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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 Vanderbilt University.
- Gad Barzilai – Law and Politics, Human Rights and Politics, Communities and Law at University of Washington.
- Richard K. Betts – Prize-winning author in a number of political science areas
- Mark Bevir - professor of political science and Director of the Center for British Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Famous for his work on governance.
- Thomas A. Birkland - Author of Lessons of Disaster.
- 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
- Zbigniew Brzezinski – Polish American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. In September 2007 during a speech on the Iraq war, Obama introduced Brzezinski as "one of our most outstanding thinkers".
- 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
- Martha Finnemore – International relations and international organizations scholar
- 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)
- Annette Baker Fox – International relations scholar
- William T. R. Fox – International relations theorist, coiner of the term "superpower"
- 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.
- Hannes Hólmsteinn Gissurarson – Professor of Political Science at the University of Iceland focusing on political theory.
- Donald Green – Professor of Political Science at Columbia University focusing on field experiments in American politics.
- Sheldon Goldman – Expert on American federal courts, Professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Judith Goldstein – expert on politics of trade and American foreign policy, Stanford
- 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.
- Joanne Gowa International relations and international political economy, Princeton
- 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, The Third Wave: Democratization in the Late Twentieth Century, and a noted comparativist.
- Kancha Ilaiah – Dalit scholar and social scientist
- Nahomi Ichino African and comparative politics; political methods, University of Michigan
- Ronald Inglehart – Professor at the University of Michigan and founder of the World Values Survey
- Gary Jacobson – United States Congress expert.
- Dayan Jayatilleka – Sri Lankan Diplomat, Political scientist and an author.
- 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
- Robert C. Lieberman - Scholar of American politics and provost of Johns Hopkins University
- 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)
- 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.
- 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
- Amrita Narlikar – Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Rising Powers
- 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
- Jewel Limar Prestage – A founding member of the National Conference of Black Political Scientists and the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Political Science.
- 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, pioneer of the study of policy networks in British government.
- 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
- Warner R. Schilling – Specialist in international relations and military technology
- 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.
- Marco Tarchi – Professor at University of Florence, Right-wing militant and creator of Nouvelle Droite.
- Tatu Vanhanen – democratization and ethnic nepotism
- 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
- Patricia A. Weitsman – International relations scholar, alliance 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.