Famous American Political Scientists

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 1 Condoleezza Rice

Condoleezza Rice
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Famous As: Former United States Secretary of State
Birthdate: November 14, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama, United States

The 66th United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice made history in 2005 when she became the first female black Secretary of State. She is also the first female to serve as National Security Advisor, a position which she served from 2001 to 2005. One of the most powerful women in the world at one point of time, she has been depicted in Hollywood films.

 2 Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama
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Famous As: Fukuyama is known for his book The End of History and the Last Man
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

The son of a Japanese-American church minister, Francis Fukuyama was born in Chicago and had virtually no association with the Japanese culture. Educated at Cornell and Harvard, the political economist and academic is associated with Stanford and has penned the iconic book The End of History and the Last Man.

 3 Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn
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Famous As: Historian, playwright, philosopher, socialist thinker
Birthdate: August 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 27, 2010

Born into a Jewish working-class, immigrant family in Brooklyn, Howard Zinn was initially dragged into communism. He was part of the U.S. Army during World War II and later established himself as a historian. Of his many books, the most popular has been A People's History of the United States.

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 4 Herbert Simon

Herbert Simon
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, sociologist, psychologist, and professor
Birthdate: June 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milwaukee
Died: February 9, 2001

Herbert Simon was an American computer scientist, economist, cognitive psychologist, and political scientist. Best remembered for his theories of satisficing and bounded rationality, Simon was honored with the prestigious Turing Award in 1975. In 1978, he won the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences. Herbert Simon is considered one of the pioneers of artificial intelligence, complex systems, and organization theory.

 5 Samuel P. Huntington

Samuel P. Huntington
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Birthdate: April 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 24, 2008

 6 Paul David Wellstone

Paul David Wellstone
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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: October 25, 2002

 7 Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: June 12, 2012
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 8 William Barr

William Barr
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.

 9 Cass Sunstein

Cass Sunstein
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: September 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States

 10 Ralph Bunche

Ralph Bunche
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: August 7, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: December 9, 1971

 11 Paul Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz
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Famous As: Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician, Economist, Banker
Birthdate: December 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ithaca

 12 Fredric Jameson

Fredric Jameson
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Famous As: Essayist, Political scientist, Writer, Professor, Literary critic, Sociologist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cleveland

Fredric Jameson is an American philosopher, literary critic, and Marxist political theorist. Jameson is renowned for his analysis of capitalism and postmodernity. He is credited with authoring influential books like The Political Unconscious and Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism. In 2012, Fredric Jameson was honored with the Lifetime Scholarly Achievement Award by the Modern Language Association.

 13 Dee Dee Myers

Dee Dee Myers
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: September 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: North Kingstown, Rhode Island North Kingstown, Rhode Island, U.S.

 14 Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein
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Famous As: Economist, Geopolitician, Economic historian, Historian, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

Sociologist, author, and economic historian Immanuel Wallerstein is best remembered for his iconic work The Modern World System, which was the first volume of his world-system theory. He was a Yale researcher and had first been driven to understand world history when he read up about the anticolonial movement in India.

 15 Norman Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 16 Lothrop Stoddard

Lothrop Stoddard
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Author, Journalist, Opinion journalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brookline
Died: May 1, 1950

Twentieth-century American political scientist and historian Lothrop Stoddard was a Ku Klux Klan and believed in eugenics, a theory that promoted the superiority certain races based on genetics. His book The Revolt Against Civilization introduced neo-Nazi concepts. He also covered World War II as a journalist.

 17 Malcolm Kerr

Malcolm Kerr
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Birthdate: October 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beirut
Died: January 18, 1984

 18 Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Athens, Greece

Robert Kagan is an American scholar who believes in neoconservatism. A prominent critic of U.S. foreign policy, Kagan is credited with co-founding a neoconservative think tank called the Project for the New American Century. He also contributes to publications like The Washington Post for which he writes a monthly column and has been a contributing editor at The New Republic.

 19 Paul Simon (Politician)

Paul Simon (Politician)
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Famous As: Senator from Illinois
Birthdate: November 29, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eugene
Died: December 9, 2003

 20 Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk
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Famous As: Political scientist, Philosopher, Literary critic, Historian, Novelist, Writer, Science fiction writer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Plymouth
Died: April 29, 1994

Russell Kirk was an American historian, moralist, political theorist, literary and social critic. He is best remembered for his strong influence on 20th-century conservatism in the United States. He is credited with writing The Conservative Mind, which shaped America's postwar conservative movement. Russell Kirk was widely regarded as the leading advocate of traditionalist conservatism.

 21 Robert A. Dahl

Robert A. Dahl
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: December 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Inwood, Iowa Inwood, Iowa, United States U.S.
Died: February 5, 2014

 22 Kenneth Waltz

Kenneth Waltz
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: June 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Died: May 12, 2013

 23 Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

 24 William Graham Sumner

William Graham Sumner
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Sociologist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: October 30, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey
Died: April 12, 1910

William Graham Sumner was an American social scientist who held America's first professorship in sociology; he served as a professor of social sciences at Yale. Sumner, who wrote several essays and books on American history, political theory, sociology, and economic history, was one of the most popular and influential teachers at Yale. He also had an influence on American conservatism.

 25 Harold Lasswell

Harold Lasswell
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Famous As: Political scientist, Scientist, Sociologist
Birthdate: February 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: December 18, 1978

 26 Richard Hofstadter

Richard Hofstadter
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Famous As: Historian, Political scientist, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: August 6, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buffalo
Died: October 24, 1970

Richard Hofstadter was an American intellectual and historian who served as a professor at Columbia University. Hofstadter mentored Eric Foner and Paula S. Fass, who became respected historians in their own right. In 1956, Hofstadter won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his work The Age of Reform. In 1964, he received his second Pulitzer Prize for Anti-intellectualism in American Life.

 27 Michael Walzer

Michael Walzer
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Famous As: Philosopher, Political scientist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: March 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City

 28 Larry Sabato

Larry Sabato
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: August 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Norfolk, Virginia, United States

 29 Charles Tilly

Charles Tilly
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Famous As: Historian, Political scientist, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lombard
Died: April 29, 2008

Hailed by many as the founding father of 21st-century sociology, Charles Tilly was not only a revered sociologist, but also an influential political scientist and historian. Considered a major figure in the development of historical sociology, he published numerous books, monographs and scholarly articles, providing an insight into urban sociology, European nation-state formation, democracy, social movements, labor, and categorical inequalities

 30 Robert Keohane

Robert Keohane
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 31 Raul Hilberg

Raul Hilberg
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: June 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 4, 2007

An Austrian refugee, Raul Hilberg escaped the Nazi regime and moved to the U.S. with his family. He later became a pioneer of Holocaust research. He is perhaps best remembered for his three-volume The Destruction of the European Jews. He was also part of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial council.

 32 Iris Marion Young

Iris Marion Young
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Famous As: Political scientist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: January 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 1, 2006

 33 Mancur Olson

Mancur Olson
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: January 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grand Forks
Died: February 19, 1998

 34 Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod
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Famous As: Mathematician, Professor, Political scientist
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

 35 James Q. Wilson

James Q. Wilson
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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: May 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: March 2, 2012

 36 Alexander Wendt

Alexander Wendt
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: June 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany

 37 Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol
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Famous As: Historian, Political scientist, Sociology, University teacher
Birthdate: May 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit

 38 Chalmers Johnson

Chalmers Johnson
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Famous As: Political scientist, Consultant, Historian, University teacher, Economist
Birthdate: August 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Phoenix
Died: November 20, 2010

 39 Seymour Martin Lipset

Seymour Martin Lipset
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Famous As: Sociologist, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: March 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 31, 2006

 40 Gabriel Almond

Gabriel Almond
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: January 12, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois, United States
Died: December 25, 2002

 41 Arend Lijphart

Arend Lijphart
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Famous As: Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Apeldoorn

 42 Elmer Eric Schattschneider

Elmer Eric Schattschneider
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: August 11, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bethany, Minnesota, United States
Died: March 4, 1971

 43 William Riker

William Riker
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: September 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: June 26, 1993

 44 Sophonisba Breckinridge

Sophonisba Breckinridge
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Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: April 1, 1866
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 30, 1948

Apart from being a prominent Progressive Era social reformer, Sophonisba Breckinridge also created history by becoming the first female to be named to the Kentucky bar and the first woman PhD holder in political science and economics at the University of Chicago. She also launched the journal Social Service Review.

 45 Grayson Kirk

Grayson Kirk
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Famous As: Academic
Birthdate: October 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States
Died: November 21, 1997

 46 V. O. Key, Jr.

V. O. Key, Jr.
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: March 13, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Died: October 4, 1963

 47 Arthur F. Bentley

Arthur F. Bentley
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: October 16, 1870
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Freeport, Illinois, United States
Died: May 21, 1957

 48 Alan Westin

Alan Westin
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: October 11, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: February 18, 2013

 49 Quincy Wright

Quincy Wright
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: December 28, 1890
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Medford, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 17, 1970

 50 Edward Samuel Corwin

Edward Samuel Corwin
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: January 19, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plymouth, Michigan, United States
Died: April 29, 1963