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: "So you think you want to run for office?"

A Q&A session for students thinking of running for political office someday with advocates from organizations like Emily's List, Emerge, Barbara Lee, LatinasRepresent, the PA Center for Women in Politics. Perry World House World Forum.

Book Discussion

On November 2, Professor Ian Lustick will serve as commentator at a presentation by Shadi Hamid, co-editor of a new book on political Islam titled Rethinking Political Islam. The event is sponsored by the Middle East Center.

Ian Lustick moderates event in New York

On October 30, Professor Ian Lustick served as moderator and commentator at an event featuring the Consul-General of Israel in New York, Dani Dayan. The event, Israel at Seventy: A Vision for the Future for a New Generation, was sponsored by the International Relations Program.

Teele Appointed to Bers Assistant Professor Chair

Assistant Professor Dawn Teele, who studies gender and politics, was appointed the Janice and Julian Bers Assistant Professor in the Social Sciences.

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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair