Political Scientists

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.

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 1 Zbigniew Brzezinski

Zbigniew Brzezinski
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Famous As: Former Diplomat, Political Scientist
Birthdate: March 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Polish, American
Died: May 26, 2017
Polish-American diplomat Zbigniew Brzezinski had been a counselor to President Lyndon B. Johnson and the National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter. He believed in the realist school of international relations. He also taught foreign policy and was seen in programs such as The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer.

 2 Kim Campbell

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Famous As: 19th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian
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 3 Howard Zinn

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Famous As: Playwright, Political scientist, Historian of the modern age, Historian, Writer, University teacher, Pacifist, Journalist
Birthdate: August 24, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: January 27, 2010

 4 Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama
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Famous As: Writer, Political scientist, Blogger, Economist
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 5 Herbert Simon

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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, sociologist, psychologist, and professor
Birthdate: June 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 9, 2001

 6 Aleksandr Dugin

Aleksandr Dugin
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Famous As: Analyst
Birthdate: January 7, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
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 7 Carl Schmitt

Carl Schmitt
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Famous As: Jurist, Geopolitician, Political Scientist
Birthdate: July 11, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: April 7, 1985
Known for works such as Constitutional Theory and Political Theology, Nazi political theorist and academic Carl Schmitt explored liberalism and the Weimar Republic. He was banned from teaching by the Allied powers after World War II but continued producing works such as Ex Captivitate Salus.
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 8 Norman Finkelstein

Norman Finkelstein
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 9 Samuel P. Huntington

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Birthdate: April 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: December 24, 2008

 10 Paul Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz
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Famous As: Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician, Economist, Banker
Birthdate: December 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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 11 Paul David Wellstone

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Famous As: United States Senator
Birthdate: July 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: October 25, 2002

 12 Jack Layton

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Famous As: Politician, University teacher, Political scientist
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: August 22, 2011
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 13 Malcolm Kerr

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Birthdate: October 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 18, 1984

 14 Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 12, 2012
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 15 Dee Dee Myers

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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: September 1, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 16 Fredric Jameson

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Famous As: Essayist, Political scientist, Writer, Professor, Literary critic, Sociologist, Journalist
Birthdate: April 14, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
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 17 Hans Morgenthau

Hans Morgenthau
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Famous As: Judge, Political scientist, Writer, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: February 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: German
Died: July 19, 1980

 18 Immanuel Wallerstein

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Famous As: Economist, Geopolitician, Economic historian, Historian, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 19 George Friedman

George Friedman
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: February 1, 1949
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Hungarian, American

 20 Benedict Anderson

Benedict Anderson
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: August 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indonesian
Died: December 13, 2015

 21 Julian Huxley

Julian Huxley
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: June 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: February 14, 1975

 22 Lothrop Stoddard

Lothrop Stoddard
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Famous As: Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Author, Journalist, Opinion journalist
Birthdate: June 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 1, 1950

 23 Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: January 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 24 Robert Kagan

Robert Kagan
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: September 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 25 Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma

Princess María Teresa of Bourbon-Parma
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: July 28, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Spanish, French
Died: March 26, 2020

 26 Russell Kirk

Russell Kirk
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Famous As: Political scientist, Philosopher, Literary critic, Historian, Novelist, Writer, Science fiction writer, Journalist
Birthdate: October 19, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 29, 1994

 27 E. H. Carr

E. H. Carr
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Famous As: Historian, Journalist, Diplomat, Writer, Political scientist, Professor
Birthdate: June 28, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: November 3, 1982

 28 Paul Simon (Politician)

Paul Simon
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Famous As: Senator from Illinois
Birthdate: November 29, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 9, 2003

 29 Kenneth Waltz

Kenneth Waltz
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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: June 8, 1924
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 12, 2013

 30 Robert A. Dahl

Robert A. Dahl
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Famous As: Political scientist
Birthdate: December 17, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 5, 2014

 31 Walter Bagehot

Walter Bagehot
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Famous As: Journalist, Economist, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British
Died: March 24, 1877

 32 Michael Oakeshott

Michael Oakeshott
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Famous As: Philosopher, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: December 11, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: December 19, 1990

 33 Richard Hofstadter

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Famous As: Historian, Political scientist, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: August 6, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1970

 34 William Graham Sumner

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Famous As: Anthropologist, Political scientist, Historian, Sociologist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: October 30, 1840
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 12, 1910

 35 Karl Haushofer

Karl Haushofer
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Famous As: Geopolitician, Political scientist, Educationist, Officer, University teacher, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: August 27, 1869
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: German
Died: March 10, 1946

 36 Harold Lasswell

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Famous As: Political scientist, Scientist, Sociologist
Birthdate: February 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 18, 1978

 37 Michael Walzer

Michael Walzer
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Famous As: Philosopher, Political scientist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: March 3, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 38 Antonia Novello

Antonia Novello
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Famous As: Former Surgeon General
Birthdate: August 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Puerto Rican, American

 39 Charles Tilly

Charles Tilly
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Famous As: Historian, Political scientist, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 27, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: April 29, 2008

 40 Raymond Aron

Raymond Aron
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Famous As: Journalist, Philosopher, Writer, Political scientist, Sociologist, Professor, Economist
Birthdate: March 14, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: French
Died: October 17, 1983

 41 Ralf Dahrendorf

Ralf Dahrendorf
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Famous As: Sociologist
Birthdate: May 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German, British
Died: June 17, 2009

 42 Larry Sabato

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Famous As: Political Scientist
Birthdate: August 7, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 43 David Easton

David Easton
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Famous As: Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 24, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian
Died: July 19, 2014

 44 Eric Voegelin

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Famous As: Political scientist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: January 3, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: January 19, 1985

 45 Jan Egeland

Jan Egeland
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Famous As: Diplomat
Birthdate: September 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Norwegian

 46 Robert Keohane

Robert Keohane
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 47 Raul Hilberg

Raul Hilberg
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Famous As: Historian, Political scientist, Writer, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: June 2, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 4, 2007

 48 Iris Marion Young

Iris Marion Young
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Famous As: Political scientist, Philosopher, University teacher
Birthdate: January 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: August 1, 2006

 49 Mancur Olson

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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, University teacher, Sociologist
Birthdate: January 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: February 19, 1998

 50 Robert Axelrod

Robert Axelrod
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Famous As: Mathematician, Professor, Political scientist
Birthdate: May 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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