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

Kim CampbellKim Campbell
Canadian
Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
German

Jack LaytonJack Layton
Canadian

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
American
Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
American

Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
American
Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
American

Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
American

Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
American

Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
American

Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott
British
Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
German

Russell KirkRussell Kirk
American

Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
British

E. H. CarrE. H. Carr
British
Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
American

Robert D. PutnamRobert D. Putnam
American
Dee Dee MyersDee Dee Myers
American

Antonia NovelloAntonia Novello
Puerto Rican, American

Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
Indonesian
Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
American

Robert KaganRobert Kagan
American
Robert A. DahlRobert A. Dahl
American

Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
German, British

Raymond AronRaymond Aron
French
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
American
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Charles TillyCharles Tilly
American
Richard HofstadterRichard Hofstadter
American

Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
German

Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
American

David EastonDavid Easton
Canadian
Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
American
Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
American

Robert AxelrodRobert Axelrod
American

Raul HilbergRaul Hilberg
American

Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
American
Robert KeohaneRobert Keohane
American

Mancur OlsonMancur Olson
American

Seymour Martin LipsetSeymour Martin Lipset
American

Alexander WendtAlexander Wendt
American

James Q. WilsonJames Q. Wilson
American
Theda SkocpolTheda Skocpol
American

Larry SabatoLarry Sabato
American
Jan EgelandJan Egeland
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Friedrich RatzelFriedrich Ratzel
German

Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio
Italian
Gaetano MoscaGaetano Mosca
Italian

Chalmers JohnsonChalmers Johnson
American
Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
Norwegian

Gilles KepelGilles Kepel
French

Arend LijphartArend Lijphart
American

Hedley BullHedley Bull
Australian

André GlucksmannAndré Glucksmann
French
Sir Robert FilmerSir Robert Filmer
British

Malcolm KerrMalcolm Kerr
American

Paul David WellstonePaul David Wellstone
American