Susan Bell is USC Dornsife's staff 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:
In memoriam: Gerald Bakus, 79
Beloved by students for his encyclopedic knowledge of flora and fauna, the professor had a career at USC Dornsife that spanned more than 50 years.
How do their gardens grow?
Sociologist offers insights into the ways diverse global migration and lush landscapes shape society.
Messner awarded for his mentorship skills
USC sociologist nominated by doctoral students calls it his most satisfying honor.
USC alums use virtual reality to treat anxiety disorders
Using software developed at USC, the friends draw on wartime experiences to help patients with PTSD.
Manahan returns to his roots
USC biologist is named an honorary fellow of the Welsh university where he earned his doctorate.
Dubai: a city rolling in oil … and forced labor
USC students connect with migrant workers coping with cramped quarters, minimal wages and legal servitude.
Are legislators motivated by racial bias?
A USC study shows state legislators in favor of voter ID laws are driven by racial bias.
Whimsy is welcomed at The Hermitage
Author and alumnus Theodore Roosevelt Gardner II is best known for creating an offbeat sculpture garden in Santa Barbara.
USC Shoah Foundation marks 20th anniversary of Rwanda genocide
Stephen Smith and other Trojans help to commemorate the atrocity that claimed thousands of lives.
Donald Miller examines religion’s role in Rwanda’s healing process
USC Dornsife professor is writing a comprehensive book on the 1994 events.
Fashionable choices lead to success
Kitson CEO will celebrate the upscale chain’s 15th anniversary by sponsoring a contest to benefit the Joint Educational Project.
Alumnus with international relations expertise to lead new program next spring
Alumnus Jeffrey Fields, a former State Department official, joins the USC School of International Relations.
Culture sensitivity is needed in the global battle against serious health issues
USC Dornsife faculty, students and alumni show how it can be done.
Junior scholar receives international book prize
David Albertson earns an award for his upcoming book on theologians Nicholas of Cusa and Thierry of Chartres.
Call it a Winn-Winn
Alumni donors Michael and Cindy Winn helped others as undergraduates in the Joint Educational Project. Three decades later, two children are following in their footsteps.
Knot a problem
Using the tools of knot theory, a professor works with USC undergraduates to help high school students grasp the complexities of mathematics.
Here a chick, there a chick …
Newly hatched chicks provide an ideal animal model for studying how visual cognition emerges in the newborn brain.
Human rights and peacemaking studies inspire USC undergrads on Oxford trip
The course gets students excited about a tangible area of study in the vast fields of international law and humanitarian aid.
East Asian expert shares cultural insights
The USC professor delivers a lecture as a prelude to the upcoming launch of DreamWorks’ Shanghai studio.
Religion center’s grants a testament to success
The center’s impact continues to grow.
The small but mighty chickpea
Sergey Nuzhdin is a key member of the new Chickpea Innovation Lab, the latest of 23 “innovation labs” awarded under “Feed the Future,” a global hunger initiative.
USC chemist can add medal to mantelpiece
Mark Thompson will accept the Tolman Medal at the University Club on May 6.
Changing the climate of discrimination
For many years, Anna Krylov and two other renowned theoretical chemists have monitored scientific conferences for signs of gender discrimination.
Writers’ bloc reviews local architecture
“Diversity is a key to the city’s personality, both literary and otherwise,” according to USC lecturer David Ulin.
She serves girls for the greater good
Alexis Jones has spent the last five years speaking to more than 250,000 girls in person and millions more online regarding bullying, leadership, activism and social entrepreneurism.
In memoriam: Edward Blum, 90
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics Edward Blum, who taught at USC Dornsife for more than 40 years, has died.
USC makes a commitment to diversity
The 2014 National Conference of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science will take place Oct. 15-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
Feminism in India turns into family affair
Jasneet Aulakh’s research has given her a deeper understanding of differences in the way feminism, women’s rights and political empowerment are expressed in India versus the United States.
New USC scientists cover climate change and clean energy
Naomi Levine and Smaranda Marinescu are two recent faculty additions in the sciences made by the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.
Several shades of self-help
The trilogy, with its graphic depictions of sadomasochistic sex, has become a worldwide phenomenon since the first novel became the fastest-selling paperback of all time upon its publication in 2011.
Can lofty aspirations lead to attainable goals?
Daphna Oyserman, professor of psychology, education and communication, has found answers to a perplexing question through her research on self, culture and motivation.
Obama to honor USC scientist for innovative research
Moh El-Naggar will receive the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, which was established in 1996.
Can volunteers hurt the people they’re trying to help?
In her new book, a USC Dornsife sociology professor writes that along with the good, volunteers can sometimes do harm.
Crood awakening for USC alum
USC alum Kirk DeMicco chats about The Croods, his animated comedy adventure nominated for an Academy Award.
Rules of scientific engagement
At the California Science Center, USC Dornsife students use interactive games to communicate complex scientific concepts.