Adjunct Assistant Professor
Division of Film & Television Production
Kathleen Dowdey is the Program Director for Trojan Vision, USC’s official campus television station. She teaches and coordinates CTPR 409 Practicum in Television Production and coordinates CTPR 404 Practicum in Podcast Production, a required course for the USC Podcasting Minor.
She writes, produces, and directs long-form documentary, nonfiction, news, talk shows, specials and series for broadcast and cable television on NBC, CBS, PBS, TBS, TLC, A&E, HGTV, Lifetime, Discovery and The History Channel. For five seasons she was a director (DGA) on the Emmy award-winning talk show, Dr. Phil, for CBS/Paramount. Most recently, she produced and directed the first documentary biography of legendary civil rights leader, John Lewis: Get in the Way, with a primetime premiere on PBS. She has traveled widely with the film to speak on voting rights and social justice activism.
Kathleen is also the Assistant Director for Duke in Los Angeles, an intensive academic and pre-professional program for Duke University. Each spring, she teaches an interdisciplinary survey course, Introduction to Global Los Angeles, and a practicum course for internships in film, television, media, start-up technology and community advocacy. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the International Documentary Association.