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

New Year, New Events

Check out the department's website calendar to stay up to date on political science events on campus.

Gottschalk in Pennsylvania Gazette

Professor Marie Gottschalk was interviewed by the Pennsylvania Gazette on the origins and reform of mass incarceration.     

Hopkins in Washington Post

Professor Daniel Hopkins' research about the impact of Katrina migrants on political attitudes is featured in the Washington Post's Monkey Cage blog.    

Mutz Quoted in NPR

Professor Diana Mutz was quoted in NPR about TV ad spending for the 2016 campaigns.     

University of Pennsylvania
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