Professor Tara McPherson teaches courses in digital media, television, and popular culture. She is co-editor of the Vectors Journal and co-director of the USC Center for Transformative Scholarship. Her Reconstructing Dixie: Race, Gender and Nostalgia in the Imagined South received the 2004 John G. Cawelti Award for the outstanding book published on American Culture, USC’s Phi Kappa Phi award for outstanding scholarship, and was a finalist for the Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema and Media Studies.
Anne Balsamo’s work focuses on the relationship between culture and technology. This focus informs her practice as a scholar, researcher, new media designer and entrepreneur. She is currently a Professor of Interactive Media in the School of Cinematic Arts and of Communications in the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. From 2004-2007 she served as the Director of the Institute for Multimedia Literacy. In 2002, she co-founded Onomy Labs, Inc., a technology design and fabrication company.
Dr. Roger Ghanem is a professor of Civil Engineering at the Viterbi School of Engineering at USC. He has a PhD in Civil Engineering and a Master of Civil Engineering from Rice University and a B.E. in Civil Engineering from American University of Beirut. His research interests include Probabilistic Modeling and Computational Stochastic Mechanics; Quantitative Models for the Propagation of Uncertainty in Physical Systems and Structural Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering.
Sam Gustman has been Chief Technology Officer of the Shoah Foundation since 1994 and was responsible for overseeing the 2006 move of the Foundation’s archives to USC. He ensures the archives accessibility for academic and research communities at USC and around the world. He is responsible for the operation, preservation, and cataloging of the Institute’s 105,000 hours of video testimony, the 8 petabyte digital video preservation effort, and 135-terabyte digital library effort, one of the largest public video databases in the world.