Frontiers - Society

  • January 2013

    Burden to Bear

    Associate Professor of Criminology John MacDonald discusses America’s relationship with guns

    The debate over gun control in America reveals a sharply divided public—and while many are passionate in their opposition to guns, the issue is rarely visited on a legislative level. But the recent mass shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn., have rekindled the debate over the place of guns in the U.S.

  • January 2013

    Audio: On the Precipice

    Presidential Term Professor of Economics Enrique Mendoza examines the fiscal cliff and its future significance

    The American economy is still recovering from the worst recession in decades. Following a presidential race largely defined by employment statistics and revenue policy, there is one thing nearly everyone agrees on: our current deficit is untenable. What, then, is the solution to America’s mounting debt problem?

  • December 2012

    The Power of Protest

    Assistant Professor of Political Science Daniel Gillion measures the political effects of protest movements.

    No one doubts that peaceful protest helped advance the Civil Rights movement. But what about more recent political protests, from anti-nuclear groups to the Million Man March to the Tea Party to Occupy Wall Street? Do they matter?

  • 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.