Frontiers - Society

  • December 2012

    A Time to Give

    Religious Studies graduate student Jonathan Seif looks at changing ideas of charity in medieval Europe.

    It’s a time of year when many people are thinking about giving—and, necessarily, about the best ways and places for them to give. But questions like this are not just a modern concern: Religions through the centuries have encouraged charity, and at the same time struggled with how best to care for the poor.

  • December 2012

    Video: Community Driven

    College senior Emily Goshey explores the Philadelphia Muslim culture.

    As a double major in Religious Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, concentrating on Arabic and Islamic Studies, Emily Goshey, C’13, was accustomed to immersing herself in other cultures while in the classroom. But as she was exposed to more and more of the curriculum, she realized something was missing.

  • October 2012

    Making Sense of the Polls

    Associate Professor of Political Science John Lapinski sheds light on the polling process in the last days before the election.

    With Election Day less than a week away, politicians, pundits and citizens alike are scrambling for the latest political polls in hopes of any indication as to who might come out on top.

  • October 2012

    Voter Identity

    Doctoral student Mara-Cecilia Ostfeld investigates Latino voter identity.

    In an effort to help predict trends among the electorate, pundits and pollsters often characterize large portions of voters as belonging to a certain demographic that by and large votes the same.

  • September 2012

    Stress Test

    Associate Professor of Psychology Sara Jaffee investigates early childhood behavior.

    All parents have experienced it—the temper tantrum at the grocery store, the tears on the first day of kindergarten. What if there was a way to predict behavioral issues and anticipate intervention methods?

  • September 2012

    Election Countdown

    Assistant Professor of Political Science Marc Meredith dissects the 2012 campaigns.

    With less than 40 days until millions of Americans cast their vote for the next president of the United States, the electorate is still brimming with questions.

  • August 2012


    Senior Autumn Patterson Travels the Globe in Preparation for a Career in Foreign Service.

    Autumn Patterson, C’13, Political Science, is fulfilling her dream to travel the globe as a Foreign Service Officer. With the help of a Fellowship from the U.S.

  • 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

    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.

  • 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.