Faculty Archive

  • While preparing to teach a graduate course, Michael Hanchard happened upon an obscure citation of a series of lectures entitled “Comparative Politics.” It became the impetus for his forthcoming book The Spectre of Race in Comparative Politics, which seeks to shine a light on the role of racial hierarchy in modern politics. Hanchard, a recently appointed professor of Africana studies, is a political scientist who specializes in nationalism, racism, and transnational black politics.

  • In one large metropolitan area, arraignment decisions made with the assistance of machine learning cut new domestic violence incidents by half, leading to more than 1,000 fewer such post-arraignment arrests annually, according to new findings.

  • Methane is the world’s most abundant hydrocarbon. It’s the major component of natural gas and shale gas and, when burned, is an effective fuel. But it’s also a major contributor to climate change, with 24 times greater potency as a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.

  • When David Grazian began to make weekend visits to the Philadelphia Zoo with his young son, he didn’t imagine that he would one day find himself on the other side of the exhibits mucking out cages, presenting boa constrictors and lizards to zoo visitors, and preparing meals of beef soaked in cow’s blood for wildcats.

  • This month marks the completion of my third year as dean of Penn Arts and Sciences, a fact which I’m finding hard to believe. As a long-time academic, I’m fully immersed in the cycle of events that comprise an academic year: the arrival of students, the start of classes, midterms and finals, publications and conferences, recognition of accomplishment, all topped off by graduation.

  • Daniel Hopkins says that, while today’s voters are more engaged in federal elections, they’ve pretty much abandoned state and local politics.

    In a book that he’s developing, called The Increasingly United States, Hopkins, whose research as an associate professor of political science focuses on American elections and public opinion, says American federalism was based on the idea that voters’ primary political loyalties would be with the states. But that idea has become outdated.

  • 2016 is turning out to be the most dangerous year in United States-Russia relations. Trust between the governments of the two countries is extinguished. The United States has sanctioned Russia for its annexation of Crimea and invasion of Eastern Ukraine. Russia has sent troops to Syria to prop up the government of Bashar al-Assad that the U.S. would like to see deposed. The U.S. is sending troops and equipment to Eastern Europe to bolster their defenses. Russia has unleashed a propaganda war against the U.S., spreading disinformation and stirring up anti-U.S.

  • A mother’s distress at the sound of her young being threatened—what could be more natural?

  • Penn’s PORES Program Takes Undergraduates to NBC

  • David Wallace, Judith Rodin Professor of English, reads and comments on the prologue.

  • Rogers Smith, Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for the Social Sciences, discusses the politics surrounding the Supreme Court nomination.

  • A panel of professors from the Department of Political Science discuss voting behavior and the nuances of the election process.

  • Ahead of the big game, we spoke with Errol Lord, assistant professor of philosophy, about the rationale behind fandom.

  • In a special podcast, we speak with Camille Zubrinsky Charles, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Social Sciences, professor of sociology, Africana Studies, and education, and Director of the Center for Africana Studies, about the holiday and the progression of social movements like Black Lives Matter.

  • In a special podcast, we spoke with professors Michael Weisberg and Paul Sniegowski about their experience with the case—and whether public attitudes on evolution have changed—as well as lead counsel and Penn Law graduate Eric Rothschild and presiding judge John E. Jones III.

  • Peter Decherney, professor of English and cinema studies, documents the challenges associated with making films in a country with an uncertain future.

  • Junhyong Kim and his collaborators pursue innovation in a sea of data.

  • Tukufu Zuberi, Lasry Family Professor of Race Relations, examines African independence movements.

  • Three Penn Arts and Sciences professors share their thoughts.