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

Mutz Book Reviewed in Huffington Post

Professor Diana Mutz's latest book, In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media, was reviewed in the Huffington Post.     

Green in The Paper

Professor Jeffrey Green comments on how Israel will impact the 2016 elections in The Paper.      

Barnard Awarded Teaching Prize

Political Science PhD student Andrew Barnard was awarded the Penn Prize for Excellence in Teaching by Graduate Students based upon undergraduate student nominations. 

Horowitz In Foreign Policy

Professor Michael Horowitz writes about the importance of Iran's nuclear capabilities on the stability of the Middle East in Foreign Policy.      

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