News

  • Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley has won an Early Career Scholar Fellowship from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation. The Cromwell Foundation typically awards five to ten of these prestigious fellowships each year, based on recommendations from the American Society for Legal History. Shibley will use the fellowship for further research for her manuscript on race, homosexuality investigations, and the military justice system in the 1940s to 1990s.

  • Professor Dorothy Roberts has published a chapter in Human Flourishing in an Age of Gene Editing, edited by Erik Parens and Josephine Johnston. Roberts' chapter examined the nature of "human flourishing" itself and described the limits of gene-editing in achieving such flourishing. You can read more about the edited volume here.

  • Professor Quayshawn Spencer has published a new book, What Is Race?: Four Philosophical Views. You can learn more about it here.

  • Professor Dorothy Roberts published an op-ed today in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the subject of eugenics.

    You can read the op-ed here.

  • Professor Dorothy Roberts will give the Betsy Wood Knapp Lecture at Wellesley College on April 30. Her topic will be "The Problem with Race-Based Medicine."

    You can find more information, including information about livestreaming, here.

  • On May 2, Professor Dorothy Roberts will be a panelist at the National Constitution Center event, "A Dangerous Idea: The History of Eugenics in America." After a partial screening of the documentary "A Dangerous Idea: Eugenics, Genetics and the American Dream," Roberts and co-panelists Andrew Kimbrell, Daniel Okrent, and Paul Lombardo will have a discussion, moderated by Jeffrey Rosen.

  • PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley presented her research on the history of HIV criminalization in the U.S. military at the Organization of American Historians (OAH) Annual Meeting. Shibley discussed courts-martial of servicemembers who tested positive for HIV and who were accused of assault or other criminal charges for sexual activity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The presentation was drawn from her manuscript on race and the policing of homosexuality in the U.S. military in the mid- to late twentieth century.

  • The Daily Pennsylvanian reported on the Penn and Slavery Symposium, co-organized by PRSS and the Penn and Slavery Project.

  • Penn Today published a story on the Penn and Slavery Symposium, held on April 3 and 4, 2019. The symposium was supported by the Office of the Provost and organized by Professor and PRSS Director Dorothy Roberts, PRSS Postdoctoral Fellow Natalie Shibley, Professor Kathy Brown, who is the lead historian of the Penn & Slavery Project, and Postdoctoral Fellow Alexis Broderick Neumann.

  • College Magazine recently ranked Penn the #1 college for African American Studies and named the Program on Race, Science, and Society as one of Penn Africana Studies' main strengths. You can read more here.