Susan Bell is USC Dornsife's senior writer. She covers a wide variety of USC Dornsife-related news from research to the humanities and is a contributing features writer for USC Dornsife Magazine. An internationally published journalist, she has written extensively on French politics and culture for The Times of London, The Sunday Telegraph and The Sunday Times. Her articles have also been published in Wallpaper, Marie-Claire and The Los Angeles Times. Interests include architecture, design, history and photography.
Stories by Susan Bell:
Lawyer-turned-fashion blogger ready to Race with style
Alumna Jenny Wu is a contestant on the new season of the Emmy-winning reality show The Amazing Race.
Money matters — then and now
The first Economic History Forum examines the state finance and political accountability of 18th-century Britain to reveal insights on current economic issues.
A woman sees religious phenomena that others cannot
Photos and analysis from two USC scholars explore a contemporary visionary ritual devoted to the Virgin Mary in California’s Mojave Desert.
Spy rings, religious intolerance and Japan’s sovereignty
Steven Ross, John Pollini and Jacques Hymans receive highly competitive grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities to support their research.
Lincoln’s looks never hindered his approach to life or politics
Honest Abe is the subject of USC historian’s book on America’s 16th president.
Michael Waterman awarded Dan David Prize for scientific contributions
University Professor will share the $1 million prize with two other leaders in research.
The little wager that led to a big law career
USC alum aces a law school test and ends up managing a practice in which he fights for the underdog.
When disaster strikes, he’s there to help
Troubleshooting alum Ben Hemingway leads U.S. disaster response teams from Liberia to the Philippines.
The only way from here is up
Once homeless, Joseph Dorri prepares to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, crediting USC Dornsife for putting him on the road to success.
The secret of getting ahead is getting started
That familiar quote comes to mind as alumna and Mark Twain scholar Laura Skandera Trombley is named incoming president of The Huntington Library.
A leader who commands respect
Alumnus Viet Luong, a paratrooper with the 1st Cavalry Division, becomes the first Vietnamese-born general in the United States military.
France taps USC scholar for coveted knighthood
The coveted honor recognizes Peggy Kamuf’s advancement of culture and education.
Alumna has oversight of global policy at major corporation
Debbie Leilani Shon, who credits USC for her intellectual curiosity, oversees international trade at U.S. Steel.
Remembering the night the Berlin Wall went up — and when it came down
Documentary recalls life on both sides of the wall — and the bittersweet aftermath of its collapse.
WonderKids turn into weather watchers
The Joint Educational Project curriculum brings in a weatherman to talk with youngsters about meteorology.
Bringing sports to children with special needs
At Kicks for Kids events, developmental or physical disabilities don’t matter.
A resident assistant’s role: part parent, part student
USC junior helps to create a comfortable living environment for peers by relying on core values of community, scholarship and leadership.
In memoriam: María Elena Martínez-López, 47
A pioneer in the field of Latin American history, the associate professor's scholarship transformed the study of Mexico.
Kids learn secrets to astronauts’ health, thanks to JEP students
Young Scientists Program helps elementary pupils find out about staying healthy and fit in space.
USC graduate among ‘40 Under 40: Latinos in American Politics’
Sam Jammal is one of only a handful of Latinos to serve as a chief of staff on Capitol Hill.
USC institute opens a window to the Old West
A unique resource for scholarly research on history and culture, The Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West celebrates its 10th anniversary.
A singer’s fame and fortune lead to philanthropy
A musical star with a social conscience, alumnus Aloe Blacc is determined to use his talents for social change.
A jester brings laughter and a love of reading to children
The Joint Educational Project teams up with a nonprofit to offer elementary school students a literacy program.
Former football star turns a setback into success
Forced to give up the game after a neck injury, motivational speaker Thomas Williams urges people to pursue their dreams in his new book.