Penn State is one of the world’s leading universities, and promotes research that promotes human development, global understanding, and advancement through the expansion of knowledge.  Political science faculty and students contribute to that mission through innovative research on all aspects of politics and civil society.

The most recent rankings by the National Research Council place our department among the nation’s top five in overall research excellence, earning top 20 scores in research productivity, student productivity and diversity.  Research assistantships, data collection, and fieldwork are supported by a large number of grants from the National Science Foundation, philanthropic foundations, and Penn State research centers and institutes.

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  • Areas of Expertise
  • Graduate Student Publications
  • Faculty Publications