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

TODAY: PSCI Profs Discuss the Presidential Race

A Knowledge by the Slice panel featuring professors Marc Meredith, Matthew Levendusky, Daniel Gillion, and Michele Margolis will discuss the presidential race.      

Woodward-Burns in Polity

Graduate student Robinson Woodward-Burns' article entitled “Solitude Before Society: Emerson on Self-Reliance, Abolitionism, and Moral Suasion” was published in Polity.     

Levendusky Wins Erik Erikson Early Career Award

Professor Matthew Levendusky has been named the winner of the 2016 Erik Erikson Early Career Award by the International Society of Political Psychology. The Erikson Award is awarded annually to a leading political psychologist within 10 years of his/her Ph.D.     

Sil Discusses Russia's Economic Future

Professor Rudra Sil discusses dwindling oil prices and the state of Russia's economy with Knowledge@Wharton.    

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Phone: (215) 898-7641

Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair