Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Message to USC Faculty

From: Michael W. Quick, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; Elizabeth Graddy, Vice Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs

March 21, 2018

Please join us in congratulating our 2017-2018 awardees of the Advancing Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences (ASHSS) program.  The Office of the Provost awards ASHSS funding to support selected USC full-time faculty in the arts, humanities, and humanistic social sciences in their scholarship.  The ASHSS program includes three distinct funding channels targeting faculty at strategic points during their academic careers.  The ASHSS early sabbatical/school-paid leave program affords our most productive faculty the time to produce high-caliber scholarly work; the ASHSS research and creative grant awards up to $25,000 to recently promoted faculty members seeking to make important scholarly or creative contributions in these fields; and the ASHSS grant writing mentorship program provides an opportunity for a faculty member to work one-on-one with a colleague with appropriate expertise on their fellowship or grant application.  For more information on eligibility, please see http://faculty.usc.edu/scholarship/ashss/.

Awardees are selected through a competitive application process, and their selection is a testament to the excellent quality of their proposals.  We look forward to seeing the products of this year’s awards, and we strongly encourage those of you who are eligible to consider applying next year. 

ASHSS Sabbatical:

  • Beatrice Bennett, Professor (Teaching) of French, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences—Madame
  • Vicki Callahan, Associate Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts, USC School of Cinematic Arts—Mabel Normand, the Scandal of an Infelicitous Star

ASHSS Research and Creative Grants:

  • Youngmin Choe, Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Culture, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences—The Revival of Craft Aesthetics in Contemporary Korean Visual Culture
  • Nina Eliasoph, Professor of Sociology, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences—Dilemmas of the Empowerment Project: Locating a Prevalent Organizational Form Using Computational Linguistics
  • Stephen Finlay, Professor of Philosophy, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences—Morals, Modals, and Motives
  • Aniko Imre, Professor of Cinematic Arts, USC School of Cinematic Arts—Digital Connections in a Divided Europe
  • Hani Khafipour, Lecturer of Iranian Studies, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences—The Mantle of the Sufi Kings: Religion and Politics in Early Modern Iran
  • Bill Yahraus, Professor of the Practice of Cinematic Arts, USC School of Cinematic Arts—Untitled Oxnard Project

We are grateful to the members of this year’s ASHSS review committee, chaired by Elizabeth Graddy, who reviewed the applications and recommended applicants for funding:

  • Laura Baker, Professor of Psychology, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Lisa Bitel, Professor of History, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Daniela Bleichmar, Associate Professor of Art History, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Julian Gutierrez-Albilla, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature and Gender Studies, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Kyung Moon Hwang, Professor of History and East Asian Languages and Cultures, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
  • Nayan Shah, Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity, USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

 

Cc:  C. L. Max Nikias
Academic Senate
Academic Deans
President’s Cabinet
Provost’s Cabinet