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

Event Spotlight: Dismantling the Carceral State

The Penn Lightbulb Cafe hosts Professor Marie Gottschalk for a talk entitled “Dismantling the Carceral State: Law, Order and Criminal Justice Reform in the Age of Trump.” The lecture will be held today at World Cafe Live Upstairs beginning at 6PM.     

Al-Faham Receives Muslim Women's Justice Award

PhD Candidate Hajer Al-Faham receives 2017 Muslim Women's Justice Award through the Islamic Scholarship Fund.    

Horowitz on Weapons Proliferation

Professor Michael C. Horowitz discussed his research on the proliferation of weapons in multiple outlets last week, including a review of North Korea's nuclear success beyond the framework of tradional proliferation theories in the War On The Rocks and the spread of weaponized drones to militant groups in Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. He was also interviewed in The Dead Prussian Podcast about his book The Diffusion of Military Power.     

New Book Focuses on Green's Eyes of the People

Professor Jeffrey Green's book, The Eyes of the People, is the topic of a newly released German edited volume, Okulare Demokratie: Der Bürger als Zuschauer, which includes ten papers on ocular democracy.   

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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair