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

Monkey Cage blog features a story by Julia Lynch

Monkey Cage blog on the Washington Post featured a story by Julia Lynch and Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies director Lucio Baccaro: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/09/10/expect-new-italian-government-be-short-lived-last-one-heres-why/

Professor Teele writes in the Washington Post

Professor Teele writes in the Washington Post about the gender submission gap by political science professors: 

Hajer Al-Faham Named the Winner of the 2019 Byran Jackson Dissertation Research Award

Ph.D. Candidate Hajer Al-Faham is the recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Byran Jackson Dissertation Research Award. The Byran Jackson Dissertation Research Award is presented by the Urban and Local Politics Section to a Ph.D. student who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship in the areas of race, ethnicity, and urban politics.

Interview in the Atlantic

Dawn Teele was interviewed by The Atlantic on the link between Suffrage Politics and the Anti-Choice movement. Read the full article here.

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