About USC Gould
USC Gould is a top-ranked law school with a 120-year history and reputation for academic excellence. We are located on the beautiful 228-acre USC University Park Campus, just south of downtown Los Angeles.
Learn about our interdisciplinary curriculum, experiential learning opportunities and specialized areas.
Student Quick Links:
USC Gould helps prepare you for a stellar legal career. You can pursue a JD degree, one of our numerous graduate and international offerings, or an online degree or certificate.
Participate in an unparalleled learning experience with diversity of people and thought. Get involved in the law school community and participate in activities that enhance your studies.
Student Quick Links:
We work closely with students, graduates and employers to support successful career goals and outcomes. Our overall placement rate is consistently strong, with 94 percent of our JD class employed within 10 months after graduation.
Our faculty is distinguished for its scholarship, as well as for its commitment to teaching. Our 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio creates an intimate and collegial learning environment.
- Alumni and Giving
Dean Andrew Guzman named USC provost and senior vice president for academic affairs
USC Gould School of Law
- ABOUT USC GOULD
- A MESSAGE FROM THE DEAN
- + HISTORY OF USC GOULD
- LAW, RACE AND EQUITY
- + NEWS
- + EVENTS
- BOARD OF COUNCILORS
- CONSUMER INFORMATION (ABA REQUIRED DISCLOSURES)
- VISIT US
- SOCIAL MEDIA
- + CONTACT US
Tuesday, April 4, 2023
The international law and economics expert will assume his new duties on July 1
By Ted B. Kissell
Andrew T. Guzman, noted scholar of international law and economics and current dean of the USC Gould School of Law, has been named USC’s next provost and senior vice president for academic affairs, USC President Carol L. Folt announced Tuesday.
As provost, Guzman will become USC’s second highest-ranking official and the chief academic officer, responsible for ensuring the university’s excellence in teaching, research and scholarship. He will hold the Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Provost’s Chair.
“Andrew will be a terrific partner in supporting our outstanding faculty, staff and students,” Folt said. “He brings a spirit of compassion, a love of innovation and a depth of experience to his new role. He and I are looking forward to working together to achieve our grandest goals.”
Guzman will assume his new duties on July 1, succeeding interim Provost Elizabeth Graddy, who has served in that position since Jan. 1. He replaces Charles Zukoski, who stepped down in December.
“Carol has articulated a clear vision for USC through her moonshots — the health enterprise, advanced computing, academic excellence and athletic excellence,” Guzman said. “Academic excellence is at the center of the provost’s job, and Carol’s vision of putting both students and faculty at the center of our academic efforts resonates with me — as well as her emphasis on sustainability and diversity, equity and inclusion. This is the right portfolio for the best universities in the country to be focused on.”
Guzman joined USC Gould in 2015 as dean, professor of law and political science, and Carl Mason Franklin Chair in Law. Previously, he was a law professor at the UC Berkeley School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, starting in 1998 and served as associate dean for international and advanced programs from 2008-2015.
He has a long record of scholarly publications and is a widely respected leader in the field of international law. Guzman has written two books (How International Law Works and Overheated: The Human Cost of Climate Change), a casebook (International Trade Law), and has edited several collected works.
The Canadian-born Guzman says that his interest in international systems began with his multicultural upbringing. “My father was Dominican, and when I would visit family in the Dominican Republic, I would see poverty that I didn’t see in Canada,” he said. “So, I became very interested in international issues and global poverty, and that’s been a thread that has continued throughout my career.”
After graduating from the University of Toronto, he went on to earn his doctorate in economics from Harvard University and his law degree from Harvard Law School. His fascination with the complexities of global law drew him to academia rather than private practice shortly after he completed law school: He held visiting faculty positions at several institutions in the United States, Canada and Europe before joining UC Berkeley.
Guzman’s stint as dean of USC Gould has seen dynamic change at the school. He introduced a new bachelor’s degree in legal studies, one of only a handful of degrees of its kind nationwide. He expanded clinical learning, including the new Housing Law and Policy Clinic, and oversaw the establishment of the Center for Transnational Law and Business.
In support of students from all backgrounds, he launched the C. David Molina First Generation Professionals Program, one of the nation’s first administratively run support programs of its kind. He also appointed the law school’s first assistant dean of diversity, equity and inclusion.
“There are lot of reasons DEI is important,” he said. “The one that energizes me is: There’s very strong evidence that groups make better decisions when those groups are diverse. So, I’ve always tried to build diverse teams and diverse student populations. In our role of producing the leaders of tomorrow, we’d better be graduating a class that is deeply diverse, deeply other-regarding and deeply able to navigate the multicultural reality of our country.”
Guzman has also served as interim dean of USC Libraries since July 2022; in Folt’s announcement of Guzman’s appointment as provost, the president also noted that Marje Schuetze-Coburn, an associate dean at USC Libraries, will be taking on the duties of interim dean there. Professor Franita Tolson will become interim dean of USC Gould.
As he prepares to move into his new position, Guzman says that he’s looking forward to working with Folt, the deans and the rest of the USC community to build projects that will have enduring value to the university.
“I believe higher education is the real engine of success in our society,” Guzman said. “The opportunity to have this leadership position at an institution that has the scale, scope and excellence of USC is incredibly exciting.”
More than 73 individuals were evaluated as part of the provost search process. The search committee, which was made up of trustees, faculty, staff and students and chaired by University Professor Gaurav Sukhatme of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering, showed “great dedication and care throughout the process,” Folt said in her letter.
- Next Article: Welcoming Franita Tolson as USC Gould Co-Dean
- Previous Article: Tightening Up Tax Strategies
USC Gould Commencement Day 2023 - Ceremony Videos
May 12, 2023
Join the USC Gould School of Law in celebrating the accomplishments of the Class of 2023!
Katherine Sims JD ’23 to continue championing public service after graduation
May 11, 2023
Through the highly selective CA Attorney General Honors Program, Sims will be joining the CA Department of Justice
Rohan Garg JD ’23 to be Gould’s flag bearer for USC commencement ceremony
May 11, 2023
Garg is a DEI fellow and founder of the trial advocacy team at USC Gould