Political Science

Iran protests, explained

Historian Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet, an expert on modern Iran and gender in the School of Arts & Sciences, discusses what sparked the protests and why they’re important.

Kristen de Groot

Unpacking Latino conservatism

The Center for Latin American and Latinx Studies hosted Geraldo Cadava, author of “The Hispanic Republican,” and Penn political scientist Michael Jones-Correa to help situate recent Latino trends within the longer historical perspective.

Kristen de Groot

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In the News

U.S. News & World Report

Fears about WWIII are growing amid Russia-Ukraine war, survey finds

Rudra Sil and Kimberly St. Julian Varnon of the School of Arts & Sciences explain why surveys fearing a world war due to Russian provocation are no cause for panic.


USA Today

How protests in Iran over Mahsa Amini’s death ‘forever moved the debate’ over women’s rights

Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet of the School of Arts & Sciences discusses Iran’s long history of mandating what women can wear and the power employed by its “morality police.”



This is what life’s like in the world’s strictest COVID Zero city

Amy Gadsden of Penn Global says that China’s COVID Zero policies are a stark reminder of the party state’s ability to intervene in citizens’ lives in absolute and even cruel ways.


Salt Lake Tribune

Utah’s state treasurer pulls millions from investment firm over its climate and social agenda

Witold Henisz of the Wharton School says that new Republican anti-environmental state policies have created an opaque system in which politicians have total discretion.


ABC Australia

World Heritage—too much of a good thing?

PIK Professor Lynn Meskell, also of the Penn Museum, joins a radio conversation to discuss how the World Heritage Convention has become a victim of its own success.


USA Today

Up for debate? Midterm candidates dispute rules and dodge debates in a new campaign normal

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center explains why political candidates are questioning the effectiveness of debates.