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

Mutz on Changing Trade Attitudes

On The Chicago Council on Global Affairs blog, Professor Diana Mutz writes about how attitudes toward trade changed between the 2012 and 2016 presidential elections.      

Hopkins on Rise of Anti-immigration Politics

On WHYY's podcast Grapple, Professor Dan Hopkins discusses anti-immigration politics and its impact on elections.      

Meredith On Voter Fraud

In Slate, Professor Marc Meredith discusses claims of voter fraud using 130 million ballots from the 2012 election.      

Hopkins' Latest in FiveThirtyEight

In FiveThirtyEight, Professor Dan Hopkins explains that most voters have not changed their minds regarding presidential candidates.      

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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair