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

Horowitz Authors Op-ed on Robotic Warfare in the New York Times

Professor Michael Horowitz, with co-author Paul Scharre, recently wrotean op-ed for the New York Times on the morality and security issuessurrounding the topic of autonomous weapon systems.     

Jie Offers Insight Into China-US Relations

Dalei Jie, a 2012 political science PhD graduate, co-authored an article about the call for the US to adopt a harder line on China in The Diplomat.    

Green's Book Subject of Symposium

Professor Jeffrey Green's book, The Eyes of the People, is the subject of a new symposium in the journal Democratic Theory.     

Kapur Quoted in The Chronicle of Higher Education

Professor Devesh Kapur was quoted in an article on education policy in India appearing in The Chronicle of Higher Education.     

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