University of Southern California

University of Southern California

PhD Program

Los Angeles, CA
Genres Include:
Not Genre-Specific
Program Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 1, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Janalynn Bliss
Core Faculty Includes: 

Aimee Bender, T.C. Boyle, Geoff Dyer, Percival Everett, Mark Irwin, Dana Johnson, Anna Journey, Susan McCabe, Carol Muske-Dukes, Claudia Rankine, David St. John, David Treuer, Marianne Wiggins.

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Teaching Assistantships, Virginia Middleton Fellowships

Other Features: 

Students are encouraged to cultivate their diverse interests with courses outside of the English Department. Many students choose to pursue a complimentary graduate certificate concurrent with the Ph.D. degree. The Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences offers graduate certificate programs in Gender Studies, Visual Studies, East Asian Studies, and Visual Anthropology, among others.

Students also have the opportunity to participate in Ph.D. student-run projects such as The Loudest Voice, a reading series, and Gold Line Press, a publisher of poetry and fiction chapbooks. There is also the English Department’s Boudreaux Visiting Writers Series and Frank N. Magill Poetry Series, as well as the University-wide Visions & Voices series. USC also hosts the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books.


Chris Abani, Ava Chin, Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Siel Ju, Katherine Karlin, Bonnie Nadzam, Eric Rawson, Rick Reid, Amy Schroeder