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

Gottschalk Keynotes Conference on Mass Incarceration

Professor Marie Gottschalk was the keynote speaker at Bennington College’s October 3 conference on mass incarceration.     

O'Leary Mentors Undergrad Research Through PURM

Through the Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring program, Professor Brendan O'Leary worked with sophomore Anna Garson on an archival research related to a 100-year old murder investigation in Northern Ireland.     

Goldstein Quoted in BloombergBusiness

Professor Avery Goldstein was quoted in a BloombergBusiness article about Chinese President Xi Jinping's affect while in the US.    

Penn In Washington Hosts 2012 DNC COO

This Friday, Theo Lecompte, Penn alumnus and 2012 Democratic National Convention COO, will be on campus for a lunchtime discussion about opportunities to get involved in national conventions.     

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

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair