Frontiers - Society

  • September 2015

    Moving Forward at Fels

    Nelson Lim, new Fels Executive Director, brings his national think-tank experience to Penn.

    Fels Institute of Government’s new Executive Director Nelson Lim comes at a time of big change for the institute—and that is not an accident.

  • September 2015

    The Pope in Philadelphia

    Melissa Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology, discusses the Philadelphia papal visit.

    On September 26 Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia to host the World Meeting of Families, an intercultural celebration of family life that takes place every three years in a different international venue.

  • August 2015

    Friends Don’t Let Friends Have Bad Credit

    Economics Ph.D. candidate Yanhao Wei is researching the concept of "social credit scoring."

    Would you be willing to give up a friend to get a loan? A new approach to calculating credit ratings might put that question on the table.

  • August 2015

    A 10-Year Covenant to Serve: Penn’s Fox Leadership Program in Post-Katrina New Orleans (Video)

    The 2005 fall semester had just begun when Marc Morial, C’80, the former mayor of New Orleans, traveled to Penn’s campus. One month earlier Hurricane Katrina had devastated his city, resulting in over 1,500 deaths and more than $100 billion in total damages. He had come with a request and a challenge: Don’t forget New Orleans.

  • August 2015

    When in Sweden…

    Organizational Dynamics student Erinn Carey blogged about gender equality, health care, and the idea of "lagom."

    It’s only a little larger than California, but the influence of Swedish ideas and innovations can be seen worldwide in government structures, health and social policies, working life, education, science, art, literature, and design. How do they do it?

  • July 2015

    A Greek Drama

    Economics Professor Dirk Krueger discusses the Greek fiscal crisis.

    The gross domestic product of Greece is only about 1 percent of the eurozone’s total GDP, but the Greek economy has been the center of the world’s attention for weeks. On June 27, with the previous rescue package due to expire, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras proposed a public referendum on the new bailout agreement; over 61% of the Greek people voted no.

  • July 2015

    Brain Tease

    Professor of Psychology Robert Kurzban analyzes Pixar's "Inside Out."

    Film studio Pixar has developed a reputation for nuanced plotlines that speak to audiences both young and old, but with its new movie, Inside Out, the studio enters a new realm entirely: child psychology.

  • June 2015

    Summer Abroad

    Amy Summer and Kurt Koehler, student interns sponsored by the Center for the Advanced Study of India, blog about their experiences.

    Each summer the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) provides funding and support to undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania to conduct independent research and volunteer internships in India. Featured below are excerpts from two CASI student intern blogs:

  • May 2015


    Associate Professor of Political Science Michael Horowitz discusses future weapons systems.

    It’s a familiar science-fiction motif: Our robotic creations become self-aware and turn against humanity.

  • April 2015

    Nature in the Anthropocene

    The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities brings together a wide range of experts for its Urban Nature, Natural City event.

    The Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH), which aims to generate knowledge about the environment and sustainability by bridging the sciences and the humanities, brought together a diverse group of activists, faculty, and students for the Urban Nature, Natural City event on April 10.