Frontiers - Society

  • August 2012

    Breaking the Bank

    Professors of Economics Dirk Krueger and Jesús Fernández-Villaverde discuss the state of the European economy.

    The European debt crisis has been out of the news lately. “Europe shuts down in August,” explains Professor of Economics Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, a native of Spain and Research Associate for the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) and Penn's Population Studies Center.

  • July 2012

    Game Face

    Associate Professor of Classical Studies Thomas Tartaron discusses the evolution of the Olympic Games.

    Imagine flipping on the television after a long four years, hungry for Olympic coverage, and after one 192-meter race, the closing ceremony begins. It would be a huge letdown; but in 776 B.C., this single event was the talk of the town, says Thomas Tartaron.

  • July 2012

    Partisan Power

    Matt Levendusky provides political insight on factors influencing voters’ decisions.

    The 2012 election is heating up fast and few are following it as closely as Matt Levendusky, Assistant Professor of Political Science.

  • May 2012

    The Weight of the World

    Associate Professor of Philosophy Kok-Chor Tan examines the intricacies of distributive justice on a global scale.

    Bad luck. We’ve all experienced it—the car breakdown on the way to work; the AC sputtering out on the hottest day of the year. Some bad luck isn’t as easy to recover from, though, especially when it veers into the tragic: natural disasters, serious health concerns and crippling poverty.

  • April 2012

    School Days

    Undergraduate student James Sadler investigates successful area high schools.

    James Sadler, C’13, is a man with a passion. A political science major with a minor in urban education, Sadler has been engaging with the Philadelphia school system since his freshman year, volunteering in various schools as well as writing an 89-page report that Joseph P.

  • April 2012

    Profile of a Crime

    John MacDonald sheds light on the Trayvon Martin case and the impact it's making on the public.

    The Trayvon Martin case is the latest chapter in a difficult story of race, crime and justice in America, as John MacDonald, Associate Professor and Chair of Criminology, will tell you.

  • March 2012

    Social Q's

    Social scientist Jere Behrman gives an inside look at his work outside the classroom.

    When not in the classroom, Jere Behrman, the William R. Kenan, Jr.

  • March 2012

    Tracing the First Americans

    Anthropologist Theodore Schurr studies the connection between Native Americans and the Altai population.

    The idea that the Americas were originally settled by Asian people migrating to North, and eventually South America across the Bering Strait, has been conclusively established by more than a century of extensive archaeological work. But recent decades have provided scientists with powerful new investigative tools to confirm this hypothesis.

  • March 2012

    A Pointe in Time

    Graduate student Whitney Laemmli discusses the evolution of pointe shoes.

    Pointe shoes have been co-stars in some of ballet’s most iconic and well-known moments, but it wasn’t until the 19th century that ballerinas started routinely going en pointe—the act of dancing on the tip of their toes—and not until the 20th century that dancers began spending the majority of their time on stage en pointe.

  • February 2012

    Calling It Like He Sees It

    John Lapinski shares his insider view on the Republican presidential nomination race.

    John Lapinski, Associate Professor of Political Science

    Ever wonder how news networks are able to call elections so early on? Sometimes before even one percent of precincts have reported?