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Charles Edward Merriam
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Charles Edward Merriam Jr.

(1874-11-15)November 15, 1874
Died January 8, 1953(1953-01-08) (aged 78)
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Known for
  • Development of behavioralism
  • service on the Brownlow Committee
Elizabeth Hilda Doyle
(m. 1900)
Children Robert E. Merriam
Scientific career
Institutions University of Chicago
Thesis History of the Theory of Sovereignty Since Rousseau (1900)
Academic advisors John Burgess
Doctoral students
  • V. O. Key Jr.
  • Harold Lasswell

Charles Edward Merriam Jr. (1874–1953) was an American professor of political science at the University of Chicago, founder of the behavioral approach to political science, a trainer of many graduate students, a prominent intellectual in the Progressive Movement, and an advisor to several US Presidents. Upon his death, The New York Times called him "one of the outstanding political scientists in the country".

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