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

Stanton Wins Best Paper Award

Professor Jessica Stanton's paper "A Strategic Logic of Attacking Aid Workers: Evidence from Violence in Afghanistan, 2008 – 2012" has won the Best Paper Award from the Conflict Processes section of the American Political Science Association (APSA).

Lynch Quoted in Washington Post

Professor Julia Lynch was quoted in a Washington Post article on the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.     

Why Political Science?

Undergraduates discuss why they chose the Political Science major in a new video.      

Three Faculty Members in Perspectives On Politics

Articles by professors Dawn Teele, Bob Vitalis, and Tulia Falleti are featured in the December 2016 issues of Perspectives On Politics.      

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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair