Frontiers - Society

  • 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.

  • July 2013

    Southern Ban

    Michael Morse unravels the “crazy quilt” of ex-felon disenfranchisement laws in the South.

    There are many ways to lose the right to vote in this country, and, as Michael Morse, C’13, has discovered, the path back can be prohibitive and obscure, especially in the South.

  • June 2013

    From Shylock to Rothschild

    Liliane Weissberg examines Jews, money, and clichés in new exhibition.

    As a scholar of German and comparative literature, it’s second nature for Liliane Weissberg, Christopher H. Browne Professor in the Arts and Sciences, to see literature as a window to deeper truths about society and culture.

  • May 2013

    Classroom Dynamics

    Professor of Sociology Grace Kao studies the immigrant experience and its effect on educational outcomes.

    Study hard and you’ll succeed—seems simple enough. When viewed through the eyes of a sociologist, however, it’s a gross simplification.

  • April 2013

    Root Causes

    Anthea Butler, Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies, gives the issue of black women’s hair care an academic spin.

    Anyone believing that hair styles for black women are just a matter of personal preference should Google “Malia Obama’s braids” to see the heated debate initiated by the fact the president’s daughter wore her hair “natural” (meaning not straightened) and neatly braided in rows.