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

Teele Discusses British Suffrage Movement

Professor Dawn Teele highlights the importance of  democratic efforts by the British suffrage movement in Democratic Audit UK.     

A Conversation with Ambassador Shen

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Lyushun Shen, Ambassador of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO), to the Penn community as he shares how his Penn education (Masters & PhD) helped him become a top Taiwan diplomat in Geneva, Brussels, London, and now Washington D.C.     

Q&A on the European Refugee Crisis

Political Scientists Julia Lynch, Eileen Doherty-Sil, and Mitchell Orenstein discuss the European Refugee Crisis as a part of the Knowledge by the Slice series.      

O'Leary Discusses Paris Attacks

Professor Brendan O'Leary discusses the attacks in Paris and how nations should respond to ISIS with Knowledge@Wharton.     

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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair