Graduate Division News

  • Statement from Dean Steven Fluharty on the Future of African Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences

    The School of Arts and Sciences has decided to consolidate the current activities of the Africa Center, shifting the administration of its programming and non-language teaching activities to the Center for Africana Studies, and the administration of the language teaching programs to the Penn Language Center. These consolidations will take effect July 1, 2015.

  • Penn Arts and Sciences Faculty, Grad Students Receive Teaching Awards

    Steven J. Fluharty, Dean of Penn Arts and Sciences, and Dennis DeTurck, Stephen A. Levin Dean of the College, have announced the recipients of the School’s 2015 teaching awards. The winners will be honored at a School-wide reception on Thursday, April 30, at 4 p.m. in 200 College Hall.

    Ira H. Abrams Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching

  • Fels Hosts Fourth Annual Public Policy Challenge National Invitational in Philadelphia

    On March 22, the Fels Institute of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and Governing, the publication of record for state and local leaders, hosted the Fourth Annual Public Policy Challenge National Invitational at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

  • Three Arts and Sciences Faculty Named to Endowed Chairs

    Dean Steven J. Fluharty is pleased to announce the naming of three faculty members to endowed chairs in the School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Penn Announces New Undergraduate Minor in Psychoanalytic Studies

    Penn Arts and Sciences has established a new undergraduate minor in psychoanalytic studies, making it one of the few schools in the world to offer this opportunity.

  • College Alumna Wins Gates Cambridge Scholarship

    Jocelyn Perry, C’13, has won a Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a graduate degree at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She is among 40 U.S. recipients of Gates Cambridge Scholarships this year.

  • Professor Fakhraai Awarded Sloan Research Fellowship

    Assistant Professor of Chemistry Zahra Fakhraai has received a Sloan Research Fellowship. Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as the next generation of scientific leaders.

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Scary Outbreaks Distort Our Priorities

    Ebola is inescapable. A recent Google News search turned up the following numbers of hits:

    Malaria: 98,900
    Heart disease: 126,000
    AIDS: 524,000
    Ebola: 28.1 million

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Democracy May Be Less Deliberative Than You Think

    Eighteenth-century philosopher Adam Smith referred to individual self-interest as the “invisible hand” of the market. Robert Kurzban, professor of psychology and departmental director of undergraduate studies, and senior researcher Jason Weeden believe that the same impulse has a significant influence on political decisions made by individuals and groups.

  • Penn Arts & Sciences Magazine: Defying the Odds

    In Defying the Odds: The Rise of Dalit Entrepreneurs, Director of the Penn Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI), Madan Lal Sobti Associate Professor for the Study of Contemporary India, and Associate Professor of Political Science Devesh Kapur relates the underdog story of 21 Dalit (previously known as “untouchable”) entrepreneurs in India who overcame the stigma of their cast