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The Undercommons

The Undercommons is a series of essays exploring contemporary political thought from an inside/outside the commons perspective. Our guest today contends that under all the theory, the book is about friendship and the many ways in which friendship and conversation can be study.

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Recent Articles

Storytelling in a disconnected age, and why it matters for policymakers

Soledad O’Brien’s attention to the intersection of public policy and storytelling is crucial in bringing awareness to public policy issues to those outside our policy wonk bubble. We are so excited to have her as our distinguished speaker for The Holt Lecture this year and learn more about her approach to storytelling.

If you would like tickets for this year’s Holt Lecture, click here. It’s free! Hope to see you there!


Our civic duty

by Olivia Olson

Absentee ballots are bubbled in with a flourish. Crowds emerge from local polling places, flashing selfies of the “I voted” stickers that peel from their sweaters. Snapchat stories, Instagram posts, and Facebook pages extol candidates of choice, admonish other contenders, and exhort others to vote (as long as their followers share their beliefs). These actions render voting both morally compelling and glamorous.


What promises do we have to keep? : A Call for Bipartisan Action on Climate Change

by Casey Fischl

Across the globe, countries acknowledge climate change as a scientific fact and have been implementing mitigation and adaptation strategies as per their commitment in the Paris Agreement. This, however, is not the case for the United States where political leaders are still debating and questioning what 97 percent of climate scientists agree on: climate-warming trends over the past century are extremely likely due to human activities.


Conversations on the interplay of media literacy, fandom, governance, & the public good. 🎧 today!

By-Right, By-Design

Host Lisa discusses Professor Liz Falletta‘s book, By-Right, By-Design: Housing Development Versus Housing Design in Los Angeles. Falletta looks to help practitioners move beyond housing production as a zero sum game towards the more polyvalent solutions that will be required as LA densifies.

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Why Cities Lose

Does WHY CITIES LOSE discover the “deep roots of the urban-rural political divide?” Is this a problem we can fix?

🎧 as host Lisa Schweitzer is joined by Nic Duquette, Jeffery Jenkins, & Pam Clouser McCann to explore a book which hopes to reveal a stronger understanding of the state of partisanship in the US.


Abby K. Wood

In this episode of the PS You’re Interesting podcast, Jeff Jenkins talks with a Bedrosian Faculty Affiliate, Abby K. Wood. Wood is Associate Professor of Law, Political Science and Public Policy. When she first started her career she noticed that program evaluation wasn’t as robust as it could be, so she wanted to learn causal inference in order to find that balance.

Her interest is in corruption and therefore transparency. Her current work is on campaign finance, transparency, and dark money.

Email: bedrosian.center@usc.edu
Twitter: @BedrosianCenter


The Line Becomes a River

Today’s book: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú.

The southern border between Mexico and the U.S. can be a violent place. Yet isn’t as easily defined as it seems.There are places where the border is permeable, invisible. The border is a construct, and the racialized rhetoric of The Border combined with two decades of militarization have wreaked havoc on the people and the land.