Critical Studies Professor Tara McPherson, a pop culture expert specializing in race, gender, film, and television, and digital media, is a genuine polymathic practitioner. Professor McPherson is a leading force in our rapidly changing technologies and she utilizes her ever-expanding expertise to analyze how film and media affect popular ideas about race and gender.
Kevin Starr is University Professor, professor of history at USC, and Associate Dean of USC Libraries. He previously served as the state librarian for California. Professor Starr has written extensively on the history of California and in 2006 then President George W. Bush awarded him the prestigious National Humanities Medal for his work as a scholar and historian. He is the inaugural director of the Academy for Polymathic Study.