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

Hajer Al-Faham named 2018 Fox-Perry Fellow

PhD student Hajer Al-Faham has been named a 2018 Fox-Perry Fellow. Through this program, Al-Faham will have the opportunity to engage in interfaith service-learning throughout the Philadelphia area.

Yue Hou cited in New York Times Piece on China

Assistant Professor Yue Hou's research on government responsiveness in China was recently cited in a New York Times piece.

Knowledge by the Slice: The "State of the Union" Entering President Trump's Second Year

On Wednesday, February 14, Political Science faculty professor Ryan Brutger, Guy Grossman, Matt Levendusky, Dawn Teele, and Alex Weisiger participated in a Penn Arts & Science Knowledge by the Slice lunchtime panel, where they discuessed a range of domestic and foreign policy issues facing the Trump administration as it enters its second year.

Eunji Kim Wins Best Paper Award

Graduate Student Eunji Kim has won the 2018 Top Paper Award from the Political Communication Division of the International Communication Association for her paper "Switching On and Off: Rethinking Partisan Selective Exposure" (with Jin Woo Kim). This award recognizes the best paper presented by anyone at this years ICA conference, and is a highly competitive prize. Congratulations Eunji!

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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair