Scott Mainwaring is the Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor of Brazil Studies at Harvard Kennedy School and faculty co-chair of the Harvard Brazil Studies Program. Previously, he taught at the University of Notre Dame. A Kellogg faculty fellow for the entirety of his 33 years with the university, Mainwaring served as director of the Kellogg Institute for thirteen years between 1997 and 2012.

His research interests include political parties and party systems, democratic and authoritarian regimes, democratization, and political institutions in Latin American. His most recent book  Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (with Aníbal Pérez-Liñán, Cambridge University Press, 2013) won best book awards from the Comparative Democratization section of the American Political Science Association and the Political Institutions section of the Latin American Studies Association. His edited book, Party Systems in Latin America: Institutionalization, Decay, and Collapse (Cambridge University Press), is forthcoming.

Mainwaring was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2010.

Thematic Interests

Democratic institutions and democratization; political parties; the Catholic Church in Latin America

Research Tags

Kellogg Book Series

Problems Confronting Contemporary Democracies, Douglas Chalmers and Scott Mainwaring eds., (University of Notre Dame Press, 2012)


Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Working Papers

Other Accomplishments & Recognitions
  • Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2010
  • James C. Burns, CSC Graduate School Award (given annually to a Notre Dame faculty member for distinguished teaching of graduate students) 2005

Upcoming Events


February 23 to February 24
2018 Human Development Conference
Conferences/Workshops, Undergraduate Programs
Abigail Midlige, Tommy Emmet
February 23
The Curious Case of Political Liberalization: A Step to Democratization or an Authoritarian Survival Strategy?
Working Groups, Comparative Politics Workshop
M. Tahir Kilavuz


February 26
Diálogo: Journalism, Violence, and Freedom of Speech in Mexico
Working Groups, Latin American History Working Group, Mexico Working Group
Katherine Corcoran, Gema Santamaría
February 26
Deadline: Experiencing the World (ETW) Fellowships
Deadlines, Undergraduate Programs
February 26
Deadline: Doctoral Research Grants