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Thomas P. Hughes 1923-2014

Emeritus Professor Thomas Parke Hughes died on Monday, February 3, 2014, in Charlotteville, Virginia, after a long illness.  He is survived by his partner, Mary Hill Caperton, his children, Agatha Hughes and Luke Hughes, and grandchildren. 

Elaine LaFay wins Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching

Graduate Student Elaine LaFay has won a (well-deserved!) School of Arts and Sciences Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching by Graduate Students. 


Phi Beta Kappa: Marett, Davey, Peck and Stoller

Congratulations to STSC junior Paul Marett, and HSOC seniors Sonya Davey, Katherine Peck, and Gabrielle Stoller on their selection for Phi Beta Kappa!

60-Second Lecture: Etienne Benson

The College of Arts and Sciences presents "60-Second Lectures" by faculty every Wednesday at noon (at 37th and Locust Walk) during the fall and spring.

View the April 9 talk of Assistant Professor Etienne Benson on


Etienne Benson in Washington Post

Post Columnist John Kelly writes, "Etienne Benson may be our country’s leading squirrel historian, but he doesn’t actually spend that much time watching squirrels. Instead, he watches people watching squirrels.

Jason Oakes selected for Duke Economics Institute

Doctoral Candidate Jason Oakes has been selected to attend the 2014 Duke Summer Institute, “Topics in the History of Economics." The Institute explores various episodes in the history of economics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.  It is a program of the Center for the History of Political Economy, founded in 2008, to promote and support research in and the teaching of economics.

Ruth Rand -- article in The Atlantic

Doctoral candidate Ruth Rand has an article in The Atlantic called "Gravity--the Sequel"

HSOC Senior Sonya Davey wins Gates and Thouron Awards!

Sonya Davey will be graduating from University of Pennsylvania in May.  She is majoring in Health and Societies, South Asian Studies (Sanskrit) and Biology.  She won the Gates Cambridge Scholarship ( and will be going to Cambridge to do a one-year MPhil in Medical Anthropology starting this fall.  She is applying to medical schools this summer for 2015.  

Beth Linker on "The Great American Concussion" in Huff Post

Read Beth Linker's pre-Super Bowl commentary, "The Great American Concussion"

in the Huffington Post