Aníbal Pérez-Liñán is the director of the Kellogg Institute for International Studies and 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.
Lia De Valenzuela
(Winner of the American Political Science Association Legislative Studies Section's 2022 Jewell-Loewenberg Prize in Comparative Politics)
"Party Discipline in the Brazilian Constitutional Congress"
Working Paper Number: 235
Published: March 1997
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
- 2022 Jewell-Loewenberg Prize in Comparative Politics: Winner for “Oversight or Representation? Public Opinion and Impeachment Resolutions in Argentina and Brazil” ; coauthor Mariana Llanos at GIGA (Hamburg)
Democratization Theory Research Cluster Workshop
‘Being True to Our Roots’: The Kellogg Institute Welcomes New Latin Americanists
Dec 12, 2018
Six Latin American specialists have joined the Kellogg Institute’s faculty, deepening its historic expertise on the region. A seventh will return to the Institute next fall.
Panel Says Latin America Holds Lessons on Democracy, Authoritarianism
Oct 9, 2018
Latin America, with its history of authoritarianism and democratization holds lessons for the rest of the world, according to Kellogg Institute faculty fellows who spoke at a panel discussion earlier this month.
The Threat of Impeachment Can Push Presidents Out the Door. But There's a Catch.
Apr 11, 2018
Former Distinguished Research Affiliate and Former Visiting Fellow Aníbal Pérez-Liñán (political science) has co-authored a news article highlighting some of the pitfalls of presidential impeachment (Washington Post).