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
Professor of Art History and History

Jenny Chio

Jenny Chio

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


Cavan Concannon

2020–2022 Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Religion

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Alice Echols

2020–2022 Faculty Fellow
Barbra Streisand Professor of Contemporary Gender Studies and Professor of History and Gender and Sexuality Studies

Ruth Ezra, 2020-22 Postdoctoral Fellow

Ruth Ezra

20202022 Postdoctoral Fellow, Art History

Christian Flow, 2020-22 Postdoctoral Fellow

Christian Flow

2020–2022 Postdoctoral Fellow, Classics

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Nitin Govil

2021–2023 Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Cinematic Arts


Meredith Hall

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Sociology


Kit Heintzman

2021 Postdoctoral Fellow, History


Ella Klik

2021–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Cinema and Media Studies


Jonathan Leal

2020–2022 Postdoctoral Fellow, American Studies and Ethnicity

Diane Oliva, 2020-22 Postdoctoral Fellow Musicology

Diane Oliva

2020–2022 Postdoctoral Fellow, Musicology

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Jennifer Petersen

2021–2023 Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of Communication

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Peter Redfield

2020–2022 Faculty Fellow
Robert F. Erburu Chair in Ethics, Globalization and Development and Professor of Anthropology


Luísa Reis Castro

2022–2023 Postdoctoral Fellow, Anthropology

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Elda María Román

2020–2022 Faculty Fellow
Associate Professor of English

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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