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Ariela Gross Wins Short Residency in Japan

Ariela Gross Wins Short Residency in Japan
USC Law professor Ariela Gross lived in Kyoto two decades ago.

Ariela Gross, a civil rights, race and legal history scholar at the USC Gould School of Law, is one of three historians nationwide selected by two scholarly organizations for a short-term residence in Japan.

As recipient of the 2010 residency in the history of race and racial ideology, Gross will spend two weeks in June teaching and lecturing at Kyoto University. The project is sponsored by the Organization of American Historians and the Japanese Association for American Studies.

“I’m thrilled to return to Kyoto – where I lived 20 years ago – and to have the chance to get to know Japanese faculty and students interested in the history of race,” Gross said. “I expect to learn a great deal.”

The Organization of American Historians promotes excellence in the scholarship, teaching and presentation of American history, and it encourages discussion of historical questions.

The Japanese Association for American Studies promotes American studies in Japan through publications and activities encouraging communication and cooperation among American scholars.

This is the second time a USC Law professor has been given the short-term residency award.

In 2000, Mary L. Dudziak won the distinction and taught a two-week course in political and intellectual history at Hokkaido University.

Gross recently won much acclaim for her book What Blood Won’t Tell: A History of Race on Trial in America (Harvard University Press, 2008).

After spending years unearthing the legal history of racial identity, Gross recounts stories of racial identity trials in American courts, from the early republic well into the 20th century.

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