School of Social Policy & Practice

Penn Vet dual degrees: The student experience

The expansion of the dual degree program is timely, given the recent perfect storm of a pandemic; growing awareness of social, racial and economic inequity; and increased impact of climate change .

From Penn Vet

The world according to Walter Palmer

The educator, organizer, and alumnus discusses his six decades of activism, growing up in the Black Bottom, studying and teaching at Penn, his work at CHOP, the student strike of 1967, the Vietnam War, Frank Rizzo, Donald Trump, school choice, gun violence, the Chauvin trial, and why he thinks racism should be declared a national public health crisis.

Greg Johnson

Fighting poverty with cash

Amy Castro Baker has helped deliver promising data out of Stockton, California, about the effects of giving people no-strings-attached money every month. Now boosted by a new research center at Penn that she’ll colead, more cities are jumping on board.

In the News

The New York Times

A planned Biden order aims to tilt the job market toward workers

Research co-led by Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice found that corporate mergers can create a job market heavily concentrated among a few employers, resulting in a 5-17% decline in wages.


Philadelphia Inquirer

The number of Philly high school students who are homeless may be four times higher than what’s been reported

Dan Treglia of the School of Social Policy & Practice co-authored a report about homelessness among high school students. The survey corrects for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s tally of those living in shelters and on the street, which Treglia says misses homeless high schoolers who are staying with friends.


NBC News

Airports have always had trouble attracting workers. Expect longer lines for a while, experts say

Ioana Marinescu of the School of Social Policy & Practice explained why many companies are struggling to find new employees. “The pool of workers is roughly constant, while the number of employers trying to hire is going up and up and up,” she said.



What is anticipatory grief and how does it work?

Allison Werner-Lin of the School of Social Policy & Practice spoke about anticipatory grief, the distress one feels leading up to an impending loss or change, “even if the change is exciting and anticipated and chosen,” she said.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution

COVID-19′s put extra stress on foster care youth

Johanna Greeson of the School of Social Policy & Practice led a study that surveyed current and recent foster youth in the U.S. about their experiences of the pandemic. Many respondents reported facing housing instability, food insecurity, and a lack of support. “I hope we can use this learning to inform policy and practice changes so that when disaster strikes again, all our systems, including health care, can more effectively respond to the safety, health, and well-being needs of these marginalized young people,” said Greeson.