Cowlings Residential College

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Cowlings Residential College focuses on arts & culture. The residents of Cowlings Residential College will awaken their inner cultural explorer.  USC and the city of Los Angeles is the home to many musicians, filmmakers, fashion designers, painters, and various artists from around the world. Through programs offered within the community and coordinated events within the Los Angeles area, the residents of Cowlings Residential College will be surrounded by a wealth of experiences that will enrich their learning. Want to weave through the “Urban Light” exhibit at LACMA and discover its origins? Watch local slam poets perform pieces rooted in human experience in the halls? Sample a wealth of flavors at seasonal food festivals? Through the guidance of faculty, staff, and peers, the residents of Cowlings Residential College will find their niche within USC and the City of Angels.


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Cowlings Residential College Staff & Faculty


Morgan Vinson
Residential College Coordinator 
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Morgan Vinson is from the East Bay Area in Northern California and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where she received her bachelor’s in sociology with a minor in Italian studies. After graduating, she worked for two years as an assistant resident director at UCSB in first-year communities, and further developed her passion for advising, conduct, and social justice and diversity work. Vinson earned her master’s in student affairs administration from UCLA. Her research interests are based around a deep understanding of hegemonic masculinity and how it affects higher education and the development of women of color. While at UCLA, she worked in the Dean of Students Office with assessments, surveys, and case files. In her free time, Vinson enjoys making music, cooking, Core Power Yoga, reading, and spending time with friends and family. She speaks Italian near-fluently, and she considers herself a feminist.



Coleman Reardon
Graduate Residential College Coordinator 
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Coleman Reardon is the Graduate Residential College Coordinator for Cowlings and Ilium Residential Colleges. He is pursuing his master’s degree in Post-secondary Administration and Student Affairs at USC Rossier. Born and raised in Cohoes, New York, Coleman received his bachelor’s in Public Relations and Political Science from the University of Miami. While at Miami, Coleman was involved in residential life, student government, and homecoming. He loves trying new foods, flamingos and keeping up with Hurricanes sports. Coleman is new to the LA area, so he is excited to do some exploring and learn more about all that the city has to offer, and he is looking forward to helping members of our Trojan Family make LA and USC their home!





Laura Baker

Laura Baker
Faculty in Residence
Cowlings & Ilium Residential Colleges

Professor Laura Baker lives as Faculty in Residence in Cowlings & Ilium.  She is also on the faculty in Psychology at USC, where she teaches and does research in behavioral genetics and individual differences. Baker’s research involves the study of genetic and environmental influences in human behavior, with a focus on aggressive and antisocial behavior. She teaches courses in behavioral genetics, statistics, human sexuality, and has a new course on the Science of Meditation.  She lives in Cowlings / Ilium in Room 5504 along with her cat, Sophie. Her three kids are here from time to time as well, including two sons, Colin (USC 2014) and Cameron (Willamette 2017), and a daughter, Morgan (Tufts 2012), who recently finished her PhD in math at the University of Utah.