Philip J. Ethington

Expert in urban history specializing in California and visual representation of change

Professor of History
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences


  • racial segregation and urban environment in Los Angeles from 1921-2001
  • historical patterns of immigration to the U.S.
  • immigration, ethnicity and race
  • social and political resources of immigrants in a comparative perspective from the 1890s to the 1990s
  • urban problems and policies in historical perspective
  • 20th century politics and policy
  • Western history
  • California history
  • Los Angeles history
  • networked information for public access
  • urban information resources
  • secession
  • global cities

Additional Information

      Author of

The Public City: The Political Construction of Urban Life in San Francisco, 1850-1900



    Director of Digital Archive Integration, USC University Libraries

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