Frontiers - Society

  • December 2013

    Q and A: Border Conflict

    History doctoral candidate Adam Goodman investigates the dynamics of deportation.

    When working as a high school teacher on the U.S.-Mexico border, history doctoral candidate Adam Goodman became acutely aware of the role migration played in his students’ lives.

  • November 2013

    Q and A: Immigration Reform Inertia

    Emilio Parrado answers questions on immigration reform.

    Like healthcare before it, meaningful immigration reform in Congress is akin to political kryptonite. Promising reform, often bipartisan, inevitably falls by the wayside, while big-name reform supporters experience a change of heart.

  • November 2013

    Foreign Exchange

    Heather Sharkey examines the long-lasting effects of missionary work.

    In her new book Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missionary Encounters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, Heather J.

  • November 2013

    A Framework for Fighting AIDS

    Political science doctoral candidate Matthew Kavanagh argues that patents are counter-productive in developing countries.

    In the U.S. and other developed nations, AIDS is no longer seen as a death sentence. Yet in Africa thousands still can’t get the medications that make this miracle possible.

  • October 2013

    Scare Tactics

    The Penn Ghost Project turns a scholarly eye toward things that go bump in the night.

    This Halloween, the Penn Ghost Project is taking ghosts out of the shadows and bringing them into the classroom. The new initiative, fueled by the shared interest of six Penn Arts and Sciences faculty members who span a wide range of disciplines, kicks off this month with the Ghost and Healing symposium.

  • October 2013

    Genius in the Making

    Psychology’s Angela Duckworth receives prestigious "genius grant."

    Angela Duckworth, Associate Professor of Psychology, is one of 24 people named to the 2013 class of MacArthur Fellows. These prestigious “genius grants” are awarded to individuals who show “exceptional creativity in their work and the prospect for still more in the future.”

  • October 2013

    Immigration and Citizenship

    Penn’s Social Science and Policy Forum tackles the hot-button issue.

    Among the hot-button issues in America, immigration is one of the most divisive. Viewed as political kryptonite, politicians often use buzzwords like “fence” and “amnesty,” but immigration policy remains largely untouched. What do scholars have to say on the subject? How do we go about dissecting such a complex, worldwide challenge?

  • October 2013

    Audio Q and A: Shutdown Survival Guide

    Marc Meredith sheds light on the government shutdown.

  • August 2013

    Tracing a Global History

    Ph.D. candidate Zain Lakhani historicizes the politics of sexual violence against women in the age of human rights.

    History Ph.D. candidate Zain Lakhani set out to study sexual violence in the United States, but the more she learned, the more she realized she was telling a global story.

  • August 2013

    Windows on Asia

    Victor Mair, Professor of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, provides a deep perspective on China.

    Victor Mair has a thing for snails. He has hundreds—most at home, with a handful strewn across his office on campus.