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

Gillion Receives APSA REP Best Book Award

The Race, Ethnicity, and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association conferred its Best Book Award to The Political Power of Protest by Professor Daniel Gillion.

Grossman Receives APSA ITP Best Paper Award

The Information Technology and Politics section of the American Political Science Association awarded its best paper award to "'I wld like u WMP to extend electricity 2 our village:' On Information Technology and Interest Articulation" by Professor Guy Grossman and his co-authors Macartan Humphreys and Gabriella Sacramone-Lutz.

Gray Highlighted on Washington Post's "Summer Reading List"

The Washington Post's "Post Everything" blog recommended Professor Julia Gray's book The Company States Keep in the article: "The only late summer reading list you will need if you’re a political scientist."

O'Leary Featured on NPR's Radio Times

Professor Brendan O'Leary was a guest on WHYY's "Radio Times" program to discuss the crisis in Iraq.

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