Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

New Leadership and a New Affiliation for Penn's Fels Center of Government

PHILADELPHIA - Samuel H. Preston, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania, has named leading criminologist Lawrence W. Sherman as the new Director of the Fels Center of Government. Sherman will also be appointed the Albert M. Greenfield Professor of Human Relations in the Department of Sociology.

Elaine Wilner

A Quarter-century of Community Partnerships

Glen Casey will be the first to admit it: He wasn’t the perfect student in high school. “I was always doing the dumbest things; getting into fights, getting arrested,” he says. A student then at University City High, Casey failed ninth grade, and barely passed 10th. “I just really wasn’t into school,” he says.

And the Oscar goes to…

Excellent writing is evident in many of the films nominated for Academy Awards this year, with several edgy alternative films sharing major categories with mainstream blockbusters, says Penn’s Timothy Corrigan, a professor of English and cinema and media studies.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

The Economist

Male voters are sticking with the Republican Party

Research by Diana Mutz of the School of Arts and Sciences and the Annenberg School for Communication was cited in an article about the role of “status threat” in voters’ motivations.



Remains of bread baked 14,400 years ago found in Jordan

Patrick McGovern of the Penn Museum and the School of Arts and Sciences weighed in on the significance of an ancient bread discovery, saying it offered “a whole new perspective about the possibility of bread in this time period.”


WHYY (Philadelphia)

Audio: What makes an activist?

Mary Frances Berry of the School of Arts and Sciences discussed her new book, History Teaches Us to Resist, and the history of progressive resistance movements in the U.S.



Why are we so mesmerized by stories like the cave rescue in Thailand?

Deborah Small of the Wharton School discussed the public’s fascination with dramatic news stories with the possibility of a narrative conclusion. Small said that chronic social issues like poverty or malnutrition were less likely to captivate the public’s attention. (Audio)


Inside Higher Ed

Digital Humanities for Social Good

Penn’s Data Refuge project, which archives public climate-change data, was highlighted as an example of digital humanities work “responding to our contemporary moment.”