2016 Conference to Examine Role of Guns in Society
For this year’s Copeland Colloquium, a perennial gathering in which invited scholars spend the year examining a theme in detail, the theme is “The Social Life of Guns.” 


Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 1.29.14 PMBALLARAT COURIER, 2016
Americans Rush to Compare
American scholars visit to Ballarat to compare the Californian and Ballarat gold rushes in a bid to determine their similar and contrasting impacts on subsequent settlements.


inside higher edINSIDE HIGHER EDUCATION, 2015
More than a Postdoc
USC has created an alternative for a select number of recent graduates, offering them full-time employment, with benefits, for up to two years. In return, these Ph.D.s teach four class discussion sections for a faculty mentor, as well as a course of their own design.


dornsifeUSC DORNSIFE NEWS, 2015
Teaching to Learn
The new USC Dornsife Preceptor Program gives doctoral graduates in the humanities and social sciences an opportunity to teach their own courses and strengthen their portfolios for the job market.



symposiumVERSO: The Blog of the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens, 2012
Finding a New Place for the Frontier Thesis
Erik Altenbernd and Alex Young are just now completing their graduate coursework at UC Irvine and USC, respectively. They both study California and the American West, Altenbernd as a historian and Young as a literary scholar. Before diving into their dissertations they have been pondering the granddaddy thesis of them all—Frederick Jackson Turner’s famous (and infamous) essay from 1893, “The Significance of the Frontier in American History.”