preparing diplomats to go to the Middle East. He has worked on documentaries about genocide and terrorism with the Discovery Channel in the belief that it is important to document and learn from these incidents. He was the Director of the USC Institute of Armenian Studies from 2005-2008.
Professor of Political Science, Anthropology, and Policy, Planning, and Development
Dr. Alison Dundes Renteln studies international law, human rights, comparative legal system, Constitutional law and legal political theory. She served on the State Bar Commission on Access to Justice and the California Council Access and Fairness Advisory Committee. She also served as a member of the California Attorney General’s Commission on Hate Crimes. She served as the vice chair and director of the Unruh Institute of Politics at USC from 2005-2007.
Clinical Associate Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law
Professor Hannah Garry is director of USC Law’s International Human Rights Clinic and specializes in international human rights law, international criminal law, international humanitarian law, and international refugee law. From 2009-2010 she was named an American Society of International Law Presidential Fellow. In terms of her law practice, Garry has served as a Legal Advisor to the Supreme Court Chamber in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and a Visiting Professional in the Presidency of the International Criminal Court. She's also served as a legal officer and Deputy Chef de Cabinet at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and International Tribunal for Rwanda.
Associate Professor of Jewish History
Dr. Sharon Gillerman’s research focuses on modern German and central European Jewish history with a particular interest in gender history, cultural studies, popular culture, and transnational history. From 2003-2004 she was a fellow in the Women’s Study in Religion at the Harvard Divinity School. In 2010, she was awarded the Best First Book Award by the American Historical Association (Pacific Coast Branch) for her book Germans into Jews: Remaking the Jewish Social Body in the Weimar Republic.
Associate Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity and Sociology
Dr. Macarena Gomez Barris’ research interests focus on memory, culture, and power. Her book Where Memory Dwells: Culture and State Violence in Chile, examines the memory politics of representation and culture in the aftermath of Chile’s dictatorship. Her current research is on religious tourism in Cusco, Peru and Jerusalem.
Director of the Lochheim School for Judaic Studies and Assistant Professor of Jewish Thought
Dr. Leah Hochman is the director of the Louchheim School for Judaic Studies and Associate Professor of Jewish Thought at Hebrew Union College. Her interests include religion and literature, modern and contemporary Jewish thought, 18th-century aesthetics, European Enlightenment, Jewish studies, German-Jewish studies, Jewish literature, Judaism in the United States and the Americas, food and religion, and intellectual history.
Director of the Fisher Gallery Professor of Art History
Dr. Selma Holo is the director of the USC Fisher Museum of Art and the Dornsife International Museum Institute. Her research interests include Spanish art history and, more recently, museum studies. Her interest in museum studies stems from her 1994 Senior Research Fulbright to Spain, where she examined that society's transition from a dictatorship to democracy. Her books — Beyond the Prado: Museums and Identity in Democratic Spain, Oaxaca at the Crossroads: Managing Memory, Negotiating Change, and Beyond the Turnstile: Making the Case for Museums and Sustainable Values — all link museums to the shaping and re-shaping of society and its values. Under her leadership of the International Museum Institute, USC has forged important ties to Mexico and Latin America, especially due to the partnership she formed with UNAM, the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
Co-director of the Francophone Resource and Research Center at USC
Dr. Colin Keaveney is the co-director of the Francophone Resource and Research Center at USC, where he also is an associate professor of French. In Spring 2008, he was named a fellow at USC Shoah Foundation. In 2010, he was awarded the Provost’s Prize for Teaching With Technology, an award that recognizes faculty achievements in teaching and learning through the integration of technology into courses and curricula.
Vice Dean for Academic Programs and Professor of International Relations
Dr. Steven Lamy is the vice dean for academic programs at USC, where he is also a professor of international relations. In 1987 he was awarded the USC Associates Award for Excellence in Teaching, and in 1990 he received the USC Innovative Teaching Award. His research focuses on foreign policy in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and Western Europe.
Director of the Max Kade Institute and Associate Professor of History
Dr. Paul Lerner is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Germany and Central Europe with a particular emphasis on history of the human sciences, Jewish history, gender, and the history of theory and consumer culture. He is part of a long-term project on gender in German Jewish history and has co-edited a volume of essays entitled: “Jewish Masculinities: German Jews, Gender and History.” In 2012-2013 he was given the USC-Advancing Scholarship in Social Sciences and Humanities Award.
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of the Humanities and Professor of History and Anthropology; Linda and Harlen Martens Director of the Early Modern Studies Institute; Vice Dean for the Humanities
Dr. Peter Mancall is Professor of History and Anthropology at USC, and the Director of the USC-Huntington Early Modern Studies Institute. He is an elected fellow of the Society of American Historians and an elected member of the American Antiquarian Society. His work has appeared in The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg, Businessweek, and American Heritage and been featured in NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”
Professor; Mary Pickford Chair, USC School of Cinematic Arts
Doe Mayer holds the Mary Pickford Chair at USC's School of Cinematic Arts where she teaches documentary and fiction filmmaking. She holds a joint appointment with the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism where her work is centered on the practical application of communication campaign strategies and designs for social issue and health-defined organizations. Mayer has won numerous awards including Fulbright fellowships, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant, USC’s Remarkable Woman Award, and the Associate’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Associate Professor of Critical Studies USC School of Cinematic Arts
Tara McPherson is associate professor of critical studies at USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. Her research engages the cultural dimensions of media, including the intersection of gender, race, affect and place. She is the founding editor of Vectors, a multimedia peer-reviewed journal affiliated with the Open Humanities Press, and is a founding editor of the MacArthur-supported International Journal of Learning and Media.
Associate Vice Provost and Assistant CIO for Technology-Enhanced Learning, Professor of Visual Design and Clinical Education
Susan E. Metros serves as associate vice provost and associate chief information officer for technology enhanced learning at USC. In this capacity, she leads the academic community in integrating new and emerging technologies into teaching, learning, research, and outreach. She is a professor of visual design in the USC Roski School of Fine Arts and holds faculty appointments in the USC Rossier School of Education and in the USC Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism. She has served on the New Media Consortium Board of Directors and most recently was elected to the EDUCAUSE Board of Directors.
Professor of Psychology and Preventative Medicine
Dr. Beth Meyerowitz is a clinical psychologist who studies the psychological issues facing individuals diagnosed with chronic illness. She has studied trauma and resilience among survivors of the 1994 Tutsi genocide in Rwanda. Through close collaboration with organizations in Rwanda, she has gathered interview and questionnaire data about experiences during the genocide and survivors’ relation to post-genocide adjustment.
Leonard K. Firestone Professor of Religion and Professor of Religion and Sociology, Director of the Center for Religion and Civic Culture
Dr. Donald E. Miller is the Firestone Professor of Religion at USC. He has done extensive research on genocide, including oral history projects on the Armenian and Rwandan genocides. Currently he is overseeing a project on global Pentecostalism and charismatic Christianity that is based in 23 countries.
Director, Signal Analysis and Interpretation Lab (SAIL), Director, Ming Hsieh Institute (MHI), Professor of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Linguistics, and Psychology
Dr. Shrikanth (Shri) Narayananis a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America (ASA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and is currently an editor for the Computer, Speech, and Language Journal, as well as numerous other journals. His research focuses on human communication and information processing, as well as speech and auditory recognition and modeling and has won many awards. He has published over 600 papers and personally holds 16 U.S. patents.
Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, Professor of Critical Studies
Dr. Michael Renov is the Vice Dean of Academic Affairs at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. In 1993, he co-founded Visible Evidence, a series of international and highly interdisciplinary documentary studies conferences that have, to date, been held on four continents.
Professor of History
Dr. Steve Ross, a professor of history at USC and the first person in his family to go to college, studies the changing nature of power in American society. He has written extensively in the areas of working-class history, social history, and film history. His current project is a book entitled Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and their Spies Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America.
Director of the Information Laboratory (infoLAB) and Director of NSF’s Integrated Media Systems, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering
Dr. Cyrus Shahabi is the director of the Information Laboratory at the Computer Science Department and also the director of the NSF’s Integrated Media Systems Center a USC. He is an IEEE Fellow and a recipient of ACM Distinguished Scientist award from 2009, the 2003 U.S. Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the NSF Career award in 2002, and the 2001 Okawa Foundation Research Grant for Information and Telecommunications.
Associate Professor of Practice, USC Thornton School of Music
Dr. Nick Strimple is a composer, conductor, and music scholar who is recognized internationally for his work with music related to the Holocaust. During 2001-02, Strimple served on the California State Legislature Working Group for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education. He currently sits on the Advisory Boards of the Jewish Music Commission of Los Angeles and the Aminadaz Aloni Music Foundation.
Executive Vice Dean and Professor of Clinical Education at the USC Rossier School of Education
Dr. Melora Sundt is the executive vice dean and professor of clinical education at the USC Rossier School of Education. She specializes in the areas of online learning and instruction, creativity and innovation in higher education, diversity issues, and violence prevention on college campuses. She recently concluded a 10-year, U.S. Dept. of Justice-funded campus violence prevention program.
Myron and Marian Casden Director and Professor of Religion and Linguistics
Dr. Bruce Zuckerman is the Myron and Marian Casden Director of Religion and Linguistics at USC. He is a specialist in Northwest Semitic languages and biblical studies. He directs the USC Archeological Research Center and both the West Semitic Research and InscriptiFact Projects.