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.

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
(American)
Jürgen HabermasJürgen Habermas
(German)
Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
(American)

Kim CampbellKim Campbell
(Canadian)
Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
(American)
Alfred Thayer MahanAlfred Thayer Mahan
(American)

Carl SchmittCarl Schmitt
(German)
George F. KennanGeorge F. Kennan
(American)
Leo StraussLeo Strauss
(German,American)

Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
(American)
Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
(American)
Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
(American)

Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
(American)
Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
(German)
E. H. CarrE. H. Carr
(British)

Jack LaytonJack Layton
(Canadian)
Russell KirkRussell Kirk
(American)
Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
(American)

Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
(Indonesian)
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
(British)
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
(German,British)

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
(American)
William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
(American)
Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott
(British)

Raymond AronRaymond Aron
(French)
Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
(American)
Charles TillyCharles Tilly
(American)

Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
(German)
Richard HofstadterRichard Hofstadter
(American)
Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
(American)

David EastonDavid Easton
(Canadian)
Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
(American)
Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
(American)

Seymour Martin LipsetSeymour Martin Lipset
(American)
Mancur OlsonMancur Olson
(American)
Raul HilbergRaul Hilberg
(American)

Friedrich RatzelFriedrich Ratzel
(German)
Robert AxelrodRobert Axelrod
(American)
Theda SkocpolTheda Skocpol
(American)

James Q. WilsonJames Q. Wilson
(American)
Arend LijphartArend Lijphart
(American)
Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio
(Italian)

Hedley BullHedley Bull
(Australian)
Chalmers JohnsonChalmers Johnson
(American)
Gilles KepelGilles Kepel
(French)

Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
(Norwegian)
André GlucksmannAndré Glucksmann
(French)
Malcolm KerrMalcolm Kerr
(American)