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:
USC poet’s work conveys a passion for the macabre
Anna Journey takes a walk on the dark side in poems and essays about graveyards, infidelities and tattoos.
Nobel laureate Sir Angus Deaton named a Presidential Professor
The distinguished economist has been described as an ‘optimistic defender of globalization.’
In memoriam: Nobel laureate George Olah, 89
The lauded USC scientist, who helped shape the development of organic chemistry in the second half of the 20th century, played a major role in establishing USC as a notable center of advanced hydrocarbon chemistry and proposing the methanol economy.
Students find solutions for USC campus sustainability
Trojans think creatively about the environment, presenting their ideas in an annual contest as part of a political science course.
Viet Thanh Nguyen’s latest work looks at how different countries remember Vietnam War
Nothing Ever Dies is a nonfiction follow-up to his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Sympathizer.
USC students Skype with their favorite authors
Undergrads find inspiration by talking to best-selling writers in a contemporary prose class.
In memoriam: Bosco Tjan, 50
Renowned for pioneering research in visual cognition and perception, he was a devoted teacher and a beloved professor of psychology.
USC Dornsife, nonprofit help youngsters boost their literacy skills
Fifth-grade students accept the challenge to read from a Harry Potter book in front of a large crowd at the Galen Center.
More than 1 billion people are at risk for this skin disease: Have you heard of it?
Graduate student at USC’s Spatial Sciences Institute wants to boost awareness for a disease caused by a parasitic flea.
Arctic research brings science alive for youngsters
USC alumna draws on undersea studies to inspire students from the USC Family of Schools.
Guatemala stay prepares undergrads for health care challenges in the U.S.
USC Dornsife course set in Central America teaches a dozen students about health, disease, language and culture.
Not everyone has the chance to build a high-tech model of the human body
USC students learn what it means to be a collaborative research scientist as members of a program that focuses on today’s most complex problems.
Poetic insights into France’s beloved bad boy of Gallic letters
USC Dornsife faculty members collaborate on a new translation of poems by enfant terrible Arthur Rimbaud.
Alumnus takes his songwriting in new directions
Fancy Free, the first solo album from singer and songwriter Robert Rex Waller Jr., finds him experimenting with his sound, styles and textures.
Summer research leads to invaluable scientific experience
Undergraduates broaden their knowledge of neuroscience and genetics while working in lab.
Britain elects to leave the European experiment—now what?
USC Dornsife faculty reflect on Britain’s decision to leave the European Union in a historic vote that triggered financial turmoil.
How Dad inspired me: Professors reflect on their fathers’ 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.