Frontiers - Society

  • November 2014

    Just a Hypocrite?

    Associate Professor of Classical Studies Emily Wilson looks at Seneca’s compromises.

    What would you think of a man who amassed a huge personal fortune as he tutored and advised a disastrous dictator—all the while saying that virtue was the only thing that mattered? Call him a hypocrite and dismiss him? Associate Professor of Classical Studies Emily Wilson asks us to think again.

  • November 2014

    Far From Left

    Professor of Political Science Adolph Reed, Jr. examines liberal politics.

    Have American liberals lost their way? Adolph Reed, Jr. thinks so. It hasn’t happened overnight. It’s been a gradual decline, beginning in the period between 1935 and 1945—what Reed calls the golden age of the left. During this time, Democrats rallied around President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s labor and medical care initiatives.

  • October 2014

    How You Win the Game

    Psychology professor Coren Apicella explores the relationship between competition and hormones.

    When Zach Hertz of the Philadelphia Eagles caught the first touchdown that led to this season’s shutout against the Giants, both his arms shot skywards in a wide V. To Assistant Professor of Psychology Coren Apicella, this display signals something more than a moment of celebration.

  • October 2014

    Prison and Health

    Graduate student Valerio Bacak gathers evidence for better criminal justice penalties.

    How does imprisonment affect health? Valerio Bacak, a doctoral candidate in sociology, is developing new ways to find answers.

  • October 2014

    Mistaken Identity

    Sociologist Emilio Parrado discusses the demographic relationship between fertility and immigration.

    This past August, Professor of Sociology Emilio Parrado was part of a team awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to study the interaction between immigration and fertility. Using existing population data and new analytics methods, Parrado, also the department chair, seeks to refine the way U.S.

  • September 2014

    Knowledge Vault

    Sophomore Brianna Krejci investigates the cemeteries of historic Germantown.

    By the time spring semester had ended, Brianna Krejci had already decided what she was not going to do: spend the summer back home in Wisconsin. She turned instead to the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships in her search for a unique summer job that would have an impact on the Philadelphia community. She found it at the Historic Germantown Society.
  • September 2014

    Poverty Warrior

    Remembering Annenberg Professor of History Michael Katz.

    “My most valued colleague, Michael B. Katz, just passed away after a long struggle with cancer. I already miss him terribly,” Thomas Sugrue wrote on his Facebook page August 24. Sugrue, the David Boies Professor of History, went on, “He was a model mentor and scholar, someone who fearlessly engaged the world outside the academy.

  • September 2014

    Understanding ISIS/ISIL (Video)

    A Political Science Roundtable Discussion

    What is ISIS? Where did it come from, what does it want, and how is the group's emergence related to broader political trends in the Middle East? And what does this mean for the West?

  • August 2014

    Defying the Odds

    Political Science's Devesh Kapur examines Dalit entrepreneurs.

    In recent years, and especially since the 2008 economic crisis, capitalism has been under siege in the West for its structural role in increasing income, and, even more so, wealth inequality. But indicators of income or wealth as measures of inequality are inadequate in societies where social inequalities—servility, humiliation, lack of self-respect—are important.

  • August 2014

    The Science of Ethics

    Doctoral student Justin Landy studies stressful decision-making scenarios.

    Consider this dilemma: A pandemic of a new and virulent influenza is sweeping the United States, and there is a scarcity of the only antiviral agent that can save lives. You are a physician in an emergency room with a single dose of this drug, and are evaluating three patients: a 35-year-old, a 10-year-old, and an infant. All are acutely ill, but you can administer the drug to only one.