Frontiers - Society

  • January 2008

    Godly Republic

    John DiIulio's new book argues for the middle ground between secular and religious extremes in America's public life.

    Even before his brief stint as “faith czar” in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, John DiIulio, C’80, G’80, was a believer in the power of religion-government partnerships to help solve the nation’s social problems.

  • January 2008

    Virtual Activism

    Grad Student Asks, Can Online Dissent Change Real-World Politics?

    When doctoral student David Faris went to Egypt two summers ago, he was amazed to see the nation’s turbulent reaction to the July 2006 war between Israel and Lebanon.

  • November 2007

    Literature and the Politics of Place in South Africa

    Nelson Mandela was released from prison one week after Rita Barnard, Professor of English and Director of the Women's Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality, first visited the Penn campus.

  • 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