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:
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.
GeoHealth specialty blends the best of two programs
Spatial Sciences Institute and Keck School of Medicine launch a new track as part of online Master of Public of Health degree.
Mentors inspire mentees to spread their wings
USC Dornsife’s Gateway Internship Program gives undergraduates valuable insight into their careers.
Schwarz honored for excellence in social psychology research
Provost Professor focuses on human judgment and cognition, including the interplay of feeling and thinking.
Perloff to receive Humanities Medal for body of work
The prolific writer will be honored for her impact on the landscape of contemporary poetry.
In memoriam: Richard F. Thompson, 84
The internationally recognized behavioral neuroscientist spent a half-century on memory research — and developed USC Dornsife’s neuroscience research program.
Undergrads look for an academic edge
A newly launched program offers insights on career development through a series of informative workshops.