Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

For Meghan Garrity, experience plus academics equals policy

Garrity worked with the International Rescue Committee in Jordan and Turkey from 2012 to 2016. Now she’s exploring ways to prevent some refugee crises, by examining what causes states to expel mass groups of people.

Susan Ahlborn

Possessed: The Salem witch trials

This spring marks the 330th anniversary of the Salem witch trials, during which a total of 20 “afflicted girls” accused around 150 people, 19 of whom were executed. Historian Kathleen M. Brown discusses why this episode is still fascinating today.

Kristina García

Why unions matter for nursing

A new study examines nursing’s relationship to union organizing and feminism, as well as the profession’s unique organizing challenges.

Alina Ladyzhensky

Penn announces nine 2022 Thouron Scholars

Five seniors and four recent alumni have received a 2022 Thouron Award to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship recipient receives tuition for up to two years, as well as travel and living stipends, to earn a graduate degree there.

Louisa Shepard

In the News

U.S. News

Week off social media boosts mental health: Study

Melissa Hunt of the School of Arts & Sciences says that staying off social media is not the answer to internet addiction; it’s learning how to use these sites in healthy ways.


The good and bad news about housing for LGBTQ Americans

Amy Hillier of the School of Social Policy & Practice says that more needs to be done to bring more queer and intersectional approaches to fair housing.


London School of Economics and Political Science

Much more than meh: The 2022 Northern Ireland Assembly Elections

Brendan O’Leary of the School of Arts & Sciences discuss the results of this year's Northern Ireland Assembly election.


AP News

‘Fiery’ Psaki ending tenure as a top White House messenger 

Kathleen Hall Jamieson of the Annenberg Public Policy Center says the departing press secretary has respected the media while answering questions in ways that provided real information.



Pennsylvania’s crowded field of Republican gubernatorial candidates

Daniel Hopkins of the School of Arts & Sciences comments on the likelihood of Democrat Josh Shapiro winning the Pennsylvania governorship in a Republican-leaning year.