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

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

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

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

In the News

Philadelphia Inquirer

SNAP recipients are denied hot food. These Penn grads found a hack with a new kind of corner store

Two recent graduates of the School of Arts & Sciences, Alex Imbot and Eli Moraru will be legally skirting federal rules that guide food stamps to offer healthy, hot food in a nonprofit corner store.


Yahoo! Finance

What Amazon’s up to $4B commitment to Anthropic could mean for AI space

Chris Callison-Burch of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on how investing in artificial intelligence is a strategic move.



The summer that reality caught up to climate fiction

Parrish Bergquist of the School of Arts & Sciences says that there is evidence that experiencing hot weather firsthand can have an effect on people’s concern about climate change.


The Hill

Biden makes case that climate, labor interests can go hand in hand as auto strike fuels attacks

Sanya Carley of the Weitzman School of Design and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy says that, in the case of the auto industry, many workers will have similar skills, but she also noted that some plants are being moved into southern states that have lower labor costs, cheaper electricity, and less union activity.


Los Angeles Times

Yes, there was global warming in prehistoric times. But nothing in millions of years compares with what we see today

Michael Mann of the School of Arts & Sciences writes that we can avoid a catastrophic trajectory for our global climate if we reduce carbon emissions substantially during the next decade.