Famous American Political Scientists

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 1 
Condoleezza Rice
(66th United States Secretary of State (2005-09))

Condoleezza Rice
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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 
Maya Harris
(Lawyer, Political scientist, Writer)

Maya Harris
4
Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, United States

A lawyer, law professor, political analyst and a civil rights activist, Maya Harris’s list of achievements is huge. One of the youngest in the US to become a law school dean, Maya Harris has worked with Hillary Clinton and her own sister Kamala Harris in their respective presidential campaigns.

 3 
Zbigniew Brzezinski
(United States National Security Advisor (1977-81))

Zbigniew Brzezinski
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: May 26, 2017
Polish-American diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski had been a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter. He believed in the realist school of international relations. He also taught foreign policy and was seen in programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.
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 4 
Herbert Simon
(Political scientist)

Herbert Simon
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Birthdate: June 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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.

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

 6 
Norman Finkelstein
(Political Scientist)

Norman Finkelstein
6
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 7 
Elinor Ostrom
(Economist, Political scientist, University teacher)

Elinor Ostrom
6
Birthdate: August 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Died: June 12, 2012
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Cass Sunstein
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Birthdate: September 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States

 9 
Paul David Wellstone
(United States Senator)

Paul David Wellstone
8
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: October 25, 2002

 10 
Ralph Bunche
(Political Scientist)

Ralph Bunche
3
Birthdate: August 7, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: December 9, 1971

 11 
William Barr
(Politician)

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

 12 
Francis Fukuyama
(Political Scientist and Best Known as the Author of ‘The End of History and the Last Man')

Francis Fukuyama
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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.

 13 
Dee Dee Myers
(Political scientist)

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

 14 
Fredric Jameson
(Essayist, Political scientist, Writer, Professor, Literary critic, Sociologist, Journalist)

Fredric Jameson
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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.

 15 
George Friedman
(Political Scientist)

George Friedman
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Birthdate: February 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

A renowned international affairs strategist and geopolitical forecaster, George Friedman is also a New York Times bestselling author, having penned works such as The Storm Before the Calm and The Next 100 Years. He has also headed Stratfor as its CEO and has worked with various US military and government organizations.

 16 
Michael Parenti
(Political scientist, Historian)

Michael Parenti
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Birthdate: September 30, 1933
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

Political scientist, historian, and critic Michael Parenti is best known for being a staunch critic of capitalism and America’s foreign policy. The Yale alumnus taught political and social science at various institutes, before becoming a full-time writer and speaker. He is the father of journalist Christian Parenti.

 17 
Paul Wolfowitz
(28th United States Deputy Secretary of Defense, 10th President of the World Bank Group)

Paul Wolfowitz
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Birthdate: December 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 18 
Immanuel Wallerstein
(Economist, Geopolitician, Economic historian, Historian, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher)

Immanuel Wallerstein
5
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.

 19 
Robert Kagan
(American Neoconservative Scholar and Critic of U.S. Foreign Policy)

Robert Kagan
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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.

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Hans-Hermann Hoppe
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Birthdate: September 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peine, Germany

Austrian paleolibertarian and anarcho-capitalist political theorist Hans-Hermann Hoppe is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is identified as a culturally conservative libertarian and his criticism of democracy in his book Democracy: The God That Failed. He founded and serves as president of the right-wing, anarcho-capitalist political organization called Property and Freedom Society.

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

 22 
Lothrop Stoddard
(Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Author, Journalist, Opinion journalist)

Lothrop Stoddard
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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.

 23 
Russell Kirk
(Political scientist, Philosopher, Literary critic, Historian, Novelist, Writer, Science fiction writer, Journalist)

Russell Kirk
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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.

 24 
Robert A. Dahl
(Political scientist)

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

 25 
Robert D. Putnam
(Political Scientist)

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

 26 
Richard Hofstadter
(Historian, Political scientist, Writer, University teacher)

Richard Hofstadter
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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 
William Graham Sumner
(Anthropologist, Political scientist, Writer)

William Graham Sumner
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Birthdate: October 30, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
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.

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Harold Lasswell
(Political scientist)

Harold Lasswell
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Birthdate: February 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Donnellson, Illinois, United States
Died: December 18, 1978

 29 
Antonia Novello
(Former Surgeon General)

Antonia Novello
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Birthdate: August 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Antonia Novello became the first female and the first person of Hispanic origin to become the U.S. surgeon general. Initially a pediatric nephrologist, she later switched to Public Health Service, after realizing she was too emotional to be a pediatrician. The Puerto Rican physician was also a UNICEF representative.

 30 
Kenneth Waltz
(Political Scientist)

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

 31 
Larry Sabato
(Political Scientist)

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

 32 
Charles Tilly
(Historian, Political scientist, Sociologist, University teacher)

Charles Tilly
5
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

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

 34 
Raul Hilberg
(Political Scientist & Historian, Widely Considered to Be the Preeminent Scholar on 'The Holocaust')

Raul Hilberg
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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.

 35 
Iris Marion Young
(Political scientist, Philosopher, University teacher)

Iris Marion Young
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Birthdate: January 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 1, 2006

 36 
Mancur Olson
(Economist, Political scientist, University teacher, Sociologist)

Mancur Olson
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Birthdate: January 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grand Forks
Died: February 19, 1998

 37 
James Q. Wilson
(Academic)

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

 38 
Alexander Wendt
(Political Scientist)

Alexander Wendt
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Birthdate: June 12, 1958
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany

 39 
Robert Axelrod
(Mathematician, Professor, Political scientist)

Robert Axelrod
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Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago

 40 
Theda Skocpol
(Historian, Political scientist, Sociology, University teacher)

Theda Skocpol
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Birthdate: May 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit

 41 
Chalmers Johnson
(Political scientist, Consultant, Historian, University teacher, Economist)

Chalmers Johnson
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Birthdate: August 6, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Phoenix
Died: November 20, 2010

 42 
Seymour Martin Lipset
(Sociologist, Political scientist)

Seymour Martin Lipset
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Birthdate: March 18, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: December 31, 2006

 43 
Gabriel Almond
(Political Scientist)

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

 44 
Arend Lijphart
(Political scientist, University teacher)

Arend Lijphart
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Birthdate: August 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Apeldoorn

 45 
Juan Jose Linz
(Sociologist)

Juan Jose Linz
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Birthdate: December 24, 1926
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: October 1, 2013

Born to Spanish parents in Germany, Juan Jose Linz studied law in Madrid and later moved to Columbia University to study sociology. He taught at various universities, such as Yale, where he was a Sterling Professor Emeritus. The Johan Skytte Prize winner had written books such as Totalitarian and Authoritarian Regimes.

 46 
Vladimir Tismăneanu
(Political scientist)

Vladimir Tismăneanu
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Birthdate: July 4, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brașov, Romania

 47 
Elmer Eric Schattschneider
(Political scientist)

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

 48 
William Riker
(Political scientist)

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

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Sophonisba Breckinridge
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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.

 50 
Adam Ulam
(Historian)

Adam Ulam
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Birthdate: April 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Second Polish Republic
Died: March 28, 2000