Dr. A. Joshua West

Education and Professional Preparation


PhD (2007)            

Department of Earth Sciences,

University of Cambridge, UK          

MPhil (1999)         

Department of Geography,

University of Cambridge, UK          

BS (1998)              

Geology and Geophysics & International Studies

Yale College, New Haven, CT          

Academic Appointments


2010-present     Assistant Professor

Department of Earth Sciences,

University of Southern California

2006-2009         NERC Research Fellow

Department of Earth Sciences,

University of Oxford, United Kingdom


Visiting Appointments:

2014: Equipe de Geochimie et Cosmochimie, Insitut de Physique du Globe de Paris, France

2014: Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences,

California Institute of Technology

2009: Earth Dynamics Research Center,

National Cheng-Kung University, Taiwan


Academic Awards and Distinctions


2013 USC General Education Teaching Award

2013 US National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow

2010-present Zinsmeyer Early Career Chair, University of Southern California

2005 UK NERC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

2004 Outstanding Student Paper Award, American Geophysical Union Annual Meeting

2000 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship

2000 UK Overseas Research Studentship

1998 Marshall Scholarship

1998 Graduate Prize, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University

1998 Bensinger Fellowship, Davenport College, Yale University

1997 Penrith Mineralogy Prize, Department of Geology & Geophysics, Yale University

Representative Academic Service


At USC:

• Faculty advisor to Undergraduate Geology Honors Society (Sigma Gamma Epsilon), 2010-present

• Member, Provost’s Oversight Committee on Athletic Academic Affairs (OCAAA), 2012-present

• Member, Earth Sciences Graduate Student Review Committee, 2012-present

• Member of numerous faculty review and faculty search committees


In the wider community:

• Associate editor, American Journal of Science and Earth Surface Dynamics

• Member of Marshall Scholarship Selection Committee of the southern California region

• Numerous manuscript and proposal reviews annually