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Thomas Sugrue discusses planned legislation to strip collective bargaining and other rights from union workers.Blake Cole
Labor unions, since before the New Deal, have been held up as a quintessential American right. They seek to protect wages, benefits and other workers' rights, especially in the public sector and at big corporations.
Graduate student Aubrey Baadsgaard studies the role of fashion in ancient Mesopotamia.Priya Ratneshwar
The frenzy caused by New York Fashion Week and red-carpet style at the Oscars may give the impression that contemporary society is particularly clothes-obsessed, but the research of Aubrey Baadsgaard, an anthropology doctoral student at Penn, shows that the concept of fashion is as old as human history itself.
New research by Diana Mutz explores the not-so-subtle influence of television on political beliefs.Loraine Terrell
What does Oliver Twist have in common with episode 7, season 12 of Law & Order? According to recent research by Diana Mutz, both may be examples of fictional content that has real consequences for people’s political attitudes and beliefs.
Associate Professor of History Beth Wenger chronicles Jewish Americans' quest for historical identity.Blake Cole
Every culture has its own origin story—its texts, its heroes and its beliefs. But in a relatively new country like America, how does any one culture stake their claim to an "American" history? It's a question that fascinates Professor of History Beth Wenger, as it pertains to Jewish Americans.
An audio Q&A with Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History Mary Frances BerryBlake Cole
It's a daunting task for President Obama: Put to words your vision for America's future while doing your best to pacify grievances. Fresh off the wake of the violence in Arizona, President Obama will shift speaking styles to deliver the State of the Union. How will the tragedy in Tucson affect his tone?
An audio Q&A with political scientist Neil Malhotra.Blake Cole
The 2010 midterm elections shook things up. A surge of support for new political movements like the Tea Party and worry over the economy contributed to heavy Democratic losses on both national and state levels, which ultimately saw Republicans recapturing the House.
Political scientist Alex Weisiger discusses the war in Afghanistan.Loraine Terrell
As part of the political science department’s November 11 panel discussion,
Criminologist Richard Berk designs software aimed at reducing recidivism.Blake Cole
What would it take to stop a crime before it occurred?
Associate Professor of Sociology Melissa Wilde looks to policies of the past and how they've shaped the current religious landscape.Blake Cole
An audio Q&A with political scientist Brendan O'Leary on his service as United Nations advisor.Peter Nichols and Christopher Abreu
In September, Lauder Professor of Political Science Brendan O'Leary returned to campus from a year's leave, during which he served as Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing for the Mediation Support Unit in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.
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