Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

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.

Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander: The first of many firsts

Despite encountering racism, sexism, and bigotry to get her Penn education, Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander became the first Black woman in the U.S. to get her Ph.D. in economics, and was one of the first three Black women to get a doctorate in any subject.

The Pennsylvania Gazette

Students’ spring shows go virtual

COVID-19 restrictions have forced nearly all student shows to go virtual this year, and they are cropping up throughout this month and next as Facebook livestreams, Zooms, and YouTube posts.

The Pennsylvania Gazette

In the News

The Washington Post

When philanthropy’s power couple splits, Melinda French Gates’s influence could grow

Peter Frumkin of the School of Social Policy & Practice weighed in on the future of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. “It is very hard to change directions quickly when you have a huge institution with multiyear commitments outstanding around the world,” he said.



Study: Conservative media drove belief of COVID-19 conspiracies

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center spoke about research she co-authored with Dan Romer, which explored the links between beliefs in COVID-19 conspiracy theories and reliance on conservative and social media outlets for information.


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Regional Roundup – 05/03/21

Fatemeh Shams of the School of Arts & Sciences was interviewed about her new book, “A Revolution in Rhyme,” which explores the role of poetry in modern-day Iran.


The New York Times

They are their own monuments

Paul Farber of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about Monument Lab’s collaboration with the Village of Arts and Humanities. The organizations developed and installed art exhibitions celebrating influential community members in Philadelphia public parks.


The Washington Post

Romney and Cheney were once quintessential conservative names. Then ‘conservative’ changed

Research co-authored by Dan Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences found that there isn’t necessarily a correlation between how conservative senators are based on their voting records and how conservative they’re perceived to by Republican activists. “For these activists, to be conservative is partly to support the Republican frontrunner/nominee,” wrote Hopkins and his co-author.