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

Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
German
Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
American
Kim CampbellKim Campbell
Canadian

Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
American
George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan
American
Carl SchmittCarl Schmitt
German

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
American
Leo StraussLeo Strauss
German, American
Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
American
Alfred Thayer MahanAlfred Thayer Mahan
American

Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
American
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
American
Jack LaytonJack Layton
Canadian

Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
German
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
American
E. H. CarrE. H. Carr
British
Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott
British

Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
Indonesian
Russell KirkRussell Kirk
American
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
German, British

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
American
Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
American
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
British
Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
German

Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
American
Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
American
Richard HofstadterRichard Hofstadter
American

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
American
Raymond AronRaymond Aron
French
Charles TillyCharles Tilly
American
Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
American

David EastonDavid Easton
Canadian
Raul HilbergRaul Hilberg
American
Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
American

Friedrich RatzelFriedrich Ratzel
German
Robert AxelrodRobert Axelrod
American
Mancur OlsonMancur Olson
American
Seymour Martin LipsetSeymour Martin Lipset
American

James Q. WilsonJames Q. Wilson
American
Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio
Italian
Theda SkocpolTheda Skocpol
American

Chalmers JohnsonChalmers Johnson
American
André GlucksmannAndré Glucksmann
French
Arend LijphartArend Lijphart
American
Hedley BullHedley Bull
Australian

Gilles KepelGilles Kepel
French
Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
Norwegian
Malcolm KerrMalcolm Kerr
American