Erkki Berndtson (b. 1947, Helsinki) is an independent researcher in political science. Until his retirement in 2015, he was a member of the political science staff at the University of Helsinki over forty years. Berndtson received his M.A. in Political Science in 1970 (University of Helsinki) and Lic. of Social Sciences in 1981 (University of Helsinki). He has been a Visiting Scholar at the Universities of Gothenburg (1973), Chicago (1983), California, Berkeley (1990) and Harvard (1990). He has also held the titles of Editor-in-Chief of Politiikka, a journal of the Finnish Political Science Association (1985-86), a Member of the Executive Committee of the Nordic Political Science Association (1981-93), President of the Finnish Political Science Association (1995-99), a Member of the Executive Council and its Coordinating Committee of the European Political Science Network, epsNet (2002-05) and Chair of the IPSA Research Committee on “The Study of Political Science as a Discipline” (2012-16). He is a member of the Editorial Board of “Journal of Political Power”. His research interests include the history of political science, politics of higher education, power and democratic theory, architecture and public space as well as U.S. government and politics.