Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

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

‘War in Europe: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine’

In an expert briefing hosted by Perry World House and moderated by Lightning Scholar Jane Vaynman, former NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow, political science professor Rudra Sil, and Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Trudy Rubin discussed sanctions, the humanitarian crisis, and whether diplomatic solutions are realistic.

Kristen de Groot

The West’s sanctions on Russia

Jesús Fernández-Villaverde, professor of economics and director of the Penn Initiative for the Study of the Markets, discusses the severity of the sanctions, the effects so far, and the potential reverberations for the rest of the globe.

Kristen de Groot

Kimberly St. Julian-Varnon on the war in Ukraine

The Ph.D. student in history, and former resident of Ukraine discusses the nation, how things got to this point, and what’s being overlooked in the discussion about the war.

Alex Schein, Susan Ahlborn

In the News

The Conversation

What makes us subconsciously mimic the accents of others in conversation

Lacey Wade of the School of Arts & Sciences writes about a phenomenon called “linguistic convergence” when people copy word choices, mirror sentence structures, or mimic pronunciations.


Philadelphia Inquirer

Speed cameras are saving lives and should stay

Erick Guerra of the Stuart Weitzman School of Design is quoted on the safety outcomes of speed cameras.



Why Trump’s guy winning the primary for Pennsylvania governor should worry the GOP

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences points out that, for Republicans to win statewide in Pennsylvania, everything needs to break their way.



Both nature and nurture contribute to signatures of socioeconomic status in the brain

Gideon Nave of the Wharton School and Martha Farah of the School of Arts & Sciences are quoted on their work that found evidence that both genetics and environmental influences contribute to the impact of socioeconomic status in a complex interplay with effects that span a variety of brain regions.


Diverse Education

Will primary races in Pennsylvania forecast the political agenda for the fall?

Marc Meredith of the School of Arts & Sciences says that, for education in Pennsylvania the more consequential primary election on Tuesday was about the governorship.