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

Oglesby-Neal C'16 Blogs About International Summer Program

Undergraduate PSCI major Ashlin Oglesby-Neal C'16 blogs about her summer in Guatemala working at an organization to support local economic development.     

Horowitz Discusses Policy Relevance in War on the Rocks

Professor Michael Horowitz writes article on academic engagement with public policy world in War on the Rocks.     

Gottschalk Interviewed on NPR's On Point

Professor Marie Gottschalk was interviewed on NPR's On Point about America's prison system and the calls for reform.     

Grossman Receives Lawrence Longley Award

Professor Guy Grossman won the 2014 Lawrence Longley Award for "Do Selection Rules Affect Leader Responsiveness? Evidence from Uganda," which appeared in the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. The award recognizes the best article on representation and electoral systems, given by the APSA Representation and Electoral Systems Section.     

University of Pennsylvania
208 S. 37th Street, Room 217
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6215
Phone: (215) 898-7641

Edward Mansfield Chair
Matthew Levendusky Graduate Chair
John Lapinski Undergraduate Chair