Frontiers - Society

  • January 2011

    The State of the Union: Defining America From a Tightrope

    An audio Q&A with Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History Mary Frances Berry

    It's a daunting task for President Obama: Put to words your vision for America's future while doing your best to pacify grievances. Fresh off the wake of the violence in Arizona, President Obama will shift speaking styles to deliver the State of the Union. How will the tragedy in Tucson affect his tone?

  • December 2010

    The 112th Congress: Compromise or Gridlock?

    An audio Q&A with political scientist Neil Malhotra.

    The 2010 midterm elections shook things up. A surge of support for new political movements like the Tea Party and worry over the economy contributed to heavy Democratic losses on both national and state levels, which ultimately saw Republicans recapturing the House.

  • November 2010

    The U.S. Challenge in Afghanistan

    Political scientist Alex Weisiger discusses the war in Afghanistan.

    As part of the political science department’s November 11 panel discussion,

  • November 2010

    Actuarial Criminology

    Criminologist Richard Berk designs software aimed at reducing recidivism.

    What would it take to stop a crime before it occurred?

  • November 2010

    Examining Religion's Past With an Eye on the Present

    Associate Professor of Sociology Melissa Wilde looks to policies of the past and how they've shaped the current religious landscape.

    What's the next best thing to being a fly on the wall at the Second Vatican Council? For Melissa Wilde, Associate Professor of Sociology, it was being granted access to the Vatican Secret Archives.

  • October 2010

    Analysis That Matters

    An audio Q&A with political scientist Brendan O'Leary on his service as United Nations advisor.

    In September, Lauder Professor of Political Science Brendan O'Leary returned to campus from a year's leave, during which he served as Senior Advisor on Power-Sharing for the Mediation Support Unit in the United Nations Department of Political Affairs.

  • August 2010

    Law and Reconciliation in Rwanda

    Graduate student Kristin Doughty studies how perpetrators and victims coexist in post-genocide Rwanda.

    In the summer of 2004, Kristin Doughty, an anthropology doctoral student in the process of conducting pre-dissertation research, was having lunch with her friend Eugenie in an open-air restaurant in southern Rwanda.

  • June 2010

    The Economics of Peace

    Recent College graduate Sam Adelsberg helps micro-entrepreneurs in the West Bank.

    For Sam Adelsberg, C’10, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has always been more than just an intellectual interest.

  • April 2010

    After the Flood

    Graduate student Aaron Mulvany studies competing narratives of flood and recovery in South Indian coastal communities.

    In 2005, six months after a massive tsunami devastated South and Southeast Asia, South Asia Studies doctoral student Aaron Mulvany visited India’s Coromandel Coast, along the Bay of Bengal.

  • April 2010

    The Eyes of the People

    Political scientist Jeffrey Green challenges the notion of vox populi.

    We ordinarily think of democracy as the form of self-government in which ordinary citizens have a say in decisions that affect their lives. “We the People” are empowered, we generally assume, because we have a voice in elections and in public opinion through which are heard the vox populi.