Arts, Humanities, & Social Sciences

Pets pick up on their owner’s personality

When a baby is born, many new moms and dads pore over parenting books, striving to strike the right balance of firmness and warmth to raise their children into kind, intelligent, strong individuals. While nature plays a critical role, research supports the idea that parenting style and parents’ personalities do influence a child’s behavior.

Katherine Unger Baillie

Hult Prize Ivy awards business plans with social impact

Tiffany Yau seems to have a talent for seeing things as they might be, not as they are. Maybe that comes from years of learning magic tricks with her grandfather. Maybe it comes from years of dedication to issues with great social impact.

Amanda Mott, Julie McWilliams

Undergraduate seminar takes students to India

Nearly 8,000 miles from the University of Pennsylvania’s campus in Philadelphia, eight students immersed themselves in “The Performing Arts of Modern South India” through a year-long course that included a 12-day visit to India and continues through the spring.

Jill DiSanto

To accept evolution, start with understanding

Prevailing theories about evolution state that belief in the concept is tied only to a person’s politics, religion or both. But according to new research, whether Americans accept or reject the subject also depends on how well they understand it.  

Michele W. Berger



In the News


The New York Times

Should Statutes of Limitations for Rape Be Abolished?

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts and Sciences provided statistics on amendments to prosecution deadlines for victims of child sexual abuse and assault.

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PBS NewsHour

Brief but Spectacular: Imani Davis

English and Africana Studies major Imani Davis of New York City performed a #MeToo movement-inspired poem on the “Brief but Spectacular” segment of the “PBS NewsHour.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

After Trump G-7 Blast, Tension Hangs Over July NATO Meeting, Efforts to Deter Russia

Perry World House Fellow Derek Chollet and the School of Arts and Sciences’ Mitchell Orenstein offered commentary on the Trump administration’s relationships with U.S. allies.

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Business Insider

Truck Drivers Fear for Their Safety on the Road — but the Vast Majority of Them Face a Much Bigger Threat

“The salaries are not high enough to justify the number of hours worked and the health, family, and social consequences of this work,” the School of Arts and Sciences’ Steve Viscelli said of the hazards professional truck drivers face.

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Inside Higher Ed

Gender Gap Without Gender Bias?

Dawn Teele of the School of Arts and Sciences collaborated on research measuring gender bias in academic publishing. The study found that journals focused on qualitative research had higher percentages of female authors.

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