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

Department Hires 7 New Professors

The Political Science Department welcomes seven new faculty members for the 2016-2017 academic year. 

Horowitz Interviewed on NPR

Professor Michael C. Horowitz was interviewed on NPR about the use of a robot by Dallas Police to kill a gunman.      

Hopkins Explores Sanders' Voter Base

Professor Daniel Hopkins explores where presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' voter support came from and what it means for the future of the Democratic Party in FiveThirtyEight.      

Chao in The National Interest

Graduate student Brian C. Chao wrote an essay on U.S. Coast Guard presence in the South China Sea, which has been published in The National Interest.      

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Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair