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

Smith on Trump and the American Presidency

Professor Rogers Smith was interviewed by OMNIA about Trump's use of executive action and social media as it relates to past American presidents.   

Mutz Book Highlight in EW

Professor Diana Mutz's book "In-Your-Face Politics: The Consequences of Uncivil Media" was highlighted in Entertainment Weekly as one of five books to read to understand Roger Ailes' legacy.   

Gottschalk on Women and Reentry

On WHYY's Radio Times, Professor Marie Gottschalk was interviewed about women and reentry after incarceration as well as the disproportionate impact of the war on drugs on women.     

Hopkins Quoted on WHYY

Professor Daniel Hopkins was quoted in an article on WHYY about Larry Krasner's success in the Philadelphia Democratic Primary for District Attorney.      

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208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair