Course Information: POSC 395
Professor Art Auerbach is the Director of the Internship Program for the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and serves as the instructor for POSC 395, the Directed Political Internship course. In addition to his duties with the Unruh Institute, he is also an Associate Professor (teaching) within the Department of Political Science at USC where he teaches a variety of courses, including Constitutional Law (Government Powers/Constraints) and Civil Rights and Liberties), United States Supreme Court Politics, Law, Courts and Public Policy, Theory and Practice of American Democracy, and Politics of Human Differences: Diversity and Discrimination. Professor Auerbach’s research interests include public law and pedagogy.
Prior to coming to USC, Professor Auerbach graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with bachelor’s degrees in Political Science and Environmental Studies. He graduated from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1990 and began a career as a state prosecutor with the Office of the California Attorney General, handling hundreds of cases in the California Court of Appeal, California Supreme Court and in the federal court system. In 2000, he left the practice of law to work on a doctorate degree at USC. Upon completion of his doctorate, he taught at California State University, Los Angeles in the Department of Political Science before becoming a full-time lecturer at USC in 2007 and part of the permanent teaching faculty in 2010. He continues to work with students both in the classroom and in the internship program to assist students in reaching their goals.