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

Gray Quoted in Washington Post

Professor Julia Gray's research on international economic organizations is in the Monkey Cage segment of the Washington Post.     

Levendusky's Research on Partisan Media Featured in The Hill

Professor Matthew Levendusky's research on how partisan media effects polarization is featured in The Hill.      

Lin Article in Foreign Policy

Graduate student Joseph Lin wrote an article on China's weapons exports for Foreign Policy.     

Course Descriptions for Fall 2015 Now Available

Course descriptions for political science courses in fall 2015 are now available.      

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