Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter's Party Switch

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Jacquie Posey

Four From University of Pennsylvania Win 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship Awards

PHILADELPHIA – A trio of University of Pennsylvania professors from the School of Arts and Sciences and a senior critic in Penn’s School of Design have been awarded the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship. The John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation awarded 180 Fellowships to artists, scientists and scholars in the United States and Canada from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.

Jacquie Posey

In the News

The New York Times

Israeli scientists brew beer with revived ancient yeasts

Patrick McGovern of the School of Arts and Sciences was cited for his work studying and recreating ancient beverages.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Despite Trump’s racial rhetoric, white prejudice has gone down, Penn study finds

A study by Daniel Hopkins of the Schools of Arts and Sciences and recent graduate Samantha Washington found that “expressed prejudice” declined in response to racist political rhetoric, particularly among Democrats.


Voice of America

What baby names say about America?

Jonah Berger of the Wharton School spoke about the factors that contributes to baby name selection. “Names say more about the parents than the kids,” he said. “How unique parents want to be, where in the country they were when the child was born, and what influences around them shape their lives.”


“All Things Considered,” National Public Radio

In 'Ladysitting,' Lorene Cary chronicles the end of her grandmother's life

Lorene Cary of the School of Arts and Sciences was interviewed about her new memoir, which documents the year she spent caring for her grandmother.


The Washington Post

Economists conducted a $5 million experiment to (literally) shed light on crime

Aaron Chalfin of the School of Arts and Science co-led a study that found installing bright lights near public-housing developments in New York City reduced nighttime crime by as much as a 59%, the equivalent to a 10% increase in police presence. The results suggest that improved living conditions may more effectively reduce crime than increased policing.