Frontiers - Society

  • April 2009

    The Health of a Nation

    Graduate student Neil Mehta’s demographic research reveals surprising findings on issues of obesity and immigrant health in the U.S.

    By most measures, the health of people in the United States has been improving over the years.

  • April 2009

    Balancing Act

    Historian Richard Beeman’s new book explores the making of the American Constitution.

    In his new book, Plain, Honest Men: The Making of the American Constitution, Professor of History Richard Beeman provides a day-by-day account of the struggle to create a frame of government unlike anything the world had ever seen.

  • March 2009

    Virtual Mummy

    Undergraduate Samantha Cox takes a new look at museum specimens using CT scan technology.

    Samantha Cox, anthropology major and junior in the College of Arts and Sciences, has spent the past three years helping researchers at the Penn Museum develop a virtual museum of its physical anthropology collection.

  • March 2009

    How to Get Out of Iraq

    Political science scholar and international adviser Brendan O'Leary maintains that the Iraq constitution offers the best framework for stability and democracy.

    Brendan O’Leary thinks the best thing for Iraq and its neighbors is not a strong Baghdad-based government but a decentralized federation of provinces. In fact, that’s what the Iraqi Constitution calls for. 

  • March 2009

    Archaeology Matters

    Archaeologist Jeremy Sabloff's new book argues for the modern-day relevance of studying the long-ago and faraway.

    Environmental sustainability, population growth, urban blight—these pressing dilemmas seem distinctly contemporary. But Jeremy Sabloff, the Christopher H.

  • February 2009

    Mr. Fixit

    In his new book, political scientist Donald Kettl argues that 20th-century government is no match for 21st-century problems.

  • January 2009

    Echoes of the Presidential Past

    American historian Bruce Kuklick shares his thoughts on this inaugural moment.

    As President Barack Obama commenced his inaugural address on Tuesday, the pundits and journalists who've spent recent months drawing (and debating) comparisons between Obama and past presidents were not the only ones expecting to hear invocations of Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

  • January 2009

    Unintended Consequences

    Middle East scholar Heather Sharkey’s new book examines the impact of American Presbyterian missionaries in Egypt.

    In 1854, a group of American Presbyterian missionaries left Philadelphia and traveled to Egypt as part of a larger Anglo-American Protestant movement for universal evangelization. Over the next century, they gained few converts.

  • January 2009

    Paper Promises

    Psychology and law scholar Tess Wilkinson-Ryan studies the role of moral judgment in contract law.

    Imagine that a trusted friend made a promise to you, and then broke it. When confronted, he or she offers to compensate you in cash for their betrayal. Chances are, you wouldn’t consider it an acceptable trade. But if you both had written the promise on paper and turned it into a legal contract, the law would expect you to do just that.   

  • December 2008

    Doctors Without Modems?

    Technology Historian Nathan Ensmenger checks the pulse of the e-health revolution.

    From shopping and bill-paying to media consumption and socializing, Americans engage in dozens of routinized, Internet-mediated activities every day. And while the wired world may still skew young, Internet usage is becoming steadily more prevalent across all demographic lines.