Dr. Robin Romans serves as Associate Provost at the University of Southern California. On behalf of the Provost, he oversees the USC Arts and Humanities Initiative; administers all processes related to the university’s accreditation through the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); and, manages USC’s strategic planning process. Romans also serves as the Provost’s liaison to USC Arts, a collaboration of USC’s five arts deans (Architecture, Cinematic Arts, Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre), and to the USC Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study, for which he wrote the original proposal in 2009. He also directs the Progressive Degree Program, which allows students to earn a master’s degree in as little as one year beyond the bachelor’s degree, and provides support for the Renaissance, Global, and Discovery Scholars programs, which promote excellence in interdisciplinary studies, global studies, and undergraduate research.
Before moving to the Provost's Office, Romans directed USC's prestigious Thematic Option Honors Program, and served as Assistant Dean of Admission and Honors Programs in the Dornsife College. There he developed undergraduate research opportunities, new honors programs, and was charged with restructuring the Office of College Admission. He represented Dornsife at all major in-state and out-of-state recruitment events.
Romans earned his doctorate at USC. He teaches undergraduate courses in Political Science, Gender Studies, and General Education, including Ideology and Political Conflict; Sex, Power, and Politics; American Political Thought; and, Body Issues. His teaching interests include classical political thought, Enlightenment thought, Liberalism, Marxism, feminism, and contemporary political thought. He also serves as President of USC's Epsilon Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.