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

Professor Horowitz quoted in Chronicle of Higher Education

Associate Professor Michael Horowitz was quoted in a recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education focused on efforts by social scientists to develop better ways to forecast political and economic events.     

K@W: What’s at Stake in Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’

Professor Jacques deLisle discusses what’s at stake in Hong Kong’s ‘Umbrella Revolution’ with Knowledge@Wharton on Sirius Radio.     

Penn Thanks Kennedy for 25 Years of Service

Penn and the Political Science Department thank Professor Ellen Kennedy for 25 years of exemplary teaching and research.     

Lapinski Comments on Survey Detailing American Perceptions of Ebola

Professor Lapinski weighs in on the results of an NBC News survey on American perceptions of Ebola.  

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