The People of the Academy

Meet the members of the university community who are shaping the academy’s programs and creating the series of polymathic encounters for USC students.


Sidney Harman

(1918 - 2011)
Presidential Professor, Isaias W. Hellman Professor of Polymathy, and Chairman of Newsweek

Senior Administration

Catherine Quinlan

Dean of USC Libraries

Tara McPherson

Professor, Director of the Sidney Harman Academy for Polymathic Study

Karin Huebner

Academic Director of Programs

Curtis Fletcher

Associate Director of the Ahmanson Lab

Academic Advisory Board

Leo Braudy
Leo Braudy, Chair

University Professor and Leo S. Bing Chair in English and American Literature and Professor of English

Robin Romans
Robin Romans, Vice-Chair

Associate Provost, Director, Thematic Options Honors Program, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Political Science

Adlai Wertman

Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship

Clifford Johnson

Professor of Physics & Astronomy

Edwin McCann

Professor of Philosophy & English

Geoffrey Cowan

University Professor, President of the Annenberg Foundation Trust

Shrikanth Narayanan

Andrew J. Viterbi Professor of Engineering

William Cain

Mary Jewett Gaiser Professor of English, Wellesley College