Founder and Director | Annenberg Inclusion Initiative at USC

Stacy L. Smith, Ph.D. is Founder & Director of the USC Annenberg Inclusion Initiative (AII), the leading global think tank studying inequality in entertainment. Dr. Smith’s groundbreaking research examines inclusion (e.g. gender, race/ethnicity, the LGBT community, people with disabilities and mental health) across film, TV, digital platforms, the music industry, and film criticism. Beyond research, Dr. Smith crafts compelling and innovative solutions to entertainment inequality. Recently, in partnership with TIME’S UP, Tessa Thompson, and others, she launched the #4percentchallenge. She has authored over 100 articles, book chapters, and reports, and is covered regularly in popular press outlets, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, CBS This Morning, NPR, and many others. LA Weekly named Dr. Smith the most influential person in Los Angeles in 2015. She was deemed one of The Hollywood Reporter’s 50 Agents of Change in 2019.