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

Gottschalk Interviewed in Jacobin

Professor Marie Gottschalk was interviewed in length in Jacobin about the carceral state.     

Congratulations DCF Winners!

Two Political Science PhD students, Emmerich Davies and Osman Balkan, were selected for the School of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship. 

Lustick Offers Insight Into Syria Negotiations

Professor Ian Lustick was interviewed for Big News Network about possible solutions to the Syria negotiations.     

Gray Quoted in Washington Post

Professor Julia Gray's research on international economic organizations is in the Monkey Cage segment of the Washington Post.     

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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