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

Michele Margolis in The New York Times

Michele Margolis has published an op-ed in The New York Times: When Politicians Determine Your Religion Beliefs.

Dr. Dawn Teele's work with Professor Kathy Thelen on publications is the subject of a recent symposium in PS: Political Science and Politics.

Editors from five popular political science journals, American Political Science Review (APSR), Comparative Political Studies (CPS), World Politics (WP), Political Behavior (PB) and International Studies Quarterly (ISQ), performed internal audits to assess gender bias in the review process, finding that women submit at much lower rates but are more likely to be reviewed, suggesting that women's submissions may be of higher average quality. 

Dawn Teele in Inside Higher Ed

Assistant professor Dawn Teele spoke with Insider Higher Ed about collaboration and methodology in political science. She urged fellow scholars to “Bring women into labs and put them on papers,” as one way of overcoming women's under-representation in major journals. 

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