Aníbal Pérez-Liñán is a professor of political science and global affairs at the University of Notre Dame, where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Political Science and the Keough School of Global Affairs. He is a former Kellogg Institute distinguished research affiliate, visiting fellow, and dissertation year fellow. His research focuses on democratization, the rule of law, political stability, and institutional performance among new democracies.
Pérez-Liñán was a political science professor and longtime core faculty member at the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Pittsburgh before returning to Notre Dame in 2018. He is currently researching the political conditions that preclude judicial independence in developing countries and the consequences of political radicalization for democratic survival.
His publications include Presidential Impeachment and the New Political Instability in Latin America (Cambridge University Press, 2007) and, with Scott Mainwaring, the award-winning Democracies and Dictatorships in Latin America: Emergence, Survival, and Fall (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He is editor in chief of the Latin American Research Review (LARR), the scholarly journal of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA), and co-editor with Kellogg Institute Director Paolo Carozza of the Kellogg Series on Democracy and Development at the University of Notre Dame Press.
Pérez-Liñán earned a PhD from Notre Dame and a BA from the Universidad del Salvador in Argentina.
Why Regions of the World are Important: Regional Specificities and Region-Wide Diffusion of Democracy
Working Paper Number: 322
Published: October 2005
Regime Legacies and Democratization: Explaining Variance in the Level of Democracy in Latin America, 1978—2004
Working Paper Number: 354
Published: December 2008
Level of Development and Democracy: Latin American Exceptionalism, 1945-1996
Working Paper Number: 301
Published: December 2003
"Classifying Political Regimes in Latin America, 1945-1999"
Working Paper Number: 280
Published: September 2000
Effects of US Foreign Assistance on Democracy Building, 1990–2014: An Update
Working Paper Number: 436
Published: June 2020
Kellogg Faculty Fellows Among Experts Warning of Threat to US Democracy
Jun 8, 2021
Three faculty fellows at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies are among more than 100 scholars who signed a strongly-worded statement of concern that warns of the breakdown of American democracy and the deterioration of the elections system.
Desierto and Pérez-Liñan Write on the New World Bank Accountability Mechanism
Nov 11, 2020
Faculty Fellows Diane Desierto (human rights law and global affairs) and Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (political science and global affairs) are part of a collaborative team that authored an article on the European Journal of International Law's EJIL:Talk!, a leading international law blog.