Welcome to the Political Science Department

Penn’s Political Science Department is experiencing a renaissance. Over the past decade, our faculty has grown by 50%, an increase in quantity that has been matched by gains in quality. The strength of our faculty in each of four major subfields is being built with an eye to excellence embracing a variety of approaches and methodologies.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

The department’s combination of distinction and diversity has resulted in a rapid expansion of the undergraduate program and a newly invigorated Ph.D. program. Our faculty and graduate students play key roles in numerous centers and organizations across Penn’s campus whose missions bear on topics of interest to political scientists.

Welcome to the Political Science Department

We hope you will explore the website for a glimpse into the variety of our programs, activities, and classes, as well as an introduction to the accomplishments of the people who comprise the Political Science Department at Penn.

News & Announcements

O'Leary Awarded IPSA's Juan Linz Prize

Professor Brendan O'Leary won the first Juan Linz Prize by the International Political Science Association (IPSA). The prize honors a prominent scholar engaged in the comparative research on decentralization, multinational and multiethnic integration and federalism.

The DP: Research Meets NBC at PORES

The Daily Pennsylvanian highlights Professor Lapinski's growing initiative, the Penn Program for Opinion Research and Election Studies (PORES).     

Viets C'09 L'15 Wins ACE Rule of Law Fellowship

PSCI undergraduate alum Whitney Viets wins ACE Rule of Law Fellowship for pursuing an international public-interest law career.     

Hamamoto C'16 Presents Research at Pi Sigma Alpha Conference

Political Science major Sean Hamamoto was one of 65 student participants selected nationwide to present research at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Undergraduate Conference. His  paper was entitled “Unsung Heroes: Exploring the Impact of NGOs on U.S.-Japan Relations.”     

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair