List of Famous Political Scientists People

List of Famous Political Scientists

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List of famous political scientists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top political scientists in the world? This includes the most prominent political scientists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable political scientists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic political scientists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned political scientists.

List features people like Woodrow Wilson, Condoleezza Rice.

From reputable, prominent, and well known political scientists to the lesser known political scientists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the political scientist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous political scientists ever?" and "What are the names of famous political scientists?" then you're in the right place. (717 items)

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    Condoleezza Rice
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    Condoleezza "Condi" Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the administration of President George W. Bush. Rice was the first female African-American secretary of state, as well as ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Birmingham, USA, Alabama
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat, Political scientist
    • Credits: Morning Glory, True Bromance
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    Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of the United States from 1913 to 1921 and leader of the Progressive Movement. A Southerner with a PhD in political science, he served as President of Princeton University from 1902 to 1910. He was Governor of New Jersey from 1911 to 1913, and led his ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1856-1924)
    • Birthplace: Virginia, USA
    • Profession: Politician, Historian, Professor, Political scientist, Political Science, + more
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    Zbigniew Brzezinski
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    Zbigniew Kazimierz Brzezinski is a Polish American political scientist, geostrategist, and statesman who served as a counselor to Lyndon B. Johnson from 1966–1968 and held the position of United States National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter from 1977 to 1981. Brzezinski belongs to the ...more

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    • Age: age 87
    • Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic
    • Profession: Politician, Political scientist, Author, Strategist, Critic
    • Credits: Iran: The Hundred Year War
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    Paul Wellstone
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    Paul David Wellstone was an American academic and politician who represented Minnesota in the United States Senate from 1991 until his death in a plane crash in 2002. A member of the Democratic Farmer-Labor Party, Wellstone was a leading spokesman for the progressive wing of the national Democratic ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1944-2002)
    • Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Professor, Political scientist
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    George F. Kennan
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    George Frost Kennan was an American advisor, diplomat, and historian, known best as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion at the end of World War II. He later reversed himself on containment. He lectured widely and wrote scholarly histories of the relations between USSR and the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 101 (1904-2005)
    • Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Biographer, Diplomat, Historian, Political scientist, + more
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    Jürgen Habermas is a German sociologist and philosopher in the tradition of critical theory and pragmatism. He is perhaps best known for his theories on communicative rationality and the public sphere. Global polls consistently find that Habermas is widely recognized as one of the world's leading ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Düsseldorf, Germany
    • Profession: Political scientist, Philosopher
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    Norman Gary Finkelstein is an American political scientist, activist, professor, and author. His primary fields of research are the Israeli–Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust, an interest motivated by the experiences of his parents who were Jewish Holocaust survivors. He is a ...more

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    • Age: age 62
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Political scientist, Author, Writer
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    Hannah Arendt
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    Johanna "Hannah" Arendt was a German-born political theorist. Though often described as a philosopher, she rejected that label on the grounds that philosophy is concerned with "man in the singular" and instead described herself as a political theorist because her work centers on the fact that "men, not ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1906-1975)
    • Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
    • Profession: Political scientist, Author, Essayist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Bjørn Lomborg
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    Bjørn Lomborg is the director of the Copenhagen Consensus Center and a former director of the Environmental Assessment Institute in Copenhagen. He became internationally known for his best-selling and controversial book, The Skeptical Environmentalist. In 2002, Lomborg and the Environmental Assessment ...more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Frederiksberg, Copenhagen, Denmark
    • Profession: Professor, Political scientist, Scientist, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Cool It
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    Paul Wolfowitz
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    Paul Dundes Wolfowitz is a former President of the World Bank, United States Ambassador to Indonesia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, and former dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Political scientist, Banker
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    Melissa Victoria Harris-Perry is an American writer, professor, television host, and political commentator with a focus on African-American politics. Harris-Perry hosts the Melissa Harris-Perry weekend news and opinion television show on MSNBC. She is also a regular fill-in host on The Rachel Maddow ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Political scientist, Writer
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    Leo Strauss
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    Leo Strauss was a German-American political philosopher and classicist who specialized in classical political philosophy. He was born in Germany to Jewish parents and later emigrated from Germany to the United States. He spent most of his career as a professor of political science at the University of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1899-1973)
    • Birthplace: Kirchhain, Germany
    • Profession: Professor, Political scientist, Scientist, Writer, Philosopher
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    Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet
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    Marie Jean Antoine Nicolas de Caritat, marquis de Condorcet, known as Nicolas de Condorcet, was a French philosopher, mathematician, and early political scientist whose Condorcet method in voting tally selects the candidate who would beat each of the other candidates in a run-off election. Unlike many ...more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1743-1794)
    • Birthplace: Ribemont, France
    • Profession: Mathematician, Political scientist, Philosopher
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    Antony Cyril Sutton was a British and American economist, historian, and writer.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1925-2002)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Historian, Political scientist, Economist, Engineer
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    Virgil Madgearu
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    Virgil Traian N. Madgearu was a Romanian economist, sociologist, and left-wing politician, prominent member and main theorist of the Peasants' Party and of its successor, the National Peasants' Party. He had an important activity as an essayist and journalist, being for long a member on the editorial ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1887-1940)
    • Birthplace: Romania
    • Profession: Political scientist, Economist, Writer
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    Alan W. Bock was an American libertarian author. He was a senior editorial writer and former editorial page editor for the Orange County Register for over 25 years. He wrote regular columns for WorldNetDaily,, and and was a contributing editor at Liberty magazine. He had also ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1943-2011)
    • Profession: Journalist, Political scientist
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    George Friedman
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    George Friedman is an American political scientist and author. He is the founder, chief intelligence officer, financial overseer, and CEO of the private intelligence corporation STRATFOR. He has authored several books, including The Next 100 Years, The Next Decade, America's Secret War, The Intelligence ...more

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    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, Hungary
    • Profession: Businessperson, Politician, Entrepreneur, Political scientist, Author, + more
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    Robert Kagan is an American historian, author, columnist, and foreign-policy commentator. Kagan is often characterized as a leading neoconservative, but prefers the term "liberal interventionist". A co-founder of the Project for the New American Century, he is a senior fellow at the Brookings ...more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Athens, Greece
    • Profession: Political scientist, Author, Writer
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    Vojislav Šešelj
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    Vojislav Šešelj is a Serbian politician, writer and lawyer. A staunch pro-Russian Serbian nationalist, he is the founder and president of the Serbian Radical Party and a former member of the Serbian Parliament. He is currently awaiting the verdict for alleged war crimes and is suspected of being ...more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    • Profession: Politician, Political scientist, Writer
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    Anthony Lake
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    William Anthony Kirsopp Lake, best known as Tony Lake, is the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, author, academic, and former American diplomat, Foreign Service Officer, and political advisor. He has been a foreign policy advisor to many Democratic U.S. presidents and presidential ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: New York City, Area code 917, Contiguous United States, New York, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Businessperson, Professor, Political scientist
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