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

Reed Examines Liberal Left

The research of Professor Adolf Reed, Jr on the liberal left is featured in this month's edition of SAS Frontiers.     

Katherine Mateo C'15 Founds Nonprofit Global Youth United

Political science senior Katherine Mateo C'15  founded Global Youth United (GYU), a Philadelphia-based non-profit to encourage political and social activism in high school students.     

Career Path of PSCI alum Michelle Finn C'97 Explored

The career trajectory of Political Science undergraduate alum Michelle Finn C'97 is featured in Democrat & Chronicle.    

O'Leary Featured in the Penn Gazette

Professor Brendan O'Leary does a Q&A on ISIS and the Kurds in this month's edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette.     

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