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 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.   

Posey Wins Byran Jackson Award

At the American Political Science Association's 2017 Annual Meeting, PhD candidate Patricia Posey received the Byran Jackson Dissertation Research on Minority Politics Award. The award recognizes the outstanding scholarship by a graduate student in the area of race and urban politics.     

Mutz Receives the Doris Graber Award

Professor Diana Mutz's book, In Your Face Politics, received the Doris Graber Award for the best Book on Political Communication in the last 10 years. She is the first ever two-time winner of the award.   

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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair