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

Howard ZinnHoward Zinn
American

Francis FukuyamaFrancis Fukuyama
American

Kim CampbellKim Campbell
Canadian

Elinor OstromElinor Ostrom
American

Paul WolfowitzPaul Wolfowitz
American
Norman FinkelsteinNorman Finkelstein
American

Fredric JamesonFredric Jameson
American

Jack LaytonJack Layton
Canadian

Michael OakeshottMichael Oakeshott
British
Hans MorgenthauHans Morgenthau
German
Walter BagehotWalter Bagehot
British

Immanuel WallersteinImmanuel Wallerstein
American

Dee Dee MyersDee Dee Myers
American

Ralph BuncheRalph Bunche
American
Russell KirkRussell Kirk
American

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

William Graham SumnerWilliam Graham Sumner
American

Kenneth WaltzKenneth Waltz
American
Benedict AndersonBenedict Anderson
Indonesian

Robert A. DahlRobert A. Dahl
American
Ralf DahrendorfRalf Dahrendorf
German, British

Michael WalzerMichael Walzer
American

Raymond AronRaymond Aron
French
Richard HofstadterRichard Hofstadter
American
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Karl HaushoferKarl Haushofer
German
Lothrop StoddardLothrop Stoddard
American

Charles TillyCharles Tilly
American

Robert KaganRobert Kagan
American

Harold LasswellHarold Lasswell
American
Raul HilbergRaul Hilberg
American

Eric VoegelinEric Voegelin
American

Iris Marion YoungIris Marion Young
American

David EastonDavid Easton
Canadian

Antonia NovelloAntonia Novello
Puerto Rican, American
Robert AxelrodRobert Axelrod
American

Robert KeohaneRobert Keohane
American
Mancur OlsonMancur Olson
American

Seymour Martin LipsetSeymour Martin Lipset
American

Larry SabatoLarry Sabato
American
James Q. WilsonJames Q. Wilson
American

Alexander WendtAlexander Wendt
American
Friedrich RatzelFriedrich Ratzel
German

Theda SkocpolTheda Skocpol
American

Jan EgelandJan Egeland
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Norberto BobbioNorberto Bobbio
Italian

Chalmers JohnsonChalmers Johnson
American
Gabriel AlmondGabriel Almond
American

Gaetano MoscaGaetano Mosca
Italian

Arend LijphartArend Lijphart
American

Hedley BullHedley Bull
Australian
Leonard HobhouseLeonard Hobhouse
British
Francis LieberFrancis Lieber
German, American

Gilles KepelGilles Kepel
French

Carole PatemanCarole Pateman
British

C. H. DouglasC. H. Douglas
British
Leopold KohrLeopold Kohr
Austrian

Rudolf KjellénRudolf Kjellén
Swedish
Elmer Eric SchattschneiderElmer Eric Schattschneider
American

Christian Lous LangeChristian Lous Lange
Norwegian

André GlucksmannAndré Glucksmann
French
Sophonisba BreckinridgeSophonisba Breckinridge
American

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

Quincy WrightQuincy Wright
American

Cass SunsteinCass Sunstein
American
Sir Robert FilmerSir Robert Filmer
British

Malcolm KerrMalcolm Kerr
American
Paul David WellstonePaul David Wellstone
American

Juan Jose LinzJuan Jose Linz
German, Spanish, American

Guillermo O'DonnellGuillermo O'Donnell
Argentinian