Grantee Profile

University of Southern California

Grants to University of Southern California

  • $300,000

    2015 (Duration 3 years)

    International Peace & Security

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — The School of International Relations at the University of Southern California was founded as an offshoot of the 1922 Pan-American Conference on Education that brought together chancellors and university presidents from 22 countries to discuss the importance of education and to foster international understanding. Through this award, the grantee systematically assesses states’ reasons for participating in nuclear weapons-related agreements. In addition to generating in-depth cases for comparison, the grantee develops a first-of-its kind database of nuclear treaties and states parties, which is updated in real time and accessible online for any researcher.

  • $350,000

    2014 (Inactive Grant)

    International Peace & Security

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — Founded in 1880, the University of Southern California is a private research institution enrolling more international students than any other U.S. university. This study addresses U.S. policy and grand strategy in East Asia by combining an empirical examination of East Asian defense spending with research on weapons procurement and security policy. Despite the emerging consensus that East Asian nations fear China’s rise, regional military expenditures are at a 25-year low when measured as a proportion of GDP. Through quantitative and qualitative research, structured interviews and workshops, this project examines whether low defense expenditures accurately reflect East Asian states’ security perceptions, and the extent to which defense spending might indicate sheltering under the U.S. security umbrella.

  • $304,000

    2012 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To build the field of Digital Media and Learning through a new journal, conferences, and convenings (over five years).

  • $100,000

    2010 (Inactive Grant)


    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To research the integration of migrants in the United States.

  • $250,000

    2008 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — To explore philanthropy in virtual worlds.

  • $400,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Digital Media & Learning

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — In support of further development and adaptation for use in secondary education settings of Sophie, a multi-media authoring tool.

  • $350,000

    2007 (Inactive Grant)

    Community Development

    LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA — In support of a national study to evaluate the community impacts of community development financial institutions (over two years).

The MacArthur Foundation awarded University of Southern California $2,054,000 between 1978 and 2017.

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