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.

Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
(American)
Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
(German)
Kim CampbellKim Campbell
(Canadian)

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
(American)
Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
(American)
Carl SchmittCarl Schmitt
(German)

Leo StraussLeo Strauss
(German,American)
George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan
(American)
Jack LaytonJack Layton
(Canadian)

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
(American)
Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
(American)
Alfred Thayer MahanAlfred Thayer Mahan
(American)

Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
(American)
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
(American)
Russell KirkRussell Kirk
(American)

Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
(German)
E. H. CarrE. H. Carr
(British)
Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
(Indonesian)

Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
(British)
Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott
(British)
Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
(American)

Richard HofstadterRichard Hofstadter
(American)
Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
(German)
Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
(American)

Raymond AronRaymond Aron
(French)
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
(American)
Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
(American)

Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
(German,British)
Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
(American)
David EastonDavid Easton
(Canadian)

Robert AxelrodRobert Axelrod
(American)
Raul HilbergRaul Hilberg
(American)
Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
(American)

Charles TillyCharles Tilly
(American)
Friedrich RatzelFriedrich Ratzel
(German)
Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
(American)

Mancur OlsonMancur Olson
(American)
Seymour Martin LipsetSeymour Martin Lipset
(American)
James Q. WilsonJames Q. Wilson
(American)

Theda SkocpolTheda Skocpol
(American)
Chalmers JohnsonChalmers Johnson
(American)
Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio
(Italian)

Gilles KepelGilles Kepel
(French)
Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
(Norwegian)
Arend LijphartArend Lijphart
(American)

Hedley BullHedley Bull
(Australian)
André GlucksmannAndré Glucksmann
(French)
Malcolm KerrMalcolm Kerr
(American)