USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
This award means the world to me. When I entered the doctoral program in political science at Columbia University in the 1980s I was automatically assigned a world-famous faculty advisor who set a ten minute stop watch for our weekly meetings. When the watched stopped, so did the meeting. Needless to say, we are no longer in touch. But I do thank him now for instilling in me the conviction that I would never, ever treat my own graduate students in this dismissive fashion.
During my decade on the International Relations faculty at USC I have had the honor of working with so many talented graduate students and this Mellon Mentoring Award is as much a tribute to them as it is to me. From recruitment, to teaching the core doctoral seminar, to overseeing the qualifying exams, and on to the dissertation prospectus and completion of the dissertation itself, I have so enjoyed the trip down this long and winding road with every single one of them. It is a unique relationship like no other that I have experienced but one that the Mellon Award captures well. I thank my present and former students for rallying so enthusiastically to this occasion.