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

The Philadelphia Inquirer Article

Ph.D. student Eunji Kim was featured in The Philadelphia InquirerPenn researchers hit up flea markets and harvest festivals to probe the rural mind

2018 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship

PhD student Zachary Smith has been awarded a 2018 Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Fellowship, which he plans to use to fund field research in South Africa, the United Kingdom, France, Israel, and Algeria.  

Nancy Hirschmann: Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences

Nancy Hirschmann, professor of political science and a core faculty member in the Program on Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies, has been appointed the Stanley I. Sheerr Term Professor in the Social Sciences.

Assistant Professor Dawn Teele's new book was released

Assistant Professor Dawn Teele's new book, Forging the Franchise: The Political Origins of the Women's Vote was released this week by Princeton University Press. You can hear more about her work in a

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The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics
133 S. 36th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Nicholas Sambanis Chair
Alex Weisiger Graduate Chair
Daniel Hopkins Undergraduate Chair