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Marion Philadelphia

  • Academic Director John H. Mitchell Business of Cinematic Arts Program
  • President-Elect of the Marshall Faculty Council
  • Professor of Clinical Business Communication

Marion Philadelphia studied American and English literature combined with journalism and mass communication at the University of Hamburg, Germany. She began her professional career in Los Angeles, where she worked in public relations, journalism, marketing, and the themed entertainment industry. As an independent writer and translator, she is credited with numerous non-fiction book projects, including the Einstein Papers Project at the California Institute of Technology, and she is a published novelist. For more than two decades she has been faculty at the Marshall School of Business, where she chaired the department of business communication for seven years. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from USC’s Rossier School of Education.As a communication and educational leadership expert, she specializes in pedagogy, curriculum, instructional design, and faculty professional development. She was instrumental in the John H. Mitchell Business of Cinematic Arts program’s transformation to become the first joint undergraduate degree at USC between the School of Cinematic Arts and the Marshall School of Business. In her teaching, she focuses on human aspects, spanning topics from developing emotional intelligence and leadership skills to investigating the forces of internal and external organizational communication interactions. She is the recipient of the USC Mellon Award for Excellence in Faculty Mentoring and the Evan C. Thompson Faculty Mentoring and Leadership Award.

Marion Philadelphia

Areas of Expertise

Business Communication
Cinematic Arts
Entertainment Business


Business Communication