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

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
American

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

Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
American

Cass SunsteinCass Sunstein
American

Kim CampbellKim Campbell
Canadian
Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
American

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
American

Dee Dee MyersDee Dee Myers
American

Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
American
Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
German
Antonia NovelloAntonia Novello
Puerto Rican, American

Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
American

George FriedmanGeorge Friedman
Hungarian, American

Jack LaytonJack Layton
Canadian
Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
American

Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
American
Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
Indonesian

Aileen BavieraAileen Baviera
Filipino

Russell KirkRussell Kirk
American
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
British

E. H. CarrE. H. Carr
British
Robert D. PutnamRobert D. Putnam
American

Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott
British

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
American
Richard HofstadterRichard Hofstadter
American
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Raymond AronRaymond Aron
French
Robert A. DahlRobert A. Dahl
American

Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
German

Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
German, British

Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
American
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
American

Charles TillyCharles Tilly
American

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
American

Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
American

Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
American
Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
American

Robert KaganRobert Kagan
American
Raul HilbergRaul Hilberg
American

Alexander WendtAlexander Wendt
American

Robert KeohaneRobert Keohane
American
Mancur OlsonMancur Olson
American

Robert AxelrodRobert Axelrod
American
David EastonDavid Easton
Canadian

Seymour Martin LipsetSeymour Martin Lipset
American

Larry SabatoLarry Sabato
American

Friedrich RatzelFriedrich Ratzel
German

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

Jan EgelandJan Egeland
Norwegian

Gaetano MoscaGaetano Mosca
Italian

István TiszaIstván Tisza
Hungarian
Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio
Italian
Chalmers JohnsonChalmers Johnson
American

Hedley BullHedley Bull
Australian

Arend LijphartArend Lijphart
American

Gabriel AlmondGabriel Almond
American
Francis LieberFrancis Lieber
German, American

C. H. DouglasC. H. Douglas
British
Carole PatemanCarole Pateman
British

Leopold KohrLeopold Kohr
Austrian

Gilles KepelGilles Kepel
French
Rudolf KjellénRudolf Kjellén
Swedish

Leonard HobhouseLeonard Hobhouse
British
Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
Norwegian

Elmer Eric SchattschneiderElmer Eric Schattschneider
American

Sophonisba BreckinridgeSophonisba Breckinridge
American
André GlucksmannAndré Glucksmann
French

F. R. ScottF. R. Scott
Canadian
Claude AkeClaude Ake
Nigerian

Johannes AlthusiusJohannes Althusius
German

Quincy WrightQuincy Wright
American

Adam UlamAdam Ulam
Polish, American
Jacob TalmonJacob Talmon
Polish

Ludwig GumplowiczLudwig Gumplowicz
Polish

Arthur F. BentleyArthur F. Bentley
American

Georgy ArbatovGeorgy Arbatov
Ukrainian, Russian

Florencio CampomanesFlorencio Campomanes
Filipino
Samuel BeerSamuel Beer
American

Edward Samuel CorwinEdward Samuel Corwin
American
Harvey WheelerHarvey Wheeler
American

Murray EdelmanMurray Edelman
American

V. O. Key, Jr.V. O. Key, Jr.
American
Václav BendaVáclav Benda
Czech

Jean-Luc PépinJean-Luc Pépin
Canadian
Herbert TingstenHerbert Tingsten
Swedish

Rudolf von GneistRudolf von Gneist
German
Sir Robert FilmerSir Robert Filmer
British

Sarah WambaughSarah Wambaugh
American

Grayson KirkGrayson Kirk
American
Harriet ElliottHarriet Elliott
American

Axel BrusewitzAxel Brusewitz
Swedish
Hermann HellerHermann Heller
German