Steven J. Ross

Expert on Hollywood and politics, labor and working class history and depictions of unions and radicals in American film

Professor of History

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • labor and working class history
  • American social history
  • social history of American film
  • rise of Hollywood
  • film and the working class
  • role of sports in popular culture
  • Hollywood as an industry
  • depictions of unions and radicals in American film
  • social, political and economic factors that have shaped America, including immigration, industrialization, urbanization, war, poverty, crime, politics and success, as well as race, class and gender conflict
  • visual culture
  • American Nazism and fascism

Additional Information

  • Author of Workers on the Edge: Work, Leisure and Politics in Industrializing Cincinnati, 1788-1890 (1987), Working Class Hollywood: Silent Film and the Shaping of Class in America (1998) and¬†Hollywood Left and Right: How Movie Stars Shaped American Politics (2011)
  • Author of forthcoming¬†Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and America (fall 2017 Bloomsbury Press)

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