Frontiers - Society

  • October 2008

    An Uncertain Revolution

    Sociologist Jason Schnittker's new study shows that the rise of a genetic model of mental illness has not increased tolerance.

    New research by Associate Professor of

  • October 2008

    A Crisis of Malnutrition

    Undergraduate Lavanya Madhusudan explores the connection between malnutrition and women’s welfare in India.

    In a class on health policy in South Asia, Health and Societies major Lavanya Madhusudan, C’09, was singularly affected by a documentary about the malnutrition of females in India. The film described the plight of girls from a village near the city of Bangalore, where Madhusudan was born.

  • September 2008

    Election Q&A with Don Kettl

    Political scientist Don Kettl answers questions about the candidates' experience and the challenges they face.

    Don Kettl, the Robert

  • September 2008

    Optimism and Paranoia

    PIK Professor John Jackson talks about the new reality of race in America.

    In his new book, Racial Paranoia: The Unintended Consequences of Political Correctness, Richard Perry University Associate Professor of Communication and Anthropology John L.

  • August 2008

    Luxurious Citizens

    Graduate student Jo Cohen studies the relationship between consumption and citizenship in 19th-century America.

    From “buy American” campaigns to appeals in Chevrolet ads to “refuel Ame

  • August 2008

    Dangerous Passage

    Undergraduate Kojo Minta explores the forces behind human trafficking in Africa.

    Last year, thousands of illegal immigrants from Africa attempted to enter

  • July 2008

    Heredity and Hope

    Ruth Schwartz Cowan’s new book explores the case for genetic screening.

    The mapping of the human genome is said to herald a brighter future for

  • May 2008

    The Dynamics of Violence

    Sociologist Randall Collins argues that violent confrontations go against human hardwiring.

    From genocidal politics half a world away to school shootings in our back

  • April 2008

    Recognizing Pennsylvania's Native American Heritage

    Anthropology major Abby Seldin curates groundbreaking exhibit on Lenape Nation in Pennsylvania.

    Anthropology junior Abby Seldin never dreamed that the independent project she began during her sophomore year would end up defining her Penn experience.

  • April 2008

    Unlocking the Secrets of a ‘Lost’ Mycenaean Port City

    Classics professor Thomas Tartaron explores a Bronze Age harbor to understand the mechanisms of expansion and trade in ancient Greece.

    Some 3,500 years ago on the mainland of Greece, the Mycenaeans began building one of the most powerful state-level societies in the Aegean region. With their rich warrior aristocracy and wide-ranging trade routes, their impact was such that several hundred years after their decline, they became the subjects of Homer’s great epic poems.