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John Mearsheimer

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John Joseph Mearsheimer (; born December 14, 1947) is an American political scientist and international relations scholar, who belongs to the realist school of thought. He is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor at the University of Chicago. He has been described as the most influential realist of his generation.Mearsheimer is best known for developing the theory of offensive realism, which describes the interaction between great powers as being primarily driven by the rational desire to achieve regional hegemony in an anarchic international system. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Mearsheimer has received more than 1,464,704 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 23 in 2019). John Mearsheimer is the 22nd most popular political scientist, the 3,628th most popular biography from United States (up from 4,307th in 2019) and the 8th most popular American Political Scientist.

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Among political scientists, John Mearsheimer ranks 22 out of 29Before him are Aleksandr Dugin, David Easton, Muhammad Asad, Robert D. Putnam, Arend Lijphart, and Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut. After him are Leonard Hobhouse, William Graham Sumner, Norman Finkelstein, Robert Keohane, Graham Allison, and Olivier Roy.

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Among people born in 1947, John Mearsheimer ranks 232Before him are Sergio Badilla Castillo, Mitsuo Tsukahara, Brian Herbert, Sogyal Rinpoche, Kōzō Okamoto, and James Dyson. After him are Massiel, Somchai Wongsawat, Co Adriaanse, Anwar Ibrahim, Alan Guth, and Karol Dobiaš.

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Among people born in United States, John Mearsheimer ranks 3,628 out of 18,182Before him are Don Nelson (1940), R. A. Salvatore (1959), Gore Verbinski (1964), Michael Jai White (1967), Michael Gazzaniga (1939), and Crawford Long (1815). After him are David Blaine (1973), Gil Amelio (1943), John Lloyd Stephens (1805), Henry Kuttner (1915), David Eddings (1931), and Harold E. Varmus (1939).


Among political scientists born in United States, John Mearsheimer ranks 8Before him are Francis Fukuyama (1952), Harold Lasswell (1902), Robert A. Dahl (1915), Gene Sharp (1928), Joseph Nye (1937), and Robert D. Putnam (1941). After him are William Graham Sumner (1840), Norman Finkelstein (1953), Robert Keohane (1941), Graham Allison (1940), and James Flynn (1934).