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This is a list of notable political scientists. See the list of political theorists for those who study political theory.
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Notable political scientists 
- Alan Abramowitz - Expert in American politics, political parties, ideological realignment, elections, and voting behavior.
- David Adamany - Public law specialist and President of Temple University
- John Aldrich - Political parties expert at Duke University, author of Why Parties?
- Graham Allison - Early proponent of the bureaucratic politics model, author of Essence of Decision, national security specialist, former Dean of Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
- Gabriel A. Almond - Originator of the culturist movement in Comparative Politics.
- Gar Alperovitz - political economist
- Nayef Al-Rodhan - philosopher, neuroscientist and geostrategist, and author of Sustainable history and the dignity of man, Emotional Amoral Egoism and Symbiotic Realism
- Ambedkar - Jurist, Economist and Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Constitution of India
- William Anderson (political scientist) - Specialist in public administration
- Robert Axelrod - Expert on game theory and complexity theory, wrote extensively on the Prisoner's Dilemma, former president of American Political Science Association.
- Fatih Baja - Gar Yunis University teacher and member of the National Transitional Council in charge of political affairs.
- Benjamin Barber - proponent of participatory democracy and local governance teaching at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland College Park.
- James David Barber - developed a classification system of the personality types of American presidents, successfully predicted Richard Nixon's resignation from the office of the president
- Stephen Barber - Noted for his work on political strategy and political economy, author of Political Strategy
- Michael Barnett - Specialist in international relations
- Thomas P.M. Barnett - security strategist
- Simion Bărnuţiu - Noted for his work on political strategy in Austria and Romania.
- Larry Bartels - Democracy and voting expert at Princeton University.
- Gad Barzilai - Law and Politics, Human Rights and Politics, Communities and Law at University of Washington.
- Duncan Black - Responsible for unearthing the work of many early political scientists, including Charles Dodgson.
- Hans T. Blokland - Author of Freedom and Culture in Western Society and Modernization and its political consequences.
- Jean Blondel - Comparative politics at University of Siena, emeritus at European University Institute.
- Jean-Charles de Borda - 18th century mathematician who devised the Borda count.
- Steven Brams - Expert on voting systems.
- Ahron Bregman - Expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict.
- Ian Bremmer - Political risk specialist.
- Stephen Brooks - International relations scholar.
- Robert X. Browning - Specialist in American politics and chief archivist for C-SPAN
- Bruce Bueno de Mesquita - Pioneering game theorist with applications to international relations, author of selectorate theory, seminal book The War Trap.
- Ralph Bunche - American political scientist and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Palestine. First person of color to win the Prize].
- Walter Dean Burnham - Expert in the field of realigning elections, emeritus at University of Texas at Austin.
- Charles Burton - Expert on China and Western nations' China policy
- David Butler, pioneer of modern British political science, invented the concept of swing.
- George Catlin - (1896–1979) was an English political scientist and philosopher. A strong proponent of Anglo-America cooperation, he worked for many years as a professor at Cornell University.
- Ira Carmen - Co-founder of the social science subdiscipline of genetics and politics.
- Edward Hallett Carr - Noted international relations theorist.
- Alfredo Castillero Hoyos - Democracy and Human Rights. Former member of the United Nations's Human Rights Committee.
- Partha Chatterjee - Indian postcolonial critic, political and social scientist.
- John Coakley - specialist in ethnic conflict and Irish politics
- Benjamin Cohen - leader in the field of International Political Economy
- Stephen P. Cohen - Middle East specialist
- James Smoot Coleman, early Africanist, founded the UCLA African Studies Center
- Josep Colomer - Institutionalist, comparativist, and game theorist scholar.
- Marquis de Condorcet - 18th century mathematician and philosopher who contributed the often used Condorcet criterion and devised the concept of a Condorcet method.
- Timothy E. Cook - politics and media
- Satyabrata Rai Chowdhuri - International Relations, Indology at Institute of Commonwealth Studies
- Philip Converse - Public opinion scholar, author of The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics.
- Clyde Coombs - Voting systems expert, designed "Coombs' method"
- Philip Cowley - Author of Revolts and Rebellions.
- Ralph W. Conant - Author of The Prospects for Revolution and Toward a More Perfect Union: The Governance of Metropolitan America.
- Robert A. Dahl - American politics specialist, author of On Democracy (Yale University Press)
- Daniel Deudney - Writer and associate professor at Johns Hopkins University; author of Bounding Power: Republican Security Theory from the Polis to the Global Village
- Karl Deutsch - Political scientist, focused on political communication.
- Larry Diamond - Comparative democratization specialist. Professor at Stanford University.
- Jouke de Vries - Frisian politician and professor at the university of Leiden.
- Thomas Diez - Chair in International Relations at the University of Birmingham
- John DiIulio - American politics expert at the University of Pennsylvania;
- Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (also known as Lewis Carroll) - Author of Alice in Wonderland and professor of mathematics at the University of Oxford; devised Dodgson's method of voting.
- Robert Donaldson - Professor at University of Tulsa and specialist in US/Russian foreign policy.
- Anthony Downs - has contributed to democratic theory, elections studies.
- Donald Downs - Professor at University of Wisconsin; researcher for Independent Institute
- Maurice Duverger - French lawyer and sociologist responsible for Duverger's law.
- Michael W. Doyle - International Relations theorist, author of Empires.
- Daniel Drezner - Professor at Tufts University, specializing in international politics
- Murray Dry - Professor at Middlebury College, specializing in constitutional law
- John Dryzek - Professor at the Australian National University, specializing in deliberative democracy and environmental politics.
- John Dunn - Political theorist at the University of Cambridge.
- Rand Dyck - Canadian politics expert and professor at Carleton University.
- Thomas R. Dye - Elite theory vs. Pluralism; author of The Irony of Democracy and Who's Running America?
- David Easton - Originator of systemic theory
- Daniel J. Elazar - American federalism and political culture scholar, founder of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, political science professor at Bar Ilan (Israel) and Temple University
- Jean Bethke Elshtain - American political philosopher focusing on gender, ethics, American democracy, and International Relations.
- Jon Elster - Norwegian social and political theorist authored works in the philosophy of social science and rational choice theory and a notable proponent of Analytical Marxism.
- Cynthia Enloe - International Relations scholar focusing on Feminism in international relations, editor for such scholarly journals as Signs and the International Feminist Journal of Politics.
- James D. Fearon
- Peter D. Feaver - International security expert.
- David Fellman - Constitutional scholar
- Richard Fenno - Congress scholar, author of Home Style: House Members in their Districts
- Thomas Ferguson - Politics and economics
- Samuel Finer - Academic and author on political science and history of government.
- Norman Finkelstein - Author on political science, notable for The Holocaust Industry
- Morris P. Fiorina American Politics. Proposed retrospective vote theory.
- Peter Fishburn - Operations analysis and probability theory expert.
- Keith Fitzgerald - Immigration politics expert.
- James H. Fowler - Expert on political participation, the evolution of cooperation, and social network theory (UCSD)
- Ernst Fraenkel
- Francis Fukuyama - International political theory and biopolitics.
- Archon Fung
- Scott Gates (academic) - Specialist in international relations
- Anthony Giddens - Noted political sociologist originator of the Third Way.
- Robert Gilpin - International political economy specialist.
- Benjamin Ginsberg - Professor at Johns Hopkins University focusing on American politics.
- Sheldon Goldman - Expert on American federal courts, Professor at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst
- David F. Gordon - Political risk specialist, former US Director of Policy Planning.
- Harold Foote Gosnell - Research and writings on American politics, elections, and political parties in political science.
- Colin Gray - international security
- Ted Robert Gurr - Specialist on conflict and violence
- Amy Gutmann - political theory expert; (2004–present) President of the University of Pennsylvania
- Jacob Hacker - Professor of Political Science at Yale University.
- Harry Harding - China specialist.
- Thomas Hare - Devised Single Transferable Vote (also known as Hare's method).
- Jeremy Harris - American Politics Specialist
- Michael Hart - British twentieth century politics specialist.
- Louis Hartz - American author of The Liberal Tradition in America (1955).
- Colin Hay - influential British political scientist
- Marc Hetherington - Author of Why Trust Matters and offered new participation paradigm.
- Christopher J. Hill - International Relations scholar, Professor and Director of the Cambridge Centre of International Studies.
- Roger Hilsman - Aide TO John F. Kennedy, Columbia University Professor, and prolific author.
- Thomas Holbrook - Public Opinion and Elections Research, author Do Campaigns Matter?
- Donald L. Horowitz - Pioneered political science models for assessing ethnic conflict.
- Michael P. Howlett - Canadian political economy.
- Mark Huddleston - former President of Ohio Wesleyan University and President of the University of New Hampshire
- Samuel P. Huntington - Author of "Clash of Civilizations" and a noted comparativist.
- Kancha Ilaiah - Dalit scholar and social scientist
- Ronald Inglehart - Professor at the University of Michigan and director of the World Values Survey
- Gary Jacobson - United States Congress expert.
- Robert Jervis - International security specialist.
- Chalmers Johnson - Comparative theorist.
- Jason A. Johnson - Campaign management
- Loch K. Johnson - United States intelligence expert.
- Charles O. Jones - Specialist in American politics
- Bertrand de Jouvenel - French political scientist. Co-founder of Mont Pelerin Society
- Peter Katzenstein - Professor at Cornell, former president of the American Political Science Association
- Ira Katznelson - Specialist in American and Comparative politics
- Dennis Kavanagh
- Michael Keating - Specialist in nationalism, European integration and regionalism
- Edmond Keller - Specialist in African politics
- Willmoore Kendall, noted political theorist and teacher of William F. Buckley, Jr.
- Robert O. Keohane - Interdependence theory author.
- Ben Kerkvliet - Specialist in Comparative politics
- Cornelius Kerwin - President of American University
- V.O. Key, Jr. - Elections, parties and public opinion scholar.
- Gary King - Professor at Harvard, political methodologist.
- John W. Kingdon - Specialist in American politics
- Grayson L. Kirk - Specialist in international relations and President of Columbia University
- Henry Kissinger - Former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor to President Richard M. Nixon.
- Herbert Kitschelt - author on new radical right parties
- Stephen D. Krasner - International regimes author, Director of Policy Planning under Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, and professor at Stanford University.
- Michael Krassa - Elections, social context, architecture and society. Lobbyist, consultant, political sociologist and Chair of Human Dimensions of Environmental Systems department at University of Illinois at Urbana.
- Oskar Krejčí - Theory of international relations, elections and political psychology, former advisor to two Czechoslovak premieres.
- James Kurth
- Will Kymlicka - Originated the theoretical foundations of multiculturalism.
- Guy Laforest - Liberalism (John Locke) scholar and Quebec and Canadian politics specialist
- Harold Lasswell - Political communications, pioneered early efforts to establish the policy sciences and influential contributor to the Stages Heuristic
- Jack Layton - Former leader of the New Democratic Party of Canada, had a Ph.D in Political Science.
- Richard Ned Lebow - Noted constructivist, Cold War expert, author of Tragic Vision of Politics.
- Michael Leifer - International Relations, South Asian Studies, London School of Economics
- Arend Lijphart - Originator of consociationalism.
- Dan Lipinski - US House of Representatives (IL-D, 3rd)
- Juan Linz - Democracy specialist
- Seymour Martin Lipset - Renowned political theorist on democracy and development and parties. Taught at Stanford University.
- Ramon Llull - Discoverer of Condorcet Criterion and Borda Count
- Theodore Lowi - Major scholar of American politics at Cornell University
- Ian Lustick - State territoriality ethnic conflict and computer modelling in political science; University of Pennsylvania
- Niccolò Machiavelli - considered to be the originator of historically based political science. Author of The Prince
- Harvey C. Mansfield - Political philosophy (Harvard University)
- Donald Manzullo - Congressional Representative of Illinois' 16th District.
- Zeev Maoz - Arab-Israeli Conflict and international relations expert
- Jose M. Maravall - Political economist.
- David Marsh - influential British political scientist
- Juraj Marusiak - Slovak expert for Central and Eastern Europe
- David R. Mayhew - US legislative behavior and political parties expert.
- John McCormick - specialist in European Union politics.
- Michael McFaul - Russia specialist, professor and director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law at Stanford University
- John McGarry - Ethnic conflict specialist
- John Mearsheimer - Noted international relations theorist and national security expert.
- Thierry Meyssan - Political theorist of anti-imperialism
- Samuel Merrill III - Voting behavior and party competition.
- George Michael - specialist in right-wing extremism.
- Peter Middlebrook - political economist specialising in transition economies.
- David Miller - Political Philosopher specialized in theories of social justice
- Charles Mills- Political Philosopher specialising in race relations. Author of The Racial Contract
- Terry M. Moe - Specialist in American politics
- Malcolm Moos - Former President of the University of Minnesota
- Andrew Moravcsik - Professor at Princeton University, noted liberal IR theorist, specialist on European Union politics.
- Hans Morgenthau - Noted realist, international relations specialist.
- James D. Morrow - International relations expert and game theorist.
- Michael Munger - trained as an economist, chair of political science at Duke University, running for governor of North Carolina as a Libertarian
- Clark A. Murdock - Senior Adviser, Center for Strategic and International Studies
- Arthur Naftalin - Specialist in American politics and former Mayor of Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Antonio Negri
- Franz Leopold Neumann - known for analysis of National Socialism.
- David Nolan (libertarian) - founder of the United States Libertarian Party
- Douglass North - Nobel laureate
- Philip Norton - British politics expert
- Pippa Norris - Harvard comparative political scientist
- Joseph Nye - "Soft power" international security specialist; Kennedy School Dean.
- Brendan O'Leary - Ethnic conflict specialist
- Cornelius O'Leary - Irish historian and political scientist
- Bertell Ollman - political theorist
- Mancur Olson - International political economy specialist. Expert on collective action problems. Taught at the University of Maryland, College Park.
- A.F.K. Organski - Developed power transition theory in his 1958 book "World Politics".
- Elinor Ostrom - Specialist on common pool resources, and winner of 2009 Nobel Prize for Economics.
- Thomas Pangle - Political theorist at University of Texas at Austin
- Michael Parenti - Political Scientist and Author
- Vilfredo Pareto
- W. Robert Parks - Former President of Iowa State University
- Gianfranco Pasquino Italian political scientist. Electoral systems, comparative politics.
- Gleb Pavlovsky - Russian political scientist.
- Nelson W. Polsby - American politics scholar.
- Karl Popper - Theorist who invented the Open Society
- Samuel L. Popkin - Early expert on rational choice theory.
- Sergei M. Plekhanov - Russia relations expert
- Adam Przeworski - Democratic transitions theorist, author of Democracy and Development. Member of the September Group.
- Robert D. Putnam - Social capital theorist, author of Bowling Alone.
- Douglas W. Rae - Equality theorist
- Mahesh Rangarajan - Indian political analyst and researcher with a focus on contemporary Indian politics and the politics of wildlife conservation in India
- R. A. W. Rhodes - Public administration scholar
- Condoleezza Rice - Former National Security Advisor, former Secretary of State. Professor at Stanford University.
- Floyd M. Riddick - Parliamentarian of the United States Senate from 1964 to 1974, and developer of Riddick's Senate procedure.
- William H. Riker - 20th century political scientist who applied game theory to political science.
- Patrick T. Riley - political theorist and Kant scholar
- David Rohde - Congress scholar
- Stein Rokkan - Expert on political parties and movements, founder of the Institute for Comparative Politics.
- Richard Rose - American political scientist, Professor of Politics at the University of Aberdeen
- Richard Rosecrance - International relations and political economy expert.
- Clinton Rossiter - American government and constitutional history theorist.
- John Ruggie - International relations theorist, social constructivist.
- John Rawls - Political philosopher.
- Paul A. Sabatier - University of California professor Dept. Environment Science and Policy, invented Advocacy Coalition Framework.
- Larry Sabato - University of Virginia professor, director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics, and popular political analyst.
- Scott Sagan - Stanford professor and notable critic of deterrence theory.
- Slobodan Samardžić - Research includes political ideas and institutions, federalism, constitutionalism, and European Union.
- David Samuels - Comparativist scholar of Brazilian politics and political institutions.
- Austin Sarat - Public law specialist
- Giovanni Sartori - Comparativist, expert on constitutional theory and party systems; author of Parties and Party Systems.
- E.E. Schattschneider - Early political parties expert, author of Party Government and The Semisovereign People: A Realist's View of Democracy in America
- Cliff Schecter, political commentator and operative
- Steven Schier - Specialist in American Politics
- Gesine Schwan – Political scientist, president of the Viadrina European University, and nominated twice as a candidate for the federal presidential elections of Germany.
- James C. Scott - political economist, Southeast Asia area specialist
- Hossein Seifzadeh - Iranian Professor of Political Science at University of Tehran and expert on strategic and security issues in the Middle East
- Mitchell A. Seligson - Centennial Professor of Political Science Vanderbilt University and founder of Latin American Public Opinion Project and AmericasBarometer
- Donna Shalala - Former United States Secretary of Health and Human Services
- Beth Simmons - Prominent international relations scholar focusing on human rights.
- Theda Skocpol - Comparative sociologist, former president of American Political Science Association, (Harvard University)
- Stephen Skowronek - Presidency and American political development scholar (Yale University)
- Anne-Marie Slaughter - Scholar of international relations, former president of the American Society of International Law.
- Matthew Soberg Shugart - Scholar of constitutional design and electoral systems.
- Daniel Šmihula - Specialist for international and European law and security studies (Institute of Political Science of SAS)
- Jean Edward Smith - political economist, biographer, international relations, constitutional law.
- Rogers Smith - Pulitzer Prize finalist, American politics expert at the University of Pennsylvania
- Steven S. Smith - American politics, congressional politics, Russian politics; Director, Weidenbaum Center
- Herbert A. Simon - Nobel Prize winning professor at Carnegie Mellon. A founder of artificial intelligence research, he received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Chicago
- Peverill Squire - Americanist
- Michael Steed - British political scientist, developed the concept of "Steed swing" as distinct from "Butler swing"
- Alfred Stepan - Comaparativist, Wallace S. Sayre Professor of Government at Columbia University
- Zeev Sternhell - Theorist, political historian of political ideology.
- John G. Stoessinger - International relations theorist, author of "The Might of Nations: World Politics in our Time".
- Donald Stokes—Former Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton, expert on elections.
- Herbert Storing - American politics expert.
- Susan Strange - British expert in international relations, taught at the London School of Economics
- Carol Swain - Professor of Law and Political Science at Vanderbilt University, expert of immigration and race.
- Rein Taagepera - Comparativist, expert on electoral systems and history of government.
- Dennis Thompson - Political theorist at Harvard University
- Virginia Tilley - specialist on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict
- Charles Tilly - Professor at Columbia University, his work includes contentious politics and evolution of modern states
- Herbert Tingsten - Professor of political science at Stockholm University
- J. Ann Tickner - Feminist international relations theorist and current president of the International Studies Association (ISA).
- George Tsebelis - Game theorist notable for his general theory of Veto players and for describing the Robinson Crusoe fallacy.
- Stephen Van Evera - MIT international relations expert, known for proposing Offense-Defense theory
- Sidney Verba
- Eric Voegelin - Major work, "Order and History" in five volumes, he rejected the notion that political science should become a positivistic social science.
- Helen Wallace - International relations specialist.
- Stephen Walt - International relations specialist.
- Kenneth N. Waltz - Founder of the neorealist international relations school
- Michael Walzer - International relations, just war theory
- Alexander Wendt - Social constructivism proponent
- Darrell M. West - Specialist in electronic government, Brookings Institution director of Governance Studies
- John Henry Whyte - Specialist in Northern Irish politics
- Aaron Wildavsky - Author of "Risk and Culture"
- Bruce A. Williams - Specialist in American politics
- Danny Williams - Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador.
- James Q. Wilson - Former President of the American Political Science Association
- Woodrow Wilson - Former Professor of Politics at Princeton University and former U.S. President
- William Wohlforth - International relations scholar
- Susan L. Woodward - Professor at the Graduate Program at The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
- Atilla Yayla – Professor of Politics, Political Economy and Political Philosophy at Gazi University in Turkey, and president of the Association for Liberal Thinking.
- Crawford Young - Noted comparativist, Africa scholar.
- Fareed Zakaria - International Relations Expert
- John Zaller - Author of "The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion," at UCLA.