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

Julia Lynch Publishes in Health Management, Policy & Initiative

Read "Limited Public Support for Team-Based Care Models – Survey Results" here.

American Society of Criminology 2018 Hindelang Award

The American Society of Criminology has selected Marie Gottschalk’s book, Caught: The Prison State and the Lockdown of American Politics, as the winner of the 2018 Hindelang Award.  This is the ASC’s annual award for the book that makes the most outstanding contribution to research in criminology.

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.  

University of Pennsylvania
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