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

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

Tales of abuse from a ‘Dream House’

Carmen María Machado, who teaches speculative fiction as a writer in residence in the Creative Writing Program, has received extraordinary attention for her new memoir, “In the Dream House,” using multiple genres to describe an abusive relationship with her former girlfriend.

Louisa Shepard

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.

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

Two Penn juniors named Truman Scholars

Two juniors, Annah Chollet and Camilo Duran, have received Harry S. Truman Scholarships, a merit-based award of as much as $30,000 for graduate or professional school to prepare for careers in public service.

Louisa Shepard , Aaron Olson

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

Let’s help a Penn professor get the U.S. to declare racism a public health crisis

Walter Palmer of the School of Social Policy & Practice doesn’t just want to call racism a public health crisis; he wants the country to do something about it.


The Wall Street Journal

Sweden’s Einride to test autonomous trucks on U.S. roads

Steve Viscelli of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the freight sector moving more rapidly toward autonomous transport than the passenger-car business.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Takeaways from one of the largest surveys of Philly renters

Cypress Marrs of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that, as the federal government moves on from the emergency resources it provided to households during the pandemic, the housing crisis is far from over.


Places Journal

‘Let all be educated alike up to a certain point’

Sonja Dümpelmann of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design writes about pedagogical legacies that enforced racialized divisions and affect landscape architecture to this day.



Supreme Court rules Maine's tuition assistance program must cover religious schools

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts & Sciences says the Supreme Court has a more theocratic than secular viewpoint.