Political Science

Penn undergrads and Decision 2024

From helping with exit polling to vote count data collection, students in the PORES program bring their skills to the NBC Decision Desk on election nights.

Alex Schein

Who, What, Why: Ara Patvakanian

The fourth-year mathematical economics and political science double-major describes how our understanding of economic and political phenomena can have far-reaching consequences and highlights the importance of embracing different intellectual perspectives.

Kristen de Groot

‘Moving along’ to the Dutch-German border

A new documentary co-produced and co-starring Simon Richter of the School of Arts & Sciences invites viewers to imagine the day when the Dutch may have to move toward Germany as sea levels rise and how that might happen peacefully and innovatively.

Kristen de Groot

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In the News

The New York Times

Why losing political power now feels like ‘losing your country’

Yphtach Lelkes of the Annenberg School for Communication says that political elites, not average voters, are driving the democratic backsliding that is occurring in America.


Christian Science Monitor

A majority of Americans no longer trust the Supreme Court. Can it rebuild?

Matthew Levendusky of the School of Arts & Sciences says that a partisan trust gap has emerged in public perception of the Supreme Court as a conservative institution.


The Washington Post

Groups sue to block FTC’s new rule barring noncompete agreements

Cary Coglianese of Penn Carey Law says that the current Supreme Court has a majority that’s looking skeptically at the exercise of governing power by administrative agencies like the Federal Trade Commission.



Report: Latin America’s progress on helping sex abuse victims

Marci Hamilton of the School of Arts & Sciences points to Chile as an international example of a large sex abuse scandal turning into effective activism.


CBC Radio (Canada)

The GOP race is over. The question after Haley drops out: Will her voters move to Trump?

Marc Trussler of the School of Arts & Sciences says that Biden surrogates can’t outright ignore warning signs from polling data.


Las Vegas Review-Journal

Our political parties have become unrecognizable

Brian Rosenwald of the School of Arts & Sciences says that the Republican lean to the right during the last few decades has distorted labels like moderate and conservative.