Social Science

Inside the Dumping Grounds of Mumbai

PhD candidate Adwaita Banerjee was on a mission to trace the path of recycled plastics through his city. The work led him to ask bigger questions about caste, racialization, class, and dignity.

Summer Reading Picks

Eleven faculty and lecturers from Penn Arts & Sciences share the books they’re reading now that the academic year has wound down.

A Safe Space for Difficult Conversations

How does representation in sexually explicit materials affect the well-being of people who identify as cisgender male, Asian American, and non-heterosexual? It’s a question Steven Chen, C’24, is on a quest to answer.

Addressing Tough Topics

The Living the Hard Promise dialogue series offers a chance for frank conversation about subjects from free speech on campuses to the role of universities.

Students Honored as 2024 Dean’s Scholars

The recognition is given annually to students who exhibit exceptional academic performance and intellectual promise.

Faculty Bookshelf

Recent books from Penn Arts & Sciences faculty in Music, Sociology, Africana studies, History and Sociology of Science, and History.

Word Play

By using linguistics models to analyze conversation during games, Sydney Sun, C’24, is listening in on the ways environment shapes interaction.

Taking Your Feedback to Heart

A message from editor Michele W. Berger on results from the reader survey and the latest issue.

Paul Sniegowski Named President of Earlham College

He assumes the role on August 1 after 27 years at Penn, including heading undergraduate programs of the College since 2017.

In Recognition of Outstanding Teaching

The 2024 honorees include 21 people from 11 departments and programs, five of whom received University-wide acknowledgement.

Online Content: Spring/Summer 2024

A small sampling of recent highlights, including videos about the Penn Program on Opinion Research and Election Studies, student David Kedeme, C’25, and the VIPER Class of 2024.

An Economist’s Take on Illicit Drug Use

Research from Artem Kuriksha, GR’24, found that people will substitute one drug for another, but only in specific ways.

A Graduation Celebration for Penn Arts & Sciences

More than 2,200 students earned degrees from the College, the Graduate Division, and the College of Liberal & Professional Studies.

Terrestrial Forensics with a Maritime Twist

Chelsea Cohen, a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology, uses environmental archaeology to investigate the past.

From Connecting to Coaching

An array of opportunities for alums, faculty, and students to gather.