Find out more about the greatest political scientists, including Samuel P. Huntington, Paul Simon, Franjo Racki, Howard Jim and Francis Fukuyama.

A political scientist is someone who studies the systems of governance, political processes, and political issues in a scientific way. Often, they operate within the context of an academic institution. While political science as a separate field of social sciences emerged rather late, the basic concept of political science is an ancient one. Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle is regarded as "The Father of Political Science” as he analyzed and studied political systems philosophically. During the medieval ages, Italian diplomat Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli earned the moniker of “The Father of Modern Political Science.” Political science as a discipline evolved further in the 19th century and the American Political Science Association—the largest professional association of political scientists—was established in 1903. Coming to the contemporary era, Polish-American political scientist Zbigniew Kazimierz "Zbig" Brzezinski was hailed by US President Barack Obama as "one of our most outstanding thinkers." Robert A. Dahl, David Easton, and Samuel Finer are among the other brilliant modern social scientists. One of the few women to make a name for herself in the male-dominated field of political science, Cynthia Enloe focuses on feminism in international relations. Check this section to know more about the greatest political scientists of the world.
Zbigniew Brzezinski Zbigniew Brzezinski
Polish, American

Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
American

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
American

Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
American

Kim CampbellKim Campbell
Canadian
Aleksandr DuginAleksandr Dugin
Russian

Cass SunsteinCass Sunstein
American

William RikerWilliam Riker
American

Dee Dee MyersDee Dee Myers
American
Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
American
Jack LaytonJack Layton
Canadian

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
American

Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
American

Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
American
Richard HofstadterRichard Hofstadter
American

Julian HuxleyJulian Huxley
British
Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
American

Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
German

Russell KirkRussell Kirk
American
George FriedmanGeorge Friedman
Hungarian, American

Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott
British
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
American

Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
Indonesian

E. H. CarrE. H. Carr
British
Robert D. PutnamRobert D. Putnam
American
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Raymond AronRaymond Aron
French
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
British

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
American

Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
German

Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
American
Robert KaganRobert Kagan
American

Robert A. DahlRobert A. Dahl
American

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
American

Charles TillyCharles Tilly
American

Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
American
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
German, British

Larry SabatoLarry Sabato
American
Antonia NovelloAntonia Novello
Puerto Rican, American

Raul HilbergRaul Hilberg
American

James Q. WilsonJames Q. Wilson
American
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
American

Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
American
Mancur OlsonMancur Olson
American

Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-ParmaPrincess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma
Spanish, French

Seymour Martin LipsetSeymour Martin Lipset
American

David EastonDavid Easton
Canadian

Friedrich RatzelFriedrich Ratzel
German
Robert KeohaneRobert Keohane
American

Alexander WendtAlexander Wendt
American

Jan EgelandJan Egeland
Norwegian

Robert AxelrodRobert Axelrod
American
C. H. DouglasC. H. Douglas
British
Theda SkocpolTheda Skocpol
American

Gaetano MoscaGaetano Mosca
Italian

Chalmers JohnsonChalmers Johnson
American

Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio
Italian
István TiszaIstván Tisza
Hungarian

Gabriel AlmondGabriel Almond
American
Arend LijphartArend Lijphart
American

Hedley BullHedley Bull
Australian

Gilles KepelGilles Kepel
French
Leopold KohrLeopold Kohr
Austrian

Francis LieberFrancis Lieber
German, American
Leonard HobhouseLeonard Hobhouse
British

Rudolf KjellénRudolf Kjellén
Swedish

Carole PatemanCarole Pateman
British
André GlucksmannAndré Glucksmann
French

Sophonisba BreckinridgeSophonisba Breckinridge
American
Elmer Eric SchattschneiderElmer Eric Schattschneider
American

Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
Norwegian

F. R. ScottF. R. Scott
Canadian

Aileen BavieraAileen Baviera
Filipino
Claude AkeClaude Ake
Nigerian

Adam UlamAdam Ulam
Polish, American

Quincy WrightQuincy Wright
American

Alan WestinAlan Westin
American

Johannes AlthusiusJohannes Althusius
German
Ludwig GumplowiczLudwig Gumplowicz
Polish

Jacob TalmonJacob Talmon
Polish
Florencio CampomanesFlorencio Campomanes
Filipino

Malcolm KerrMalcolm Kerr
American

Moisey OstrogorskyMoisey Ostrogorsky
Belarusian
Arthur F. BentleyArthur F. Bentley
American

Samuel BeerSamuel Beer
American
Georgy ArbatovGeorgy Arbatov
Ukrainian, Russian

Edward Samuel CorwinEdward Samuel Corwin
American
Georgy ShakhnazarovGeorgy Shakhnazarov
Armenian, Azerbaijani

Václav BendaVáclav Benda
Czech

Harvey WheelerHarvey Wheeler
American
Jean-Luc PépinJean-Luc Pépin
Canadian

Murray EdelmanMurray Edelman
American
Herbert TingstenHerbert Tingsten
Swedish