Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

The making of tomorrow’s voters

There were only 11 days left in Philadelphia’s contentious mayoral race. The entire Philadelphia media scrum had descended on a small classroom at Olney High School.

Elaine Wilner

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

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

A 2021 Rhodes Scholar for Penn

May graduate Mackenzie Fierceton from St. Louis been awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford in England. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical social work.

Ron Ozio

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.

In the News

The New York Times

Netanyahu, ‘King of Israel,’ exits a stage he dominated

Ian Lustick of the School of Arts & Sciences described Benjamin Netanyahu’s handling of the Oslo accords, a pair of agreements between the Israeli government and the Palestine Liberation Organization. Netanyahu’s approach appears to be an intentional effort “to destroy Oslo by treating it not as a partnership with the P.L.O. but as a very hard-bargaining contract, in which he didn’t really want the other side to fulfill the terms,” said Lustick.


Los Angeles Times

What’s size got to do with it? Mocking a man’s manhood spurs a reverse #MeToo in South Korea

Jinsook Kim, a postdoc in the Annenberg School for Communication, spoke about the backlash against feminist activism in South Korea. “The younger generation suffers from frustration and economic precarity,” Kim said. “The problem is, these young Korean men, they ascribe their sense of victimhood or precarity not to government or policies but to women who they see as preventing them from receiving their due.”


The Washington Post

An Islamist party is part of Israel’s new coalition government. How did that happen?

Guy Grossman of the School of Arts & Sciences and a Hebrew University of Jerusalem colleague wrote about Israel’s 36th government, which is expected to include an Arab party for the first time in more than 40 years. “The breaking of the long-standing taboo could see Arab parties continuing to be legitimate coalition partners,” they said.


The New York Times

Black Lives Matter has grown more powerful, and more divided

Daniel Gillion of the School of Arts & Sciences said public disputes within the Black Lives Matter movement may ultimately strengthen it. “It is truly grass roots, involving multiple people chiming in. And that’s what you want,” he said.


Why you might feel weird when you go maskless

Cristina Bicchieri of the School of Arts & Sciences was cited for her theory of social norms, which purports that people conform to meet the expectations of others.