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

Undergraduate Graduation Meet and Greet

Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

The Political Science Department
Undergraduate Graduation Meet and Greet

at the University of Pennsylvania

You and your guests are invited to a meet and greet with the department.
Please join us immediately after morning commencement

Monday, May 20, 2019
133 South 36th Street
The Forum, Second Floor, room 250
12:30 p.m.

NPR's "On Point"

Ian Lustick appeared on NPR's "On Point" to discuss what lies ahead in 2019. The full episode can be found here.

Isabel Perera wins 2019 John Heinz Dissertation Award

The National Academy of Social Insurance announces Isabel M. Perera as the winner of the 2019 John Heinz Dissertation Award. Perera joins a prestigious and diverse network of over 40 previous Heinz Dissertation Award recipients, who are scholars in social insurance and closely related fields.

Julia Lynch Publishes in Health Management, Policy & Initiative

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