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

Riofrancos in Dissent Magazine

Recent PhD graduate Thea Riofrancos wrote an article for Dissent Magazine entitled "Beyond the Petrostate: Ecuador's Left Dilemma."     

Smith and Norton in Perspectives on Politics

Associate Dean Rogers Smith and new department chair Anne Norton have articles featured in the new and controversial issue of Perspectives on Politics.     

Kronick Receives Political Analysis Outstanding Reviewer Award

Incoming professor Dorothy Kronick was awarded Society for Political Methodology’s 2015 Political Analysis Outstanding Reviewer Award.    

Sil Blogs About Putin and Ukraine

Professor Rudra Sil wrote an essay entitled "Putin, Propaganda, and the Path to Peace in Ukraine" for the award-winning blog, Political Violence @ a Glance.    

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