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

PSCI majors establish Penn Food Recovery Program Through "Politics of Food" Class Research Proposal

A proposal developed by PSCI majors Alyssa Dickinson, Conor Nickel, Yamini Nabar and Joyce Kim has been accepted  by Penn Dining and Bon Appetit.  The program aims to transfer leftover campus food to a local hunger relief agency.

VIDEO: Faculty Members Discuss Crimea at Knowledge by the Slice

Video of three members of the Political Science Faculty: Ellen Kennedy, Michael Horowitz and Rudy Sil, discussing the crisis in Ukraine at Knowledge by the Slice is now available.

14 Undergraduates Inducted into Phi Beta Kappa

Please join the Political Science Department in congratulating the 14 students inducted into the Delta Chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. This is a highly competitive process, with no more than eight percent of each graduating class being inducted. 

Undergraduate Publishes Research in Public Opinion Quarterly

Urja Mittal C'14 co-authored "Public Misunderstanding of Political Facts: How Question Wording Affected Estimates of Partisan Differences in Birtherism" in Public Opinion Quarterly, one of the premier academic journals for research on public opinion. 

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Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair