Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College

Arts & Humanities

On August 15, 2007, USC celebrated the opening of the Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College (PRB).

Parkside A&H was designed to create a space where students and faculty can form a strong scholarly community centered on the arts and humanities. Although intended for students of all disciplines, its theme allows for special interest floors dedicated to music, the visual arts, poetry and architecture. Living in Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College is not limited to majors in the arts and humanities. Everyone who appreciates the role of culture and the exploration of ideas is welcome.

Joining its two sister structures, Parkside International Residential College (IRC) and Parkside Apartments, to complete the Parkside Community, Parkside A&H is home to 440 primarily freshmen residents and three Residential Faculty members and their families. Together, Residential Faculty and Residential Education staff work to develop programs for residents that maximizes their college experience and provides added layers of support. Residents live in suite-style apartments, amidst state-of-the-art study lounges, music study rooms, recreation room with ping-pong, foosball and air hockey tables, and a Performance Café, all designed in response to student requests for more shared space.

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Parkside Arts & Humanities Staff


Headshot of Baylee GarlandBaylee Garland
Residential College Coordinator

Baylee Garland serves as the Residential College Coordinator for Parkside Arts & Humanities Residential College. Baylee is from southern California. She attended California State University, Northridge (CSUN) where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology as well as a Master’s in Public Health with a focus on community health education. During her time as an undergraduate student, Baylee served as a Resident Advisor and began working full time as an Assistant Community Director for Residential Life at CSUN after she finished her Bachelors. Baylee is particularly passionate about working with first generation college students and promoting health and wellness within our residential colleges. Outside of work, Baylee loves working out, going to Dodgers games, and traveling/ taking spontaneous trips!



Brett Sheehan
Faculty In Residence, Parkside Arts & Humanities
Professor, Chinese History

Teaching Chinese history is actually a second career for Brett Sheehan. He turned to academics after obtaining a degree in Finance and spending six years working as a commercial banker.

In academics, he combines his business background with his interest in Chinese history by researching and teaching about the history of business and capitalism in China. He lives at Parkside Arts and Humanities Residential College with his wife Yiyu Jiang, and you might see his son Malak around from time to time. Brett and Yiyu spend every summer in Shanghai China, one of the world’s most dynamic cities.

In fact, one of the highlights of his year is taking students to China to learn about globalization of consumer culture. He also teaches several GE classes, including one on the history of East Asian business (HIST 266), a class on the global history of the corporation (CORE 104), and a GE Seminar (GESEM130) on the history of Chinese capitalism which is run as an online, multi-player, interactive game where each student takes on a role as a Chinese peasant in about 1820 and then makes decisions about how to invest resources and survive over about 200 years of tumultuous history.

For fun, Brett loves working out, hiking, playing board games, and hanging out with Parkside students.

Edwin Hill

Faculty In Residence, Parkside Arts & Humanities
Associate Professor of French and Italian and American Studies and Ethnicity

Edwin Hill is an Associate Professor at the University of Southern California with joint appointments in the Department of French & Italian and the Department of American Studies & Ethnicity. His research interests come from his background in music performance and his passion for French culture. His scholarship lies at the intersections of popular music and literature, with a focus on histories of race and modernity, theories of sound, post/colonialism and black women writers and musicians, black Atlantic and Mediterranean noir fiction, and popular musical forms and cultural practices (jazz, hip hop, and house). He published his book “Black Soundscapes White Stages: The Meaning of Francophone Sound in the Black Atlantic” at Johns Hopkins University Press (African diaspora series, 2013). 

Lindsey Bier
Faculty In Residence, Parkside Arts & Humanities
Assistant Professor of Marshall School of Business

Lindsey M. Bier is Assistant Professor of Business Communication in the USC Marshall School of Business. Her work focuses on the role of non-state actors in public diplomacy, the relationship between country image and corporate image, and methodology for international empirical analysis. She regularly presents at conferences and publishes in peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Communication, Public Relations Review, Place Branding and Public Diplomacy, International Communication Gazette, and Journalism History. Media frequently interview her about corporate reputation and cross-national business issues.

Lindsey’s professional experiences encompass reputation management, media relations, and visual communication. She has worked as a research analyst and consulted for multinational corporations as well as media, educational, healthcare, and non-profit organizations. She has designed courses in image and reputation management and intercultural communication plus taught courses in international commerce, business communication strategy, public relations, mass media, organizational communication, and oral presentations. Lindsey is an international adventurer who has traveled to 40+ countries for professional and humanitarian purposes, including fellowships in Vietnam and Korea. She currently leads a USC study abroad program to Japan.

Before joining USC faculty, Lindsey earned a Ph.D. in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Tennessee. She enjoys learning to surf and watching collegiate football and basketball. She can often be found with coffee in hand as she and her dog Charley walk around campus.


Parkside Arts & Humanities Signature Events



Faculty Dinners

These are weekly dinners hosted by Parkside Faculty in Residence. In collaboration with IRC and Apartments, Arts & Humanities hosts a weekly Faculty Dinner with a specially designed weekly menu with cuisines from across the world. Each dinner has a guest speaker who has achieved a level of mastery and who speaks on the subject of his/her choice. Following dinner, residents convene at the faculty master’s home for dessert.

Arts in the PAHRC

A day-long celebration of resident work in the fine arts, film, dance and comedy held during the Spring Semester. Previous activities at Arts in the PAHRC have included a full line-up of resident musicians, an art showcase, and various arts and craft activities.

Adulting 101

Ongoing series of professional development lectures, discussions and Q&As. Previous programs have included a Resume Workshop, free professional headshots, a Q&A session with Parkside alumni seniors, Networking Advice, Career Fair & Interview Tips and Tricks, and a session on how to land a summer internship or research position at USC.

Students Volunteering at the Union Rescue Mission





Talks and Treats

A bi-weekly discussion series where residents can get together informally and discuss recent hot topics in the news and in their lives.

Camping Trip

An overnight camping trip to Leo Carillo State Park during the Spring.

Students camping at Leo Carillo State Beach in Malibu, CA

Party at the Darkside

A Halloween party hosted by Parkside area Building Governments. Parkside A&H residents host a costume contest and transform the Parkside Performance Cafe into a Haunted House for the bravest souls to enjoy.