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Video: Emerson Brooking investigates the similarities between ancient and modern military tactics.Blake Cole
For many, the day-to-day U.S. military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan are difficult to relate to.
Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India helms breakthrough study of socioeconomics among India's Dalit caste.Blake Cole
Penn's Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) is funding and designing the largest non-government study of economic gains made by India's Dalit caste. Dalits comprise about one-sixth of the country's population and historically have been at the bottom of the complex social hierarchy that constitutes the caste system.
Graduate student Elizabeth Lee studies socioeconomic inequality in higher education.Priya Ratneshwar
During her years working in the financial aid office of an elite university, sociology doctoral student Elizabeth Lee was struck by the discrepancy between her daily dealings with students and their own experiences at school.
Adriana Petryna says the decades-old disaster may prove invaluable in responding to Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant accident.Blake Cole
Media coverage of the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan has overshadowed the destruction caused by the devastating earthquake and resulting tsunami. Though there have been many nuclear plant accidents in the past half-century, only a select few have garnered the kind of international attention Japan's current one has.
Thomas Sugrue discusses planned legislation to strip collective bargaining and other rights from union workers.Blake Cole
Labor unions, since before the New Deal, have been held up as a quintessential American right. They seek to protect wages, benefits and other workers' rights, especially in the public sector and at big corporations.
Graduate student Aubrey Baadsgaard studies the role of fashion in ancient Mesopotamia.Priya Ratneshwar
The frenzy caused by New York Fashion Week and red-carpet style at the Oscars may give the impression that contemporary society is particularly clothes-obsessed, but the research of Aubrey Baadsgaard, an anthropology doctoral student at Penn, shows that the concept of fashion is as old as human history itself.
New research by Diana Mutz explores the not-so-subtle influence of television on political beliefs.Loraine Terrell
What does Oliver Twist have in common with episode 7, season 12 of Law & Order? According to recent research by Diana Mutz, both may be examples of fictional content that has real consequences for people’s political attitudes and beliefs.
Associate Professor of History Beth Wenger chronicles Jewish Americans' quest for historical identity.Blake Cole
Every culture has its own origin story—its texts, its heroes and its beliefs. But in a relatively new country like America, how does any one culture stake their claim to an "American" history? It's a question that fascinates Professor of History Beth Wenger, as it pertains to Jewish Americans.
An audio Q&A with Professor of American Social Thought and Professor of History Mary Frances BerryBlake Cole
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?
An audio Q&A with political scientist Neil Malhotra.Blake Cole
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.
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