Frontiers - Society

  • November 2007

    Understanding Conflict

    Brendan O'Leary, Lauder Professor of Political Science and Director of the Penn Program in Ethnic Conflict, grew up thinking that ethnic conflict came standard with domestic politics. During the childhood years he spent in Nigeria, the Nigerian Civil War began when, in his neighborhood and in his own garden, members of Hausa ethnic group attacked the Igbo people.

  • April 2006

    Translating Worlds

    Studies in early Chinese philosophy.

    If you were to search your local bookstores for a copy of the Tao Te Ching, chances are you would find one that was “translated” by someone with knowledge of neither Chines

  • April 2006

    Freedom to Fight

    Political science professor examines why emerging democracies go to war.

    “No mature democracies have ever fought a war against each other,” writes Edward Mansfield, the Hum Rosen Professor of Political Science.

  • April 2006

    Tawkin’ American

    Linguist publishes first comprehensive guide to the varieties of speech patterns across the U.S. and Canada.

    In the musical My Fair Lady, phonetician Henry Higgins hid behind a pillar taking notes on the speech patterns of the Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle.

  • April 2006

    Continental Divide

    Sociologist Jerry Jacobs shows how time itself is dividing working Americans in new ways.

    When surveying the national landscape, Penn sociologist Jerry Jacobs and NYU professor Kathleen Gerson point to the “dramatic changes in the ways Americans organize their work and fam