Frontiers - Society

  • November 2009

    The Obama Presidency: Assessing Year One

    Political Science faculty consider the accomplishments of the Obama administration one year after a history-making election.

    Regardless of their positions on the political spectrum, Obama observers can

  • October 2009

    A New Baby Boom?

    Demographer Hans-Peter Kohler sees a rise in fertility in highly developed countries.

    One of the most established and accepted standards in the social sciences is that human fertility levels tend to decline as countries advance toward higher levels of social and economic development.

  • September 2009

    Next Door But Invisible: The World of Homelessness and Drug Addiction

    Penn medical anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and UC grad student Jeff Schonberg study the lives of homeless heroin addicts in San Francisco.

    For over a decade, medical anthropologist Philippe Bourgois and his grad student Jeff Schonberg studied the lives of homeless heroin addicts as they scrambled to survive on the streets of San Francisco.

  • August 2009

    Therapeutic Benefits and Risks

    Anthropologist Adriana Petryna charts the expansion of the global clinical trials industry.

    In her new book, When Experiments Travel: Clinical Trials and the Global Search for Human Subjects, Associate Professor of Anthropology Adriana Petryna takes as her subject the recent history and current state of the clinical trials industry.

  • August 2009

    Reality Check for Checklists

    Sociologist Charles Bosk analyzes the effectiveness of checklists in patient safety.

    Can simple solutions ensure the safety of medical procedures? Sociology professor Charles Bosk cautions that the nexus of science, technology and culture in the healthcare setting is anything but simple.

  • July 2009

    The New Entrepreneurs

    Recent College graduate Oscar Benitez sheds light on the economy of Mexican business ownership in South Philadelphia.

    During his sophomore year, Urban Studies major Oscar Benitez, C’09, received a grant from Penn’s Institute for Urban Research to study the domestic economy of a small but growing immigrant Mexican community in Philadelphia.

  • June 2009

    Law and Reconciliation in Rwanda

    Graduate student Kristin Doughty studies how perpetrators and victims coexist in post-genocide Rwanda.

    In the summer of 2004, Kristin Doughty, an anthropology doctoral student in the process of conducting pre-dissertation research, was having lunch with her friend Eugenie in an open-air restaurant in southern Rwanda.

  • May 2009

    Running on Empty

    College students produce prize-winning video on student awareness of the national debt.

    In a three-minute online video called Man on the Street 2, an interviewer’s voice asks, “Do you know what the current size of the national debt is?”

    A self-consciously stiff college student on camera responds, “Three-trillion dollars?”

    “Well, actually the answer is ten-trillion dollars,” the voice declares.

  • April 2009

    The Health of a Nation

    Graduate student Neil Mehta’s demographic research reveals surprising findings on issues of obesity and immigrant health in the U.S.

    By most measures, the health of people in the United States has been improving over the years.

  • April 2009

    Balancing Act

    Historian Richard Beeman’s new book explores the making of the American Constitution.

    In his new book, Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution, Professor of History Richard Beeman provides a day-by-day account of the struggle to create a frame of government unlike anything the world had ever seen.