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

Hamamoto C'16 Presents Research at Pi Sigma Alpha Conference

Political Science major Sean Hamamoto was one of 65 student participants selected nationwide to present research at the Pi Sigma Alpha National Undergraduate Conference. His  paper was entitled “Unsung Heroes: Exploring the Impact of NGOs on U.S.-Japan Relations.”     

DiIulio Book Featured in Washington Post

In The Washington Post, Professor John DiIulio's new book is called “a reproof to everyone who hates government or loves [it] without understanding what it does.”      

FT Reviews Gottschalk's Latest Book

Financial Times raves about Professor Gottschalk's latest book Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics. "Gottschalk has done a public service. She has tried to untangle a fiendishly complex subject, helping to liberate her readers from the intellectual prison of conventional wisdom in the process."     

Hirschmann Joins Journal of Politics

Professor Nancy Hirschmann has joined the editorial board of The Journal of Politics, one of the three leading journals in the political science field.     

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Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair