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

Horowitz Comments on Drone Sale to India

Professor Michael C. Horowitz is quoted in a DefenseNews article about the US State Department's impending sale of MQ-9 drones to India.    

Hopkins on Obamacare Repeal and Taxes

Professor Daniel Hopkins discusses the tax implications of the Obamacare repeal on democratic leaning states in FiveThirtyEight.   

O'Leary Discusses Brexit and the UK General Election

On the LSE Blog, Professor Brendan O'Leary discusses the impact of the UK general election on the future of Brexit.    

Horowitz Maps Plan for Drone Proliferation

On the Center for a New American Security blog, Professor Michael C. Horowitz, in conjunction with security experts, outlines the history and current state of drone proliferation and provides recommendations for U.S. policy updates to shape international norms on the use and sale of unmanned aerial vehicles.    

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