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 pandemic has created a nation of insomniacs

The School of Arts & Sciences’Courtney Boen shares how the pandemic has affected sleep patterns.


ARS Technica

How ‘13 Reasons Why’ sparked years of suicide-contagion research

Dan Romer of the Annenberg Public Policy Center is quoted on why Hollywood needs to steer a middle course in the fictional portrayal of suicide.


The Guardian

Cold war echoes as Aukus alliance focuses on China deterrence

Neysun Mahboubi of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the United States’ actions to counter perceived Chinese ambition in the region and to contain China.


The New York Times

Why $46 billion couldn’t prevent an eviction crisis

Vincent Reina of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design spoke about the challenges faced by officials, landlords, and tenants in distributing and accessing federal housing aid amid the pandemic. “We asked state and local governments to do something they’d never done before,” said Reina. “They had to design large programs with complex systems in real time, then modify them in real time—and at the same time, we’re expecting these programs to resolve longstanding problems in the housing market.”


The Guardian

Study links too much free time to lower sense of wellbeing

Research by Marissa Sharif of the Wharton School and colleagues found that leisure time is only psychologically beneficial to a certain extent. “The sweet spot is a moderate amount of free time,” she said. “We found that having too much time was associated with lower subjective wellbeing due to a lacking sense of productivity and purpose.”