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

Simmons Highlights Research on International Borders

In PennNews, Professor Beth Simmons discusses her research on border structures, the impetus behind building them, and a hypothesis for change.     

Falleti Appointed Editor of Journal on Latin America

Professor Tulia Falleti is co-editor of the new Cambridge University Press Series on Politics and Society in Latin America.    

Hopkins Discusses Elite Rhetoric in 2009 ACA Debate

Professor Daniel Hopkins discusses the framing effects of politicians' messages in shaping public opinion during the 2009-2010 health care debate in a paper published in Political Behavior.    

Sil on Knowledge@Wharton

Professor Rudy Sil appeared on Knowledge@Wharton's radio show on SiriusXM channel 111 to discuss Donald Trump's meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G-20 summit.     

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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