School of Arts & Sciences

Understanding poverty and data

Regina Smalls Baker of the School of Arts & Sciences and Amy Castro Baker of the School of Social Policy & Practice explore how data can be better used to analyze and address poverty.

Brandon Baker

In the News

ABC News

Agree to disagree? How to talk politics in a politically divided household

Diana Mutz of the Annenberg School for Communication and School of Arts & Sciences offered advice for discussing politics with those who have different views. “It’s better for people to take turns, let the other person speak, don’t interrupt, just focus on listening. And then let them, you know, have a turn to do the same,” she said.



Proposition D seeks to remake St. Louis elections

Jack Nagel of the School of Arts & Sciences commented on a St. Louis proposition that would establish approval voting in local primaries. “It may be that some people only approve of one candidate,” he said. “But if there are genuinely two or more candidates that you think would do a good job, but you only vote for one of them, if everybody does that the system collapses to the conventional voting and you may get narrowly supported winners again.”


Chronicle of Higher Education

Student interest in the election is high. So are the barriers to voting

Nicholas Williams, College of Arts and Sciences sophomore and Penn Leads the Vote’s Communications Fellow, spoke about the organization’s efforts to teach students how to properly vote by mail.


Calling it: Brian Rosenwald

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about how November’s election might play out. “They’re going to try to get people to think that there’s something wrong because we don’t have results, that anything that comes in after Election Day is somehow tainted. That’s going to be the big argument,” he said.


Chronicle of Higher Education

What’s at stake for higher ed in the election?

Mitchell Orenstein of the School of Arts & Sciences called on colleges and universities to take a strong role in defending democracy. “Academic freedom can only exist in a society that protects political freedom,” he said.