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

Hirschmann Interviewed in PSNow

Professor Nancy Hirschmann was interviewed in Political Science Now as the 2017 ACLS Fellowship Recipient. She discussed her latest book project on freedom and disability, the value of interdisciplinary research, and advice for junior scholars in political science.    

Horowitz Quoted in Washington Post

Professor Michael C. Horowitz was quoted in The Washington Post in an article about the imminence or unlikelihood of a military conflict with North Korea.   

Kronick on Venezuela's Constitutional Change

On Wharton Business Radio, Professor Dorothy Kronick discusses the political crisis in Venezuela, including the vote to provide more power to President Nicolas Maduro through constitutional changes.     

Horowitz Interviewed on CBS 3

Professor Michael C. Horowitz was interviewed by CBS 3 about the concerns surrounding the threat of war from North Korea.    

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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