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:
How Dad inspired me: Professors reflect on their father’s influence
With Father’s Day on our minds, seven USC faculty members share touching stories of how their dads helped shape who they are today.
The scandalous story behind a popular silverware brand: free love, religion and eugenics
USC writing professor Ellen Wayland-Smith looks at her own family tree and finds a relative who believed he was God’s prophet and led a 19th-century sect.
USC team wins class-action victory on L.A.’s controversial gang injunctions
With help from undergraduates and an alumna, Olu Orange brings a successful lawsuit that forces the city to pay for millions in job training and education.
Percival Everett and David St. John elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences
USC Dornsife scholars named fellows of one of the world’s most prestigious societies, bringing the school’s overall number to 23.
USC Dornsife’s Viet Thanh Nguyen wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction
He is recognized for his first novel, The Sympathizer, which explores the Vietnam War from multiple perspectives.
Young scientists learn coding and more at robotics workshop
With the help of USC undergrads, fourth- and fifth-graders take part in a skills-shaping event hosted by the Joint Educational Project.
In memoriam: Zdenek Vorel, 86
A multilinguist with a love of his Czech homeland, the mathematician specialized in differential equations and control theory.
Alumna turns end-of-life conversations from dread to discovery
A hospice and palliative care physician hosts a radio show that aims to revolutionize how we discuss what to many is the last great taboo: death.
Alum aims to end inequalities in education, health care
Medical student empowers underrepresented high school students to pursue careers through MERIT, a nonprofit he created to end disparities.
Novelist explains how psychology honed his writing
USC Dornsife alumnus, professor and best-selling author tells how his work as a clinical psychologist turned him into a successful crime writer.
Syrian-Americans comprise a rich multiplicity of identities, Middle East expert finds
USC Dornsife researcher delves into the vibrant history and valuable contributions of Southern California’s thriving community, reversing stereotypes and finding unexpected links with Latin America.
In memoriam: Robert ‘Bob’ Dilligan, 75
A gifted teacher of Romantic poetry, he pioneered the use of computer technology to further the study of literature.
The life and death of David Bowie, rock’s crafty chameleon
As millions of music fans mourn his stunning loss, USC Dornsife scholars reflect on the importance of one of the most influential figures in music.
Scholars gain insight from the geographical movement of artifacts
USC Dornsife historian co-edits a special issue of the academic journal Art History exploring ‘Objects in Motion in the Early Modern World.’
Have you been naughty? Then beware: Krampus is coming
With a new movie, a comic book series and Krampus-based festivities growing in popularity, the scary Alpine holiday legend has gained a firm foothold in America.
Kids conquer keyboards at Weemes Elementary
Students learn to write code, design games and control robots at a computer science workshop.
USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 3
In the conclusion of a three-part series, USC experts look at Turkey’s unexplored role in the exodus, the long-term repercussions for the United States and a possible silver lining.
USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis: Part 2
Laurie Brand, Robert English and Steven Lamy look at who is ultimately responsible for the massive exodus from the Middle East.
USC Dornsife experts analyze Europe’s refugee crisis
In the first of a three-part series, Laurie Brand, Robert English and Steven Lamy of international relations look at the underlying reasons driving Europe’s contrasting reactions to refugees.
Grad student thinks small when crafting Chinese ornaments
USC Dornsife scholar studies tiny wooden replicas of buildings that adorn Buddhist temples and monasteries.
USC Dornsife doctoral student wins National Book Award
Robin Coste Lewis garners the prestigious literary honor for her first book of poems.
What do perceptions say about our world views?
USC Dornsife psychologist examines how our minds perceive the world around us — and how those perceptions can differ from reality.
Statistics amount to successful consulting firm for USC alum
Albert Lee applies computer science to economic data and specializes in consulting for the government.
Antonio Damasio and Hanna Damasio receive honorary degrees from the Sorbonne
The USC professors accept the honors in Paris, where they deliver a lecture on neuroscience.