The USC Society of Fellows in the Humanities launched in 2016, inviting the first cohort of postdoctoral and faculty fellows to join our intellectual community. Since the launch, the Society of Fellows has hosted 33 emerging postdoctoral scholars with the support of 34 dedicated faculty fellows. Our alumni are listed below by cohort cycle and alphabetically.

Previous to the establishment of the Society of Fellows in 2016, the USC Office of the Provost supported two-year postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities. The recipients of those fellowships are listed here.


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Ajay Batra

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, English

Isaac Blacksin, 2021-23 Postdoctoral Fellow

Isaac Blacksin

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Communications


Daniela Bleichmar

2020–2023 Director, USC Dornsife Society of Fellows
Professor of Art History and History

Jenny Chio

Jenny Chio

2021–2023 Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor in East Asian Languages & Cultures and Anthropology

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Nitin Govil

2021–2023 Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts


Meredith Hall

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology


Ella Klik

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Cinema and Media Studies

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Jennifer Petersen

2021–2023 Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Communication


Luísa Reis Castro

2022–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology

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Hilary Schor

2021–2023 Faculty Fellow, Professor of English, Comparative Literature and Law

Jessica Varner, 2021-23 Postdoctoral Fellow School of Architecture

Jessica Varner

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Architecture


Mengdie Zhao

2022–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, East Asian Languages and Cultures