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Center for Advanced Genocide Research

As the academic arm of the USC Shoah Foundation, the Center for Advanced Genocide Research is dedicated to advancing new areas of interdisciplinary scholarship on the Holocaust and other genocides, focusing particularly on the origins of genocide and how to intervene in the cycle that leads to mass violence.

Center for Law, History and Culture

CLHC is devoted to encouraging the study of law as a historical and cultural institution, while bringing together faculty from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences and the Law School. It sponsors a wide range of scholarly and cultural activities, including faculty workshops, book talks, seminars, and conferences, as well as programs designed to support students and emerging scholars.

Center for Religion and Civic Culture

CRCC connects researchers, policy-makers and religious leaders together to produce new insights into the evolving nature of religion in society. It helps faith groups engage with society through civic engagement and leadership training, while also allowing people within academia, civic organizations, government agencies, foundations and businesses to engage with faith groups.

Early Modern Studies Institute

EMSI supports advanced research and scholarship on human societies between 1450 and 1850. The Institute’s range is global. Unlike existing centers that focus on particular regions, the Institute aims to advance knowledge of the diverse societies in and around the Atlantic and Pacific basins.

East Asian Studies Center

EASC provides dedicated leadership, coordination and support for the growing interdisciplinary education, research activity, and community outreach concerning East Asia. It is also one of the nation’s leading centers for the development of East Asian area studies and among a small group of elite colleges and universities to be designated a National Resource Center for East Asian studies by the U.S. Department of Education.

Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

ICW is a center for scholarly investigation of the history and culture of California and the American West. Through sponsorship of innovative scholarship and research, ICW draws on the resources of the University of Southern California and The Huntington Library to build an innovative and unique collaboration between a research university and a research library.

Korean Studies Institute

KSI is a non-partisan research institute focused on promoting the academic study of Korea through research and teaching. It supports USC students and faculty through annual signature programs and also produce a widely-viewed YouTube channel with Korean studies lectures from diverse fields.

Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture

The Ito Center’s mission is to promote the study of Japan at USC. The center fosters this area of study through support of faculty-led research and publications, public conferences and events, supporting graduate students, offering postdoctoral fellowships and hosting visiting scholars.

Sol Price Center for Social Innovation

The mission of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation is to develop ideas and illuminate strategies to improve the quality of life for people in low-income urban communities. Together with the Price School, the center works to advance new models of equity and opportunity for low-income children and families, as well as advance the field of social innovation.

U.S.-China Institute

USCI informs public discussion of the evolving and multidimensional U.S.-China relationship through policy-relevant research, graduate, and undergraduate training, as well as professional development programs for teachers, journalists, and officials. It produces compelling public events, widely-viewed documentary films, and the popular magazines US-China Today and Asia Pacific Arts.

Visual Studies Research Institute

VSRI focuses on the nature, analysis and evaluation of visual evidence in order to interrogate the relationship of seeing, believing, and proving from antiquity to the present. In today’s world the internet has replaced many of the traditional structures of knowledge that used to claim authority when it came to interpreting an image, and the institute’s mission is to recognize and debate the implications of what we think that we see.