Frontiers - Society

  • March 2014

    The Voice of the People

    The Center for the Advanced Study of India launches a groundbreaking public opinion project.

    In less than two weeks the world’s largest electoral exercise will unfold in India  as an electorate of nearly 815 million—a third more than the total electorate in the EU and the US combined—goes to the polls. This is a potentially pivotal election in India, with the ruling Congress-party led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) facing defeat.

  • February 2014

    Following the Numbers

    Senior Urja Mittal investigates political donor habits.

    Urja Mittal has a lot on her plate. This April, the senior will not only argue her thesis, but present it at two unique academic venues: a Chicago political science honors program seminar; and a Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism conference here at the University.

  • February 2014

    Love and Money

    Professor of Economics Jeremy Greenwood investigates the intersection of relationships and economics.

    Is it possible that your love life is affecting the national economy? Jeremy Greenwood is working to prove just that. The Professor of Economics has been studying the intersection of relationships and economics for well over a decade.

  • January 2014

    Q and A: Putin’s Russia Ahead of the Sochi Olympics

    Rudra Sil and Kevin Platt provide insight on the political climate in Russia ahead of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games.

    With the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games fast approaching, Russia’s politics have become the subject of much debate. Backlash stemming from what many have deemed anti-gay legislation has created an international discourse, and fresh threats of terror from opposition groups complicate the buildup to the games.

  • December 2013

    Q and A: Border Conflict

    History doctoral candidate Adam Goodman investigates the dynamics of deportation.

    When working as a high school teacher on the U.S.-Mexico border, history doctoral candidate Adam Goodman became acutely aware of the role migration played in his students’ lives.

  • November 2013

    Q and A: Immigration Reform Inertia

    Emilio Parrado answers questions on immigration reform.

    Like healthcare before it, meaningful immigration reform in Congress is akin to political kryptonite. Promising reform, often bipartisan, inevitably falls by the wayside, while big-name reform supporters experience a change of heart.

  • November 2013

    Foreign Exchange

    Heather Sharkey examines the long-lasting effects of missionary work.

    In her new book Cultural Conversions: Unexpected Consequences of Christian Missionary Encounters in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, Heather J.

  • November 2013

    A Framework for Fighting AIDS

    Political science doctoral candidate Matthew Kavanagh argues that patents are counter-productive in developing countries.

    In the U.S. and other developed nations, AIDS is no longer seen as a death sentence. Yet in Africa thousands still can’t get the medications that make this miracle possible.

  • 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.”