Howard Margolis (1932 – April 29, 2009) was an American social scientist. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Government (from Harvard University) in 1953 and a PhD in Political Science (from MIT) in 1979. From 1990 to 2009, he was a faculty member at the University of Chicago and a professor at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy Studies and the College.
His study of social theory focused on the underpinnings of individual choice and judgment that shape aggregate social outcomes.
- Margolis, Howard (2007). "Cognition and Extended Rational Choice". New York: Routledge.
- Margolis, Howard (2002). "It Started with Copernicus: How Turning the World Inside Out Led to the Scientific Revolution". McGraw-Hill.
- Margolis, Howard (1996). "Dealing with Risk: Why the Public and the Experts Disagree on Environmental Issues". University of Chicago Press.
- Margolis, Howard (1993). "Paradigms and Barriers: How Habits of Mind Govern Scientific Beliefs". University of Chicago Press.
- Margolis, Howard (1987). "Patterns, Thinking, and Cognition: A Theory of Judgment." University of Chicago Press.
- Margolis, Howard (1982). "Selfishness, Altruism and Rationality: A Theory of Social Change". Cambridge Press.
- "Howard Margolis, Social Theory Scholar, 1932–2009". May 3, 2009.