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 Posits Robotics Gap

A Slate article discussing the security implications of artificial intelligence features Professor Horowitz's research.     

Penn Admissions Blog Interviews Chigora C'15

Rhodes Scholar and PSCI major Rutendo Chigora C'15 discusses how political science and international relations have impacted her college experience.     

Goldstein Named A Top China Expert in the US

China Foreign Affairs University named Professor Avery Goldstein as one of the top twenty China experts in the US.      

Penn Grad Forges Middle East/U.S. Dialogue

Political Science undergraduate alum Zachary Levine C'14, president of Dorm Room Diplomacy, discusses DRD and his mission to build relationships and bridge the cultural divide between college students in the U.S. and the Middle East.  

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