The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics

Scheduled for completion in 2018, the Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics represents Penn Arts and Sciences’ most ambitious capital project in support of the social sciences in decades. Designed by KPMB Architects, the project will restore the historically-significant West Philadelphia Trust Building at 36th and Walnut Streets and marry it with a contemporary addition.

From Disciplinary Excellence to Interdisciplinary Collaboration

The Perelman Center will be home to two of the School’s largest departments—Political Science and Economics—and will create a hub for the social sciences that will foster intellectual interaction and collaboration across disciplines.

  • Political Science at Penn is distinctive for its faculty—who produce scholarship in the diverse subfields and methodologies that define the discipline and who contribute to public dialogue and policy debate—as well as its rapidly expanding undergraduate program and invigorated doctoral program.
  • Penn Economics—dedicated to applying cutting-edge theoretical, computational and empirical methods to answer questions of general economic research and policy interest—is consistently ranked among the top in the country. Its faculty are leaders in advancing economic science and its graduates serve as chief economists and noted academics, nationally and internationally.

Engaging Undergraduates in Learning and Research

Hundreds of Penn undergraduates will visit the Perelman Center each day as they take courses in Economics and Political Science—two of the university’s most popular majors. The new Center will provide state-of-the-art space for teaching and learning—allowing students to pursue original research, draw on sophisticated computing resources, and develop strong mentoring relationships with faculty. A dedicated “undergraduate central” area will provide a place for independent and group study, advising, and meetings and events for more than a dozen student groups in Political Science and Economics.

Scholarship with Global Impact

The new Perelman Center will be home to distinguished research centers and programs which bring interdisciplinary scholarly expertise to bear on contemporary events at home and around the world. Centers and programs that will call the new Perelman Center home include:

  • Center for Advanced Study of India (CASI)
  • Center for the Study of Contemporary China
  • Christopher H. Browne Center for International Politics
  • Penn Institute for Economic Research (PIER)
  • Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship and Constitutionalism

Making it possible

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics project was launched with a leadership gift from alumnus and parent Ronald O. Perelman. We invite you to join us in making the Center a reality. Naming opportunities begin at $25,000. For more information, please contact Laura Weber, Assistant Vice Dean, Penn Arts & Sciences Office of Advancement, at or (215) 898-5262.