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

Jack LaytonJack Layton
Canadian
Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
American

Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
German

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
American
Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
American

Carl SchmittCarl Schmitt
German
Leo StraussLeo Strauss
German, American

Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
American

Alfred Thayer MahanAlfred Thayer Mahan
American

George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan
American

Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
American
Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
American

Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
German

Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
American

Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
British
Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
American

Russell KirkRussell Kirk
American
E. H. CarrE. H. Carr
British

Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott
British

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
American
Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
Indonesian

Richard HofstadterRichard Hofstadter
American
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
American

Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
German

Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
American
Raymond AronRaymond Aron
French

Robert AxelrodRobert Axelrod
American
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
German, British

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
American

David EastonDavid Easton
Canadian

Charles TillyCharles Tilly
American
Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
American
Raul HilbergRaul Hilberg
American

James Q. WilsonJames Q. Wilson
American

Friedrich RatzelFriedrich Ratzel
German

Mancur OlsonMancur Olson
American
Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
American

Seymour Martin LipsetSeymour Martin Lipset
American

Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio
Italian

Theda SkocpolTheda Skocpol
American

Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
Norwegian
Chalmers JohnsonChalmers Johnson
American

Arend LijphartArend Lijphart
American
Hedley BullHedley Bull
Australian

Gilles KepelGilles Kepel
French

André GlucksmannAndré Glucksmann
French
Malcolm KerrMalcolm Kerr
American