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Stacy Smith

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Stacy L. Smith

Founder, USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative 
Stacy L. Smith

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at USC Annenberg and the Founder and Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII), the leading think tank globally studying issues of inequality in entertainment. AII research focuses on inclusion in film, television, and digital media and all facets of the music industry. Dr. Smith has written over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reports on media content patterns and effects. Her research examines inclusion in a yearly analysis of top-grossing films (on screen, behind the camera, executive ranks) and in popular music (artists, songwriters, producers), and she was the principal investigator of the CARD report. Dr. Smith speaks routinely on issues of inequality. She has given a TED Talk and spoken at the United Nations, the White House, Sundance Film Festival, Promax and LUNAFEST. Dr. Smith's work was the basis for the EPiX docuseries, 4%: Film's Gender Problem.