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pandemic history research
Rat catchers in San Francisco around 1908 pose with the rodents they’ve killed as part of a program aimed at stemming the spread of bubonic plague. The man in the center dips a rat trap into a bucket of antiseptic. (Photo: Courtesy of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)

How have people responded to pandemics throughout history?

Through their research on plagues dating back to the late 19th century, USC Dornsife historians have discovered striking parallels between the coronavirus and previous outbreaks.

Humanities
Arabs in California
The Arbeely family, pictured here in Knoxville, Tennessee, in 1881, were the first Syrian family to immigrate to the United States, having arrived three years prior. By 1890, most had moved to Los Angeles. (Photo/Courtesy of Habeeb and Dania Arbeely)

How Arab Americans found identity and belonging in California

A new book from USC Dornsife’s Sarah Gualtieri counters a long-held stereotype of Arab Americans as outsiders, exploring how they were integrated into Southern California.