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

Salvatori Research Award 2018

Ph.D. student Gemma Dipoppa won a Salvatori Research Award 2018, awarded for dissertation resesarch on Italian culture and society. 

"On Point" with NPR

Ian Lustick appeared on NPR's "On Point" to discuss “After the U.S. Strikes Syria, What Next?”  The conversation is available at http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/04/16/us-strike-syria.

Interview with SASE

Julia Lynch spoke with SASE about her research and forthcoming book, provisionally titled Regimes of Inequality: The Politics of Health in Europe (Cambridge University Press). The interview can be found at https://sase.org/uncategorized/interview-julia-lynch/.

"On Point" with NPR

Ian Lustick appeared on "On Point" with NPR to discuss Syria and Trump. Please visit http://www.wbur.org/onpoint/2018/04/10/syria-chemical-attacks-and-the-worlds-next-moves to listen to "Syria Chemical Attacks And The World's Next Moves." 

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Anne Norton Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
Marc Meredith Undergraduate Chair